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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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