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July 19, 2002

Garmin® Debuts Pilot-Friendly GPSMAP® 196 Portable Navigator

GPSMAP 196

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that it is introducing the GPSMAP 196 — a fast, crisp, feature-rich aviation portable GPS device for pilots and flight instructors. The company will unveil the product at AirVenture 2002 in Oshkosh, Wis., as the latest addition to its popular line of pilot-friendly portables and said the GPSMAP 196 not only was shipping, but would also be sold at the show — the world’s largest gathering of pilots.

The GPSMAP 196 continues the legacy of the popular GPSMAP 195 aviation portable and will replace it in Garmin's lineup of aviation handhelds. The GPSMAP 196 provides a second layer of situational awareness for pilots, allowing them not only to see their position along a route on an electronic map that integrates Jeppesen® and general landmark data, but also view GPS-derived ground speed, altitude, vertical speed and turn coordination. Pilots will see the same robust mapping, intuitive software and ease-of-use interface that initially attracted them to the GPSMAP 195. But they will also notice large leaps in performance: Twice the redraw speed and twice the screen resolution.

Innovative Features:

Garmin has added an automatic logbook feature to the GPSMAP 196 that enables aviators to answer three important questions – when, where, and how long. The internal logging system is GPS-derived and stores the date, points of departure and arrival, day/night flight conditions, and total duration of flight. As an added benefit, Garmin has developed FlightBook software that allows pilots to upload data from the automatic logbook and enter aircraft information, procedural comments, instrument approaches, landings, and VFR/IFR daytime conditions. A printout helps to organize pilot and flight instructor records. The software can be downloaded from Garmin's website in August.

The GPSMAP 196 also incorporates runway extensions on the internal map database. Similar to a localizer function on an approach plate, a runway extension appears as a "cone" on the basemap. It helps the pilot to find an airport, the appropriate flight path and the landing pattern alignment — an especially helpful tool on hazy days in congested airspace or when flying into an unfamiliar airport.

The GPSMAP 196 also provides easier access to aviation data using a highlighting function. For instance, when the pilot moves the cursor to an aviation icon and highlights a particular VOR or NDB, the identifier, name and frequency is displayed. The pilot can then tune the frequency on their avionics without having to search further.

Cross-Platform Capabilities:

"With the GPSMAP 196, we have blended our latest innovations in aviation, marine and automotive portable navigation to deliver a no-excuses, lightning-fast device that is truly a cross-platform navigator," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "The GPSMAP 196 offers pilots more utility than any aviation portable on the market."

The GPSMAP 196 also combines the user interface of the popular GPSMAP 176 marine portable and the versatile GPS V mobile navigation device to create a GPS navigator that is easy to move from the cockpit to an automobile or boat.

The GPSMAP 196 has built-in automotive capabilities like automatic route generation, turn-by-turn guidance, and audible alerts that make driving a snap. Simply input a destination and the device calculates the shortest or fastest route using the internal basemap of highways and thoroughfares. Then it guides the user through a series of turns, alerting him or her when it is time to turn or when he/she is approaching the destination. The optional auto kit includes two mounts, a USB data card programmer, a 64-MB data card and the MapSource® City Select® CD-ROM for detailed mapping and address look-up capabilities for cities in either North America or Europe.

Pilots with a passion for boating or sailing will appreciate the marine mode on the GPSMAP 196 — especially with a worldwide marine database and U.S. tide data. When coupled with the optional marine kit (USB data card programmer, 16-MB data card, and BlueChart® CD), the GPSMAP 196 displays such information as depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, port plans, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages and much more. And they shouldn’t worry about getting the unit wet; Garmin engineered the GPSMAP 196 to be waterproof.

