Data Cards Get Smarter, Faster, Better
Garmin International, a leading manufacturer of navigation
and communication electronics, introduces two new value-added
accessories for its eMap®, GPSMAP® 295, and StreetPilot®(R)
series of GPS devices.
new line of higher
capacity data cards
and its new
USB Data Card Programmer,
consumers can now store significantly more map data and download
mapsets faster from Garmin's exclusive line of MapSource® CD-ROMs.
adding a 32-megabyte data card to its stable of removable memory
cards for its popular line of mobile electronics. Currently, Garmin
offers data cards with 8MB or 16MB capacity, which allow users
to store high-density mapsets from Garmin's cartography CDs. The
32MB data card will be available in August with a suggested retail
price of $225.
2000, Garmin will offer even higher capacity data cards - 64MB
and 128MB memory cards with MSRPs of $349.99 and $549.99, respectively.
of these new removable memory cards, Garmin is also introducing
its USB Data Card Programmer for the fastest possible transfer
of map data. Since the baud transfer rate is 10 times faster with
this new device, downloading the street map for New York City
from the MetroGuide® U.S.A. CD or a cross-country route from
the Roads & Recreation CD will only take a matter of seconds.
And because it connects directly to your USB port (rather than
the serial port connected to your GPS device), it will save the
GPS unit's battery life for travel time.
the USB Data Card Programmer, you will need a PC with a Pentium
processor, a recent version of Windows(R) operating software,
and the purchase of a Garmin MapSource CD-ROM. The USB Data Card
Programmer will be available in August with a list price of $79.99.