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May 1, 2002

Garmin Patents Location-Reporting Feature on ‘RINO’ Radios

CAYMAN ISLANDS/May 1, 2002/PR Newswire — Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) today announced that the company’s subsidiary, Garmin Corp., has been granted U.S. Patent No. 6,373,430 for an invention that covers the "peer-to-peer position reporting" feature on the company’s soon-to-be-released RINO product line of GPS-enabled, two-way radios. The patent covers a portable device that combines GPS and radio technologies that enable the device to transmit its position to another such device, and a system and method for indicating the location of one portable GPS/radio device on the display of another portable GPS/radio. As of April 30, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have been issued 67 U.S. patents and have 96 U.S. patent applications pending.

"We have long believed in the ability of GPS technology to deliver potential life-saving capabilities and our RINO products are an extension of that belief," said Dr. Min Kao, co-CEO and co-chairman of Garmin Ltd. "Our success has been the result of a committed investment in the research and development of new technologies and new products and this patent is further evidence of our leadership and innovation."

The RINO (Radios Integrated with Navigation for the Outdoors) radios combine Garmin’s proven GPS technology with popular two-way voice communications on the Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). The radios have standard FRS/GMRS features (22 channels, 38 squelch codes and external voice activation) and versatile GPS navigation capabilities (12-channel WAAS-enabled receiver, multiple grid formats, storage for 500 waypoints, 20 reversible routes, trip computer, and stopwatch functions). And the RINO radios are the only FRS/GMRS radios that are waterproof. The base model (RINO 110) offers basic two-way voice communications and GPS features. The upscale version (RINO 120) adds a voice scrambler, vibrating silent-call option, a basemap of North and South America with highways and lakes, and 8 MB of internal memory for downloading detailed electronic map data from Garmin’s exclusive MapSource CD-ROM products.

The patent covers the "peer-to-peer position reporting" feature on the RINO radios — which is made possible by the combination of GPS and two-way radio technologies. So at the touch of a button, you can transmit your position over the FRS spectrum (two-mile range) to a friend’s RINO. Your precise location is then displayed on your friend’s RINO, including distance and bearing from his or her position to yours — creating a useful feature to round up a family at an amusement park or efficiently rescue someone in an outdoor emergency.

The first RINO products — the RINO 110 and RINO 120 — are both expected to be available this summer and have suggested retail prices of $194.27 and $267.84, respectively.

About Garmin:

Through Garmin Ltd.’s operating subsidiaries, the company designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Investor Relations site of Garmin Ltd. at www.garmin.com or contact the Investor Relations department at 913-397-8200. GARMIN is a registered trademark, and Rino and MapSource are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements:

This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s future financial position, revenues, earnings, product introductions, plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin. Information concerning risk factors that could affect Garmin’s actual results is contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2001 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded from http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.

 

 

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