Other specifications of the GPSMAP 196:

  • Detailed basemap: General map data including highways, major roads, river, lakes and borders
  • Dedicated buttons: Find, Menu, Zoom Out/In, Page, Quit, Navigation, Power, and Nearest
  • Accurate: WAAS-capable GPS receiver with accuracy within 10 feet in North America
  • Sharp display: High-resolution (320x240 pixel count), 12-level grayscale display (3.75 inches diagonally)
  • Long battery life: 12 hours of typical use on four AA batteries
  • Multi-platform navigation: Land and water modes for easy navigation in a car or boat; accepts data from Garmin's MapSource products (City Select for driving, BlueChart for saltwater and Fishing Hot Spots for freshwater applications)
  • Waterproof to IPX-7 standards – can be immersed in one meter of water for 30 minutes
  • Lightweight: Only 12 ounces
  • Routes, Tracks, Waypoints: 50 routes (50 waypoints each), TracBack® technology, 1,000 waypoints with graphical icon identification

The GPSMAP 196 is first being sold at the 2002 AirVenture and will be available through authorized Garmin dealers afterward for a suggested retail price of $1,049. It will ship standard with a yoke mount, GA 26C antenna, 12-volt adapter cable, PC interface cable, and owner’s manual.

 

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by 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 Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, GPSMAP and TracBack are registered trademarks, and MapSource, FlightBook, City Select, BlueChart and GPS V® are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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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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July 24, 2001

Garmin® Introduces Mode-S Transponder — GTX™ 330

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation market, today announced the GTX 330 — a solid-state, Mode-S transponder with datalink capability.

"This product is an important addition to our avionics product line," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "The GTX 330 improves communication between the aircraft and air traffic control (ATC), and it will provide U.S. pilots with greater traffic awareness at busy airports through datalink services via the FAA’s Traffic Information Service (TIS)."

In 1999, the European aviation regulatory agency mandated Mode-S transponders for all IFR flights by April 2003 and Mode-S for all VFR flights by April 2005. The GTX 330 affordably meets this European mandate.

As a Level 2 Mode-S transponder with extended squitter, the GTX 330 can downlink aircraft parameters — such as position, velocity, altitude and attitude — to the air traffic control, reducing the interrogation workload of the ATC. Its Comm A/B protocol will enable modest datalink capabilities for such services as TIS and potentially Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)— which may be displayed in vivid color on the Garmin GNS 430 or GNS 530, as these services become available.

Pilots familiar with Garmin avionics will notice that the GTX 330 is built on the same receiver and transmitter technology as the best-selling GTX 327. Its solid-state design increases efficiency by using less power, less heat emissions and no warm-up time. The GTX 330 will also use the same easy-to-use pilot interface and feature the same high-contrast yellow and black LCD display and user-friendly keypad featuring a dedicated VFR button. But the GTX 330 goes a step further to add outside air temperature, altitude monitoring (with a built-in digitized voice annunciator to alert the pilot when preset altitude limits have been exceeded), and density altitude functions, and front-panel input for flight ID or tail numbers.

Garmin expects to deliver the GTX 330 Mode-S digital transponder in the third quarter of 2002 at a suggested retail price of $4,995.

Garmin International, Inc., is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices. The company’s primary markets are aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at .garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark and GNS 430,GNS 530, GTX 327 and GTX 330 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

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July 24, 2001

Garmin's GDL 49 Delivers Weather Data to the Cockpit

Weather capabilities add to MFD attributes of Garmin® 400/500 series
OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation market, today announced that satellite-based weather will soon be available on Garmin avionics through its new GDL 49 Satellite Data Link Transceiver. The GDL 49 is designed to enhance the capabilities of the Garmin 400/500 series.

By installing the GDL 49 and subscribing to Echo Flight’s weather datalink service, pilots will have instant access to NEXRAD weather data on their GNS 430 and GNS 530 — at any altitude, anywhere in the continental United States — as well as textual and graphical METAR information.

"Garmin is revolutionizing safety in the cockpit by offering up-to-the-minute weather data," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "When we designed the GNS 430 and GNS 530 we built in an expandable platform for flight-critical data."

The subscription-based weather data provided by Echo Flight is an alternative to other Flight Information Services (FIS) that are currently in development. Unlike broadcast FIS data, Echo Flight uses Orbcomm’s network of low-earth orbit satellites to deliver weather information to the cockpit on a request/reply basis. With the GDL 49, there are no altitude restrictions and you can request weather data at your current location, your destination or anywhere in between.

