FieldWorks Releases Next-Generation Mobile Data Server

FW2000 Series II delivers enhanced performance, connectivity and multimedia capabilities

Eden Prairie, Minn., April 24, 2000 - FieldWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FWRX), a leading solution provider and mobile computer supplier for demanding field applications, today announced the availability of its next-generation Mobile Data Server the FieldWorks FW2000 Series II.

Incorporating a host of enhancements to one of the world´s most advanced in-vehicle computing systems, the FW2000 Series II is now available from FieldWorks and authorized value-added resellers. For information, customers can contact FieldWorks at 1-888-343-5396.

"As a leading supplier of in-vehicle computing solutions, FieldWorks is committed to anticipating and meeting the needs of our mobile customers," said Dave Mell, president and CEO, FieldWorks. "With the introduction of the Series II, we´re keeping ahead of customer requirements by improving upon what was already one of the most rugged and sophisticated platforms available to users in specialized, demanding, in-vehicle environments."

With real-time data generation, capture and transmission capabilities becoming a "must-have" for mobile computing applications in police, military, agriculture, utility and trucking environments, the FW2000 Series II puts the power of today´s applications in the hands of in-vehicle users wherever they travel.

Specific features of the FW2000 Series II include:

Faster performance: To meet the growing performance demands that newer operating systems and applications place upon in-vehicle servers, the FW2000 Series II features the fastest in-vehicle processors made available by FieldWorks with speeds up to 333 MHz.
Expanded connectivity: With three serial ports and two USB ports, the FW2000 Series II offers impressive input/output capabilities to accommodate video cameras, storage devices or other peripherals needed for simultaneous, on-board computing applications. This allows the easy integration of magnetic card and fingerprint readers, RF modems, vehicle bus adapters and other equipment.
Enhanced multimedia capabilities: The FW2000 Series II features simultaneous dual-display output, enabling the operation of two, independent display panels from a single server. For ambulance applications, for example, this enables dispatch and routing information to be displayed on a screen mounted in the front of the vehicle near the driver, while a rear screen displays patient information needed by emergency medical technicians. An MPEG-2 decoder allows for video transmission and playback, enabling applications such as in-vehicle use of electronic training manuals with full-motion video. In addition, a new video interface allows for the capture, digitizing and storage of data from infrared cameras and other video devices that are becoming commonplace in the field.
Additional space saving and safety features: The FW2000 Series II features a new airbag-compliant, space-saving dash mount, and a "graceful shutdown" function that prevents data loss or corruption in the event of a sudden power cutoff within the vehicle.

The FW2000 Series II also features the tested, proven ruggedness for which FieldWorks products have been known for years. For more information, visit FieldWorks online at

About FieldWorks:
FieldWorks Inc., founded in 1992, designs, manufactures and sells solutions incorporating rugged computers for transportation, public service, military/government and heavy equipment industries worldwide. FieldWorks provides a complete solution to customers that includes product customization, integration and support services. FieldWorks products are designed and produced in compliance with its formal quality system, which is certified to the international ISO9001 quality standard.

FieldWorks headquarters are at:
7631 Anagram Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Telephone: (612) 974-7000
Fax: (612) 974-7199

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