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November 21, 2002

Garmin Makes Primary GPS Navigation Affordable with FDE Software

GNS 530

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the availability of Fault Detection and Exclusion (FDE) software for its popular 400/500 series of avionics.

FDE is an algorithm that monitors the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals, detects erroneous GPS data, and excludes that data from the active navigation solution. Unlike Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM), which will terminate GPS navigation if signal integrity is compromised, FDE actively enables the pilot to continue navigating with GPS technology.

"FDE offers an increased level of safety to pilots flying over the Atlantic or Pacific or in remote areas where navigation aids are scarce," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "When incorporated in our proven line of panel-mount avionics with color mapping, FDE becomes an invaluable tool for navigating safely to one’s desired destination."

Garmin’s FDE software also provides a basis for equipment approval to use GPS as the primary means of navigation on remote and oceanic flights.

Aviators can utilize FDE on Garmin’s GNS 430 and 530 — Garmin’s revolutionary integrated IFR GPS/NAV/COM radios with four- and five-inch (respectively) color, moving-map displays. But FDE will also be available on the Garmin GPS 400, GNC 420 and GPS 500.

Unlike other FDE-enabled systems on the market that typically range in price from $50,000 to more than $250,000, Garmin now delivers FDE standard in its 400/500 series of avionics. Garmin will also offer FDE as a software upgrade to current 400/500 series owners.


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 or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. GARMIN is a registered trademark, and GNS 530, GNS 430, GPS 400, GNC 420 and GPS 500 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding 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. 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 29, 2001 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