Weather capabilities are the latest interface addition to Garmin's integrated avionics systems, joining lightning detection and traffic to bolster the MFD attributes of the Garmin 400/500 series, including the revolutionary GNS 430 and GNS 530. The latter combine an IFR GPS/Nav/Comm/ILS with VOR, LOC and glideslope on a full-color moving map. While the GNS 430 boasts a four-inch diagonal display, the GNS 530 offers an impressive five-inch diagonal display.

The GDL 49 transceiver is expected to be available from Garmin at a suggested retail price of $3,495 in June of 2002.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices. The company’s primary markets are aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark and GDL 49, GNS 430 and GNS 530 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Echo Flight Inc. is located in Boulder, Colo. The company has been involved in the development and licensing of general aviation safety products since 1994. For more information on Echo Flight, call 303-413-9002 or visit its website at www.echoflight.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

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December 14, 2001

Cessna Brings Garmin® Avionics Aboard Popular Caravan Aircraft

OLATHE, Kan./Dec. 14/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the leading avionics manufacturer for the general aviation market, today announced that Cessna Aircraft Co. will offer Garmin's integrated avionics suite as optional equipment in its entire line of Caravan aircraft.

Cessna selected Garmin's GNS 530, GNS 430, GTX™ 327 digital transponder and GMA 340 audio panel as advanced avionics options on all new Caravan models — the Caravan 675, Caravan Amphibian, Grand Caravan and Super Cargomaster.

"Getting aboard the Cessna Caravan is a strong product endorsement and represents a significant step for us with this industry leader," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "This relationship has the potential of opening up a new area of growth for us in the air cargo and commuter transportation market."

At the heart of the Garmin avionics suite is the revolutionary GNS 430/530. Both radios integrate an IFR GPS/NAV/COM/ILS with VOR/LOC and glideslope on a high-resolution color display, delivering navigation-critical data on a single screen for easy pilot scanning and reduced cockpit workload. Both units also have interface capabilities for traffic, weather and lightning detection to provide increased safety and situational awareness to the owner and operator of the aircraft. The GTX 327 is a Mode-C transponder that displays flight time and current pressure altitude, and its solid-state design requires no warm-up time, reduces power output and lowers heat emissions. The GMA 340 audio panel provides pilots with reliable, versatile audio switching on a user-friendly front panel, featuring a six-position stereo intercom and three COM positions.

Cessna Caravans have long set the standard for reliability in freight, scheduled airline/commuter service, executive use, and special-mission applications and in operations that include unimproved, short runways. Because of the Caravan’s dependability and versatility, companies like Federal Express have added Caravans to their fleet.

Cessna Aircraft has already begun installing Garmin avionics in Caravans at its Wichita, Kan., factory.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's market-leading products serve the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and GNS, GTX and GMA are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Cessna Aircraft Co. is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), a $13 billion global, multi-industry company with market-leading businesses in Aircraft, Automotive, Industrial Products, Fastening Systems and Finance. Additional information is available online at www.textron.com.

Notice on forward-looking statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting 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. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

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February 02, 2002

Anglers Delight: Garmin® Triples Lakes Available on Fishing Hot Spots® CD

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today introduced the latest version of its MapSource® Fishing Hot Spots CD-ROM (V 4.00), which adds more than 200 lakes and provides detailed mapping of America’s best fishing destinations. That translates to three times more lake coverage than was available on Garmin's original Fishing Hot Spots CD.

Similar to the popular paper maps, consumers will find fishing-specific data on MapSource Fishing Hot Spots digital maps like depth contours, shorelines, and navigational aids like boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds. Anglers will even find helpful hints on the best type of lures and strategies to use when targeting a particular kind of fish — even the best time of year to fish certain areas. From Castaic Lake in California to Sebago Lake in Maine, the best fishing lakes are mapped out intuitively to give the user as much or as little information as he wants.

"More coverage means more fishing adventures," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "When combined with our GPS/mapping products, this software can help you unlock a lake’s best-kept fishing secrets and will make your fishing experience more productive — whether you’re a weekend sportsman or a tournament angler."

