Product improvements and price cuts accompany release of 20,000th Ranger.

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced an immediate across-the-board price reduction on its entire line of new TDS Ranger rugged handhelds. The price reductions accompany TDS' recent re-launching of the Ranger line, which now features color screens on all models, increased memory and a wider range of extreme-weather operation.

New Rangers with 128 MB of Flash RAM have been reduced $400, while new Rangers with 32 MB of RAM are priced $300 less than the 32 MB monochrome models they replaced. And customers can upgrade to a new Ranger with 512 MB of Flash RAM for just $400 more than the 128 MB unit. The price reductions include stand-alone Rangers as well as Rangers bundled with TDS survey software, including Survey Pro(TM).

"TDS continues to give our customers greater value by improving the Ranger while making it more affordable than ever," said Bill Martin, TDS director of survey marketing. "We've just produced the 20,000th Ranger on the market, proof that our customers continue to rely on Ranger's rugged construction and proven reliability."

Every Ranger features a lightweight carbon fiber and polyurethane exterior that exceeds MIL-STD-810E standards for drops, shock and vibration and is rated IP 67 for protection against dust and water. All Rangers feature a 206 MHz Intel(R) StrongARM(R) processor, a 320 x 240 backlit reflective color display, 64 MB of SDRAM and a 57-key tactile-action keyboard with separate navigation, alpha and numeric keypads plus touch-screen input. The Ranger uses the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE .NET operating system.

Pricing and Availability
The Ranger is available from TDS-authorized dealers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Ranger 200C is $2,199 with 32 MB RAM, $2,599 with 128 MB RAM and $2,999 with 512 MB RAM. Software-bundled models range from $3,199 for the Ranger 200C with 32 MB RAM and Survey Standard(TM) to $6,299 for the Ranger 200C with 512 MB RAM and Survey Pro MaxT software that includes GPS and robotics modules.