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May 10, 2001

Garmin® Introduces WAAS-enabled GPS Sensor and Antenna Unit
New GPS 17N provides mariners with exceptional accuracy and flexibility

Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, introduces the GPS 17N – a WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver and antenna designed for the marine market.

This combination GPS sensor and integrated antenna are housed in a rugged, waterproof design. The GPS 17N is packaged standard with two of Garmin's recently announced large-display chartplotters – the GPSMAP® 2006 and the GPSMAP 2010. The GPS 17N will interface with electronics from other manufacturers, using the NMEA 0183 serial protocol. With the GPS 17N, mariners will also have the flexibility to use the product with Garmin's MapSource® CD-ROMs and a variety of third-party PC mapping software applications.

The GPS 17N is compatible with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), a technology designed to improve the accuracy of GPS positioning to about three meters in the United States and portions of Canada and Mexico.

The GPS 17N is expected to be available in June at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $221.43.

Garmin International, Inc. is a member 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, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks, and MapSource and GPS 17N are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.