Garmin utilizes a simple point-and-click method of downloading the mapping into its various products. The map data from the CD can be transferred directly to the Garmin GPSMAP® 162 and GPSMAP 168 Sounder, or loaded on datacards for use on the new line of Garmin chartplotters and combination units — from the portable GPSMAP 176/176C to the high-end GPSMAP 2010/2010C. Or anglers can travel light by transferring the lake maps to Garmin eMap®, eTrex Legend, eTrex Vista, GPSMAP 76, GPSMAP 76S, or GPS V® handheld products.

MapSource Fishing Hot Spots was a big hit at the 2001 Wal-Mart RCL Championship in Green Bay and the 2001 Wal-Mart EverStart Championship at Pickwick Lake in Alabama, where finalists’ boats were outfitted with the software, enabling the top anglers to see better lake detail than ever before.

MapSource Fishing Hot Spots (V 4.00) will be available in February 2002 at a suggested retail price of $116.65. The price includes access to one geographic region of the user’s choice. For consumers wishing to upgrade to the new version from the original Fishing Hot Spots CD-ROM, Garmin has created a quick update process on its corporate website that will cost $30 per region.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is the leader in the general aviation and consumer 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 United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, GPSMAP, eMap and eTrex® are registered trademarks, and MapSource and GPS V are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Fishing Hot Spots is a registered trademark of Fishing Hot Spots Inc.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting 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. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

 

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January 8, 2001

Garmin® Licenses Palm OS software for Location-Enabled Handhelds

OLATHE, Kan. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 6, 2001 — Garmin Corporation, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading provider of navigation, communication and information electronics, and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), a leading provider of handheld computers, have entered into a licensing agreement to incorporate Palm OS(R) software in a new line of handheld products with Garmin's GPS hardware and software. Under the terms of the agreement, Garmin Corporation will develop, manufacture and market location-enabled handhelds that will be able to run the thousands of applications available for the Palm OS platform, thus diversifying Palm Powered(TM) handheld offerings.

"We are pleased to be a licensee of the Palm OS and look forward to utilizing this technology in our location-enabled devices," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International Inc. "Location technology is becoming a key ingredient in mobile computing platforms. The convergence of location technologies with Personal Information Management (PIM) and communication functions will provide customers a higher level of convenience and confidence, particularly when traveling to unfamiliar destinations."

"Palm looks for market leaders to expand the Palm(™) Economy in new directions," said Alan Kessler, chief operating officer for Products and Platform at Palm, Inc. "Location-based services and wireless applications are key components in our efforts to expand the Palm Economy. Garmin's leadership and strength in GPS solutions will provide customers with handhelds that are well-equipped to provide information about where they are, wherever they are."

Palm Powered products will complement Garmin's already broad line of GPS-enabled products. In 1999, Garmin introduced the eMap®, a handheld electronic map/GPS with the ability to locate addresses and points of interest, such as hotels and restaurants. The eMap joined the family of more than 50 models of GPS devices designed and manufactured by Garmin.

About Garmin
Garmin Corporation and Garmin International Inc. are members of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company’s full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200.

About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers (source: IDC, December 1999). Based on the Palm OS(R) platform, Palm's handheld solutions allow people to carry and access their most critical information with them wherever they go. Palm handhelds address the needs of individuals, enterprises and educational institutions through thousands of application solutions. The Palm OS platform is also the foundation for products from Palm's licensees and strategic partners, such as Cresenda Wireless; ePocrates, Inc.; Franklin Covey; Handspring; IBM; Sony; Symbol Technologies; and TRG. Platform licensees also include Kyocera, Samsung, and Nokia. The Palm Economy is a growing global community of industry-leading licensees, world-class OEM customers, and more than 130,000 innovative developers and solution providers that have registered to support the Palm operating system and platform. Palm went public on March 2, 2000. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol PALM. More information is available at http://www.palm.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Registration Statement on Form S-1 dated Dec. 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.
Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Garmin is a registered trademark and eMap is a trademark of Garmin Corporation.

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Garmin® GPS Helps BMW Motorcyclists Find Their Way

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of GPS-enabled navigation, communication and information devices, is pleased to announce a new relationship with BMW of North America LLC, Motorcycle Group that promises to give motorcyclists the ultimate in satellite navigation. BMW will soon market a derivative of Garmin's popular StreetPilot® III satellite navigation system as the BMW RideFinder GPS and offer it initially as an optional installation on the K 1200 LT touring motorcycles.

