December 26, 2003
GarminŽ Extends GPS/Radio Family with Introduction of RinoŽ 130
OLATHE, Kan./December 26, 2003/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today introduced the Rino 130, the latest addition to Garmin’s line of two-way radios integrated with Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities. The Rino 130 offers all of the popular features of the Rino 120, but boasts additional internal memory, built-in sensors and dedicated NOAA weather channels.
"The Rino 130 is a premium two-way radio," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "This rugged, waterproof unit has all the features of a high-end FRS/GMRS radio, plus the added benefit of GPS mapping capabilities, barometric altimeter and electronic compass sensors, and Garmin’s patented location-reporting feature — to keep our users connected, aware and secure."
The location-reporting feature combines the unique integration of navigation and communication technologies in the Rino series, enabling users to "beam" their location to other Rino users over the Family Radio Service (FRS) radio spectrum. Other users can then see the location of the sender on their map display, which shows the distance and direction between the sender and those receiving the broadcast location. A recent FCC rule also allows users to interrogate other Rino units using the location-polling feature. Utilizing this feature, a user can send out a polling request to a specific Rino radio within range, and the unit will automatically transmit back its location. These features have been lauded for their life-saving potential in search-and-rescue operations and other outdoor emergencies.
As a GPS navigator, the Rino 130 is similar to Garmin’s popular eTrex® Vista. The Rino 130 offers a detailed basemap of North and South America, displaying cities, highways, railways, rivers, lakes and borders. And because the Rino 130 boasts 24 megabytes of internal memory, it can store map data from a variety of Garmin MapSource® CD products, including U.S. Topo 24K™, U.S. Topo™, Recreational Lakes™, BlueChart® and MetroGuide®.
The Rino 130 also features two integrated sensors — an electronic compass and barometric altimeter. These sensors, when combined with GPS technology, provide enhanced bearing and elevation readings.
As a communication device, the Rino 130 operates on the two-mile FRS and five-mile General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) bands. The Rino 130 features 22 channels (14 that support FRS and eight that support both GMRS and GMRS repeater operation) and 38 squelch codes. Like the
Rino 120, it offers external voice activation (VOX), a vibration mode for silent-call alerts and a voice scrambler for secure communications.
The Rino 130 also has seven dedicated weather channels to receive broadcasts by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The unit can also interrupt normal voice communications, alerting users to emergency weather broadcasts.
Other specific features of the Rino 130:
- GPS accuracy: < 15 meters, 95% typical in normal mode, 10 feet or less when WAAS-enabled
- Calendar: Shows best hunting and fishing times, plus clock, stopwatch and alarm functions
- Trip computer with speed tracking, sunrise/sunset read out, trip timer and trip distance
- Waterproof: IPX-7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins.)
- Storage of up to 500 waypoints, with graphic identification, and 20 reversible routes
- Robust track log: 10,000 trackpoints and up to 20 saved tracks to retrace user’s path or companion’s path via location-reporting feature
- High-resolution, 160x160-pixel monochrome display with backlighting (display size: 1.4"x1.4")
- Battery life: 14 hours (typical use) on three AA batteries
- Lightweight design: 8 oz (with batteries).
The Rino 130 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2004 at a suggested retail price of $374.99. The unit ships standard with a belt clip, PC interface cable, 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 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, Rino, eTrex, MapSource, BlueChart and MetroGuide are registered trademarks, and U.S. Topo 24K, U.S. Topo and Recreational Lakes are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s product introductions 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 28, 2002 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 www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.