March 24, 2004
Garmin® Brings Terrain Awareness to the Colorful GPSMAP® 296
OLATHE, Kan./March 24, 2004/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today introduced the GPSMAP 296, a portable aviation device that delivers topographic mapping and terrain advisory alerting in brilliant color. Thanks to its 256-color, high-resolution (480x320-pixels) TFT transflective display, the GPSMAP 296 makes it easy for pilots to view and interpret navigation data in most lighting conditions.
Fans of Garmin’s pilot-friendly monochromatic GPSMAP 196 and colorful GPSMAP 295 will notice that the GPSMAP 296 takes legacy innovations from these products and adds several significant features. For instance, the GPSMAP 296 offers terrain cautions and alerts, Sectional chart-like topographic data, a built-in obstacle database of the U.S., and a transparent navigation arc view for course, speed and distance information. The unit also features USB data transfer, faster processing speed, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.
"Terrain awareness really sets the GPSMAP 296 apart from other aviation handheld devices," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "The GPSMAP 296 allows pilots to see in vivid color not only where they’re going, but also where potential obstacles lie along the flight path — providing useful information that can help them avoid controlled-flight-into-terrain (CFIT) accidents."
In Terrain mode, the GPSMAP 296 combines inputs from built-in terrain, obstacle and electronic flight databases to give pilots a vivid depiction of proximity hazards that require their attention. Pilots benefit from this technology in a number of ways:
- Terrain/obstacle alerting. The unit offers a configurable look-ahead warning function that provides the pilot with additional time to make critical decisions regarding the flight path.
- Configurable buffer zones. The pilot can set the minimum limits to receive terrain cautions. The unit then presents potential hazards in yellow (to indicate ground proximity of 500-1,000 feet) and red (to indicate ground proximity of 100 feet or less).
- Obstacles database. Users can view the elevation or relative altitude of any obstacle (towers, buildings, etc.) within the unit’s built-in database.
- Pop-up alerts. Terrain proximity cautions and alerts pop up as digital thumbnail images in the lower left-hand corner of any page whenever a potential hazard conflict looms ahead.
Topographic data is depicted as shaded contours in Sectional chart-like detail. An extensive Jeppesen® database is overlaid on the topographic mapping to help the pilot see their flight path in relation to nearby navigation aids, special-use airspace and obstructions.
Garmin’s innovative GPS Panel Page migrates to the GPSMAP 296 from its predecessor, the GPSMAP 196. The Panel Page depicts GPS-derived groundspeed, altitude, turn rate, course, heading, and vertical speed in a presentation similar to an Electronic Flight Information System.
Garmin realizes that pilots are also motorists and many are active mariners, so the GPSMAP 296 is designed to move seamlessly between an aircraft, vehicle or boat. At the press of a button, pilots have access to the unit’s Automotive and Marine modes.
On land, the GPSMAP 296 has built-in automotive capabilities including automatic route generation, turn-by-turn guidance, and voice prompts that simplify navigation in unfamiliar settings. A built-in basemap provides the user with a worldwide database of major cities and national borders, as well as highways, thoroughfares, rivers and lakes for the Americas, Europe or the Pacific Rim. The optional Auto Kit includes two mounts, a cigarette-lighter adapter with speaker output, a 128-MB data card and a MapSource® City Select® CD-ROM for detailed mapping and address lookup capabilities for cities in either North America or Europe.
On the water, the GPSMAP 296 offers a worldwide marine database and U.S. tide data. When coupled with the optional Marine Kit (64-MB data card and MapSource BlueChart® CD), the unit displays such information as depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, port plans, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages and much more.
Other specifications of the GPSMAP 296:
- Detailed basemap: General map data including highways, major roads, river, lakes and borders
- WAAS accuracy: WAAS-capable GPS receiver for enhanced lateral/vertical guidance
- Crisp display: High-resolution (480x320 pixel count), 256-color TFT display (3.8 inches diagonally)
- Powerful processor: Operates at 200 MHz for fast map drawing, turn-by-turn route calculation and guidance
- Long battery life: 5-15 hours, depending on backlight setting
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
- Multi-platform navigation: Automotive and Marine modes for easy navigation in a vehicle or boat; accepts data from Garmin’s MapSource CD-ROM products (City Select for driving, BlueChart for saltwater and Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots® for freshwater applications)
- Languages (text/voice): 15/11
- Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX-7 standards (submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
- Lightweight: 12 ounces
- Routes, Tracks, Waypoints: 50 reversible routes (300 waypoints each), 15 saved tracks (700 trackpoints each), TracBack® technology, 3,000 waypoints with graphical icon identification
The GPSMAP 296 is expected to be available in April 2004 and will be sold first at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Sun ‘N Fun Fly-In at the Lakeland, Fla., Linder Regional Airport. The suggested retail price of the GPSMAP 296 is $1,795 and the unit ships standard with a yoke mount, automotive mount, cigarette-lighter adapter, AC adapter cable, USB-to-PC interface cable, low-profile remote GPS antenna, carrying case, free Jeppesen update certificate, Trip & Waypoint Manager software, owner’s manual and quick-reference 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 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, MapSource, City Select, BlueChart, and TracBack are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Fishing Hot Spots is a registered trademark of Fishing Hot Spots Inc. All other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
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