"Garmin and BMW are known within their respective industries for providing high-quality, high-end products with superior customer satisfaction and support," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "The addition of our navigation system on the K 1200 LT will heighten sales opportunities for BMW dealers and enhance the traveling experience for their customers."

The BMW RideFinder takes the best of Garmin GPS technology and offers BMW riders exclusive value-packed features — including an internal database of all BMW dealerships across the country, a unique audio wiring and mounting system and a 64-MB datacard. This portable satellite navigation system pinpoints the rider’s location on a high-resolution, color map and delivers the added benefits of turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. After the rider selects a destination, the system calculates the best route, develops a directory of turn instructions and audibly notifies him when he is approaching his next turn or final destination.

Motorcyclists will also appreciate the fact that the RideFinder GPS is waterproof, so adventures are not limited to fair weather. And when they get the itch to ride, they can personalize their road trip using the RideFinder's built-in routable basemap or Garmin MapSource® MetroGuide® data stored on a removable memory cartridge. The standard accessory package gives you everything you need to plan your next odyssey.

The BMW RideFinder GPS was introduced at the company’s national dealer meeting and is expected to be available at authorized BMW dealerships in July 2001. The system has a suggested retail price of $1,495.

For more information about RideFinder GPS, please download our spec sheet.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices. The company’s full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and StreetPilot are registered trademarks and MetroGuide and MapSource are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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January 6, 2001

Garmin® Fishfinders Take on the Deep Blue Sea

Leading marine electronics manufacturer unveils impressive line of sounders for the saltwater market

OLATHE, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the innovative manufacturer of navigation, communication and fishing electronics, introduces the Fishfinder Blue Series - a complete line of sonar products designed with the saltwater fisherman in mind. With this series, Garmin has taken two of its popular freshwater sounders - the Fishfinder 100 and Fishfinder 160 - and adapted their features for offshore use.

The Fishfinder 100 Blue and the Fishfinder 160 Blue boast increased power and dual frequency of 50/200 kHz, which makes them ideal for the saltwater environment. Higher screen resolution and improved backlighting also set them apart from their freshwater counterparts.

"We’ve taken two products that have made a big splash in the freshwater market and have enhanced them so that they can now be enjoyed more fully by offshore anglers as well," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. The word is quickly spreading that Garmin, the company best known for GPS, is now also becoming the first name in quality fishfinders - regardless of whether your favorite fishing spot is the lake or the ocean."

From the outside, the Fishfinder Blue Series will resemble the freshwater versions, with the size of the waterproof case and the keypad configuration remaining the same. The real changes can be found on the inside with increased power and upgraded displays. The Fishfinder 100 Blue has 2400 watts power, peak-to-peak (300 RMS), 160 x 100 pixels and includes temperature. The Fishfinder 160 Blue brings 4000 watts power, peak-to-peak (500 RMS) and 160 x 160 pixels. The Fishfinder 160 Blue will also come standard with speed and temperature sensors.

The Fishfinder Blue Series features Garmin's exclusive See-Thru®‚ technology, a process that will detect both weak and strong signals at the same time, which allows anglers to see fish even when suspended inside structure and thermoclines. A graphic whiteline also included on the sounders provides a clear image of bottom hardness and structure.

Specific features of the Fishfinder Blue Series include:

  • Dual frequency; 50/200 kHz
  • Increased power; 2400 watts peak-to-peak (Fishfinder 100 Blue), 4000 watts peak-to-peak (Fishfinder 160 Blue)
  • High resolution displays; 160 x 100 pixels (Fishfinder 100 Blue) and 160 x 160 pixels (Fishfinder 160 Blue)
  • Backlit display and keypad for use in poor lighting conditions
  • See-Thru‚ technology separates fish returns from thermoclines and structure
  • Graphic whiteline provides clear image of bottom hardness and structure
  • Waterproof construction to meet IPX7 requirements; can withstand immersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes
  • Large display size; 3.3" h x 2" w (Fishfinder 100 Blue), 3.3" h x 3.3" w (Fishfinder 160 Blue)

The Fishfinder Blue Series products are expected to be available in February 2001 at the following suggested retail prices: Fishfinder 100 Blue - $169.99 and Fishfinder 160 Blue - $239. Both fishfinders will be available with or without a transducer. They come standard with a gimbal mount, power cable, owner’s manual and quick reference guide.

Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company's full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark and GPS 152 and MapSource® are trademarks of Garmin Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Registration Statement on Form S-1 dated December 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments

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February 2, 2002

Garmin's Sensor-Packed GPSMAP® 76S Is King of the Hill, City, Lake...

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today unveiled its latest portable consumer GPS-enabled device — the GPSMAP 76S — at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. Joining the GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76 line of products, the GPSMAP 76S boasts additional sensors and more internal memory to take adventurers as high or as far as they want to go.

The "S" is for Sensors, because the GPSMAP 76S incorporates a GPS receiver, barometric altimeter and an electronic compass that deliver advanced location, elevation and bearing information to the user. It contains 24 megabytes of internal memory for map storage from Garmin's exclusive line of MapSource® products. Like all new Garmin GPS devices, the GPSMAP 76S is also enabled to accept corrected GPS data from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), delivering pinpoint accuracy of 10 feet or less. And true to the company's form and function, the GPSMAP 76S is waterproof and floats in water — like other models in the product line.

"This unit is ideal for the active mariner or serious outdoor enthusiast," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "It is sure to become a standard traveling companion for anyone who wants all the standard features of our popular eTrex Vista® — lots of memory, WAAS accuracy, built-in altimeter and compass, lightweight waterproof design, one-hand operation — in larger form factor."

The GPSMAP 76S has a basemap of North and South America, including major highways, thoroughfares, rivers, lakes, and borders. But adventures are not limited to navigating the basemap. Because of its rich internal memory, the GPSMAP 76S can store map data from Garmin's exclusive line of MapSource CD-ROMs to take you deep in the city (MetroGuide®), offshore (BlueChart®), on the lake (Fishing Hot Spots®), offroad (U.S. Topo) or anywhere in between (Roads & Recreation).

The internal quad-helix antenna of the GPSMAP 76S provides highly sensitive signal reception, and users will appreciate the external antenna port for mounting purposes. Hikers and hunters will include it on their gear list because of its powerful capabilities and lightweight (7 oz.) design. The device runs on two AA batteries for 10 hours (typical use).

The GPSMAP 76S is expected to be available in April 2002 for a suggested retail price of $482.13. It will ship standard with a PC interface cable, lanyard, owner’s manual and quick-start guide.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is the leader in the general aviation and consumer 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 United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks, and eTrex Vista, MapSource and BlueChart are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting 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. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

 

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April 12, 2001

Garmin® Introduces its Own Line of Offshore Marine Mapping Data

Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, announces new mapping for its latest line of marine GPS products - introducing Garmin BlueChart® marine cartography.

This latest offering from Garmin will provide users with twice the coverage area for half the price. The detailed vector data will resemble paper NOAA charts and will be stored on pre-programmed micro data cartridges that can be inserted into the unit.

"Garmin BlueCharts are going to be important new tools for mariners," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "Each data card will contain detailed depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, port plans, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages and much more."

Garmin BlueCharts will be compatible with the following GPS/chartplotters: GPSMAP® 176, GPSMAP 182, GPSMAP 188 Sounder, GPSMAP 232, GPSMAP 238 Sounder, GPSMAP 2006 and GPSMAP 2010. The cartography is expected to be available in May at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $149 for a regular cartridge and $299 for a large cartridge. In June, Garmin will begin offering BlueChart cartography on a CD-ROM. The CD will be compatible with the GPSMAP 76, eTrex Legend™, eTrex Vista®, and other Garmin products.

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January 08, 2002

Garmin® Introduces High-Performance ‘Black Box’ Sonar

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today unveiled the GSD 20, a remote sonar device that will add depth-finding capabilities to the company’s new line of fixed-mount GPS/chartplotters.

"Bluewater mariners will enjoy the GSD 20’s high-speed sonar performance when linked up with our new big-screen chartplotters," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "We developed this product to give offshore boaters and anglers faster ping rates that deliver clearer pictures of detail below the boat on products like our WAAS-capable, sunlight-viewable color and monochrome chartplotters."

