Home » Tripod Data Systems Adds AA PowerBoot, Extended CF-Cap Accessories to Recon Rugged Handheld 10.28.2003
Allows users to run Recon with two AA batteries, use larger CompactFlash
cards with the same rugged field performance.
Tripod Data Systems (TDS), a wholly
owned subsidiary of Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), today announced two new
modules for the TDS Recon(TM) rugged handheld computer. The AA PowerBoot
Module(TM) allows users to run the Recon with two AA alkaline or lithium
batteries. The Extended CF-Cap(TM) provides room for large CompactFlash
(CF) cards such as GPS, LAN and wireless modems. Equipped with either
module, the Recon remains ultra-rugged and water resistant.
"Many current and potential Recon users have asked for the capabilities
these new modules provide," said Bill Martin, TDS director of marketing.
"Military customers in particular have asked for AA battery power, and
the extended cap lets users take advantage of the ever-growing number of
Like the standard rechargeable NiMH PowerBoot Module, the AA PowerBoot
Module includes a standard 9-pin serial port and a USB port for
connecting the Recon to a PC for rapid data transfer. At room
temperature, the Recon can run for about eight hours with two AA
alkaline batteries or 16 hours with two AA lithium batteries.
The Extended CF-Cap supports larger CF cards including GPS receivers and
802.11 wireless devices. It features a base piece for connecting to the
Recon, along with a mounting and quick-release locking mechanism for the
extended cap. The cap is composed of radio-wave-transparent materials to
improve the performance of enclosed GPS and wireless devices. As with
the standard CF-Cap(TM), the Extended CF-Cap is completely sealed to
protect the CF devices from dust, dirt, water and impacts from
TDS released the Recon, which runs the Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for
Pocket PC operating system, October 7 at the AUSA military trade show in
Washington, D.C. The new
About the Recon
The Recon rugged handheld computer comes with a 200- or 400-MHz Intel
XScale processor, 64 MB of SDRAM and up to 128 MB of internal
nonvolatile Flash storage. It features two CF slots and a PowerBoot
Module with a 15-hour rechargeable NiMH battery, plus a standard 9-pin
serial port and a high-speed USB port for connecting to a PC. The Recon
runs the Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC operating system.
Recon's rugged construction makes it ideal for land surveying, mapping,
civil engineering, construction, forestry, utility, facilities and asset
management, machine control, law enforcement and military applications.
It weighs just 17 ounces, and its rounded edges provide a comfortable
grip. Large, widely spaced buttons are easy to use, and its reflective
color TFT display is bright and clear in sunlight. The Recon exceeds the
MIL-STD-810F military standard for drops, vibration and temperature
extremes. It also comes with an IP67 rating, meaning it's dust resistant
and can withstand accidental immersion in up to a meter of water.