March 13, 2001
Garmin® Launches the Latest in Marine Handheld
GPS 76 and GPSMAP® 76 give mariners two great navigation options
with WAAS capabilities
Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd.
(Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication
and information electronics, announces two products that will
give mariners everything theyre looking for in a handheld
GPS introducing the GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76.
Designed with the mariner in mind, the GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76 build
upon Garmin's current line of handheld GPS products, by offering
enhanced features like high-resolution displays and increased
internal memory. Both units feature a built-in quad helix antenna,
for superior reception. The GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76 are also compatible
with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), a technology designed
to improve the accuracy of GPS positioning.
"We are thrilled to offer WAAS capability in a handheld
GPS receiver," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin
International. "With the addition of WAAS in these two products,
customers will see GPS accuracy improved to about three meters.
For mariners who may encounter heavy fog during a trip, this type
of accuracy would be extremely useful in helping them navigate
their way home."
The GPS 76 comes equipped with an internal memory storage capacity
of one megabyte, perfect for downloading points of interest detail
from Garmin's line of MapSource® CD-ROMs. The unit is also pre-loaded
with a built-in database of major cities and nautical navaids
such as lights, buoys, sound signals and day beacons. The GPSMAP
76 has an internal memory capacity of eight megabytes. In addition,
it comes with a built-in basemap of cities, coastlines, lakes,
rivers, interstates and interstate exit information and a database
of nautical navaids.
While the internal features of the GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76 are impressive,
it's the outside of these two products that will really have mariners
taking notice. An extra-large display measuring 1.6"W x 2.2"H
gives users a clear view of information, while a waterproof case
means these units will keep working well even amid a constant
saltwater spray. Even more amazing, both units will actually float
if accidentally dropped in the water.
Specific features of the GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76 include:
The GPS 76 will carry a suggested retail price of $250.00, while
the GPSMAP 76 will have a suggested retail price of $399. Both units
are expected to be available in April 2001 and will ship standard
with a PC interface cable, wrist strap, users manual, and
quick reference guide.
- One megabyte of internal memory capacity and a built-in database
of nautical navaids, tide data and major cities GPS 76
- Eight megabytes of internal memory capacity and a built-in
basemap of major cities, coastlines, nautical navaids, lakes,
rivers, interstates and tide data GPSMAP 76
- WAAS capable for greater GPS accuracy
- Compatible with MapSource line of CD-ROMs
- Waterproof case that meets IPX7 standards and floats when
in the water
- Large, high-resolution display with 180x240 pixels
- Built-in celestial tables with best times to fish and hunt
- Dedicated man overboard function
- Stores 500 waypoints
- Operates for 16 hours on two AA batteries
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