The GSD 20 is the first Garmin sonar product to offer increased transmission rates, painting a more defined picture of bottom structure and fish arches for mariners. It inherits the qualities of recently released Garmin sonars by providing offshore boaters with 4,000 watts of power peak to peak (500 watts RMS) and dual frequency (50/200 kHz) for shallow or deep-water performance.

At less than 7"x6"x2" (LxWxH) as a "black box" solution, the GSD 20 also has future networking possibilities as the integral sonar source for boats with two compatible Garmin chartplotters, including the GPSMAP® 182/182C, GPSMAP 232, GPSMAP 2006/2006C, and GPSMAP 2010/2010C.

The GSD 20 will ship standard with a 30-foot cable and mounting kit at a suggested retail price of $374.99 and will be compatible with a variety of optional Garmin transducers. The GSD 20 will be available for Garmin's GPSMAP 2010/2010C, GPSMAP 2006/2006C, GPSMAP 232 and GPSMAP 182/182C products in the third quarter of 2002.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's products serve the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the company’s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks and GSD is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting 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. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.

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January 6, 2001

Garmin® Debuts the eTrex Venture®, eTrex Legend™ and eTrex Vista®

Built-in basemaps, city databases and bold colors give these little navigators a whole new look both inside and out

Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, announces three new members of the extremely popular eTrex family of GPS products – introducing the eTrex Venture, eTrex Legend, and the eTrex Vista.

These units join the eTrex®‚ line of products, which includes the original eTrex and the eTrex Summit. Like their predecessors, the eTrex Venture, Legend and Vista are 12 parallel channel GPS receivers; packaged in waterproof cases, they weigh a mere 5.3 ounces and measure just four inches high. All three units have a new rocker switch on the front of the unit, which allows for quick and accurate panning, as well as selection and enter functions. The units also boast a higher resolution display with 160x288 pixels. Most of the other new features can be found on the inside of each unit.

"Garmin has been delighted with the positive response to both the eTrex and the eTrex Summit®," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "Now we've taken two great units and improved upon them by adding capabilities that will give our customers more choices and various price points. Whether you want a basemap, a compass, a barometric altimeter or just a basic GPS unit, you will find what you're looking for in the eTrex line."


The eTrex Venture offers a worldwide database of cities and increased internal memory. The memory capacity of one megabyte allows the eTrex Venture to accept downloaded information from Garmin's new MapSource®‰ Points of Interests CD-ROM. The CD enables users to download locations such as restaurants, hotels, shopping and entertainment. Once the information is loaded into the unit, you can make a selection and
telephone and address information for a particular point of interest will appear on the screen. The CD also includes marine data such as lights, buoys, wrecks and obstructions. The eTrex Venture comes housed in a stylish, translucent green case.

With the eTrex Legend, Garmin has loaded a full basemap of North and South America into one small unit. The basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. The eTrex Legend is also equipped with additional memory totaling eight megabytes. The added memory allows the eTrex Legend to accept downloaded map data from Garmin's entire line of MapSource CD-ROMs. The eTrex Legend comes in a brightly-colored translucent blue case that really makes the unit stand out.

The eTrex Vista combines a basemap of North and South America, with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass. The compass provides bearing information while you’re standing still and the altimeter determines your precise altitude. The eTrex Vista also boasts an internal memory capacity of eight megabytes, which allows it to accept downloaded mapping data from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs. A silver case gives this unit a high-tech look.

Specific features of the eTrex Venture, Legend and Vista include:

  • Built-in database of worldwide cities – eTrex Venture
  • Built-in basemap of North and South America – eTrex Legend
  • Electronic compass, barometric altimeter and built-in basemap – eTrex Vista
  • Increased internal memory on all three units
  • Ability to download additional information from MapSource line of CD-ROMs
  • Convenient rocker switch allows for quick panning, enter and selection functions
  • High resolution display with 160x288 pixels
  • Lightweight portable design; units weigh just 5.3 ounces and are four inches high
  • Waterproof construction, to IPX 7 immersion standards
  • Stores up to 500 waypoints

The eTrex Venture, Legend and Vista will be available in January 2001 at the following suggested retail prices: $194.27 (eTrex Venture), $267.84 (eTrex Legend), $374.99 (eTrex Vista).

