November 21, 2002
Garmin Makes Primary GPS Navigation Affordable
with FDE Software
OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the availability of Fault
Detection and Exclusion (FDE) software for its popular 400/500
series of avionics.
FDE is an algorithm that monitors the accuracy and reliability
of GPS signals, detects erroneous GPS data, and excludes that
data from the active navigation solution. Unlike Receiver Autonomous
Integrity Monitoring (RAIM), which will terminate GPS navigation
if signal integrity is compromised, FDE actively enables the pilot
to continue navigating with GPS technology.
"FDE offers an increased level of safety to pilots flying
over the Atlantic or Pacific or in remote areas where navigation
aids are scarce," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director
of marketing. "When incorporated in our proven line of panel-mount
avionics with color mapping, FDE becomes an invaluable tool for
navigating safely to one’s desired destination."
Garmin’s FDE software also provides a basis for equipment
approval to use GPS as the primary means of navigation on remote
and oceanic flights.
Aviators can utilize FDE on Garmin’s GNS
430 and 530 —
Garmin’s revolutionary integrated IFR GPS/NAV/COM radios
with four- and five-inch (respectively) color, moving-map displays.
But FDE will also be available on the Garmin GPS 400, GNC 420
and GPS 500.
Unlike other FDE-enabled systems on the market that typically
range in price from $50,000 to more than $250,000, Garmin now
delivers FDE standard in its 400/500 series of avionics. Garmin
will also offer FDE as a software upgrade to current 400/500 series
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 GNS 530, GNS 430, GPS 400, GNC
420 and GPS 500 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.