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January 8, 2001

Garmin® Licenses Palm OS software for Location-Enabled Handhelds

OLATHE, Kan. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 6, 2001 — Garmin Corporation, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading provider of navigation, communication and information electronics, and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), a leading provider of handheld computers, have entered into a licensing agreement to incorporate Palm OS(R) software in a new line of handheld products with Garmin's GPS hardware and software. Under the terms of the agreement, Garmin Corporation will develop, manufacture and market location-enabled handhelds that will be able to run the thousands of applications available for the Palm OS platform, thus diversifying Palm Powered(TM) handheld offerings.

"We are pleased to be a licensee of the Palm OS and look forward to utilizing this technology in our location-enabled devices," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International Inc. "Location technology is becoming a key ingredient in mobile computing platforms. The convergence of location technologies with Personal Information Management (PIM) and communication functions will provide customers a higher level of convenience and confidence, particularly when traveling to unfamiliar destinations."

"Palm looks for market leaders to expand the Palm(™) Economy in new directions," said Alan Kessler, chief operating officer for Products and Platform at Palm, Inc. "Location-based services and wireless applications are key components in our efforts to expand the Palm Economy. Garmin's leadership and strength in GPS solutions will provide customers with handhelds that are well-equipped to provide information about where they are, wherever they are."

Palm Powered products will complement Garmin's already broad line of GPS-enabled products. In 1999, Garmin introduced the eMap®, a handheld electronic map/GPS with the ability to locate addresses and points of interest, such as hotels and restaurants. The eMap joined the family of more than 50 models of GPS devices designed and manufactured by Garmin.

About Garmin
Garmin Corporation and Garmin International Inc. are members of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company’s full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200.

About Palm, Inc.
Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers (source: IDC, December 1999). Based on the Palm OS(R) platform, Palm's handheld solutions allow people to carry and access their most critical information with them wherever they go. Palm handhelds address the needs of individuals, enterprises and educational institutions through thousands of application solutions. The Palm OS platform is also the foundation for products from Palm's licensees and strategic partners, such as Cresenda Wireless; ePocrates, Inc.; Franklin Covey; Handspring; IBM; Sony; Symbol Technologies; and TRG. Platform licensees also include Kyocera, Samsung, and Nokia. The Palm Economy is a growing global community of industry-leading licensees, world-class OEM customers, and more than 130,000 innovative developers and solution providers that have registered to support the Palm operating system and platform. Palm went public on March 2, 2000. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol PALM. More information is available at http://www.palm.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Registration Statement on Form S-1 dated Dec. 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.
Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Garmin is a registered trademark and eMap is a trademark of Garmin Corporation.

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July 31, 2002

Garmin® Introduces High-Performance GPS Modules at Low-End Prices

OLATHE, Kan. / July 29, 2002 / PRNewswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that the company has introduced the GPS 15™ — a family of high-performance sensor boards that provide GPS position, velocity and time information for various original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications, such as vehicle tracking.

Available in three models, the GPS 15 line will compliment the GPS 25 in Garmin's OEM sensor board lineup. The GPS 15 family is smaller, lighter, less expensive, and consumes less power, but offer the same quality GPS performance that has defined Garmin as an industry leader.

"We are offering our OEM customers premium performance, quality and capabilities in a GPS module at very competitive prices," said Gary Kelley, Director of Marketing of Garmin International Inc. "This is a significant milestone for our company and we’re delighted to provide a line of small, reliable sensors with the versatility to satisfy most any GPS requirement of most any OEM application. We started delivering the GPS 15 in volume earlier this month and are very pleased with the performance and market acceptance."

Roughly the size of a commemorative stamp, the GPS 15 weighs only 10 grams and offers CMOS interface. The GPS 15L and GPS 15H, weigh approximately 15 grams, measure about the size of a matchbook, and are 3.3-5V and 8-40V modules, respectively. Both offer one pulse per second timing, an RS-232 interface and WAAS capability.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices -- most of which are enabled by 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 Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and GPS 15 and GPS 25 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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