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January 6, 2001

Garmin® Fishfinders Take on the Deep Blue Sea

Leading marine electronics manufacturer unveils impressive line of sounders for the saltwater market

OLATHE, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the innovative manufacturer of navigation, communication and fishing electronics, introduces the Fishfinder Blue Series - a complete line of sonar products designed with the saltwater fisherman in mind. With this series, Garmin has taken two of its popular freshwater sounders - the Fishfinder 100 and Fishfinder 160 - and adapted their features for offshore use.

The Fishfinder 100 Blue and the Fishfinder 160 Blue boast increased power and dual frequency of 50/200 kHz, which makes them ideal for the saltwater environment. Higher screen resolution and improved backlighting also set them apart from their freshwater counterparts.

"We’ve taken two products that have made a big splash in the freshwater market and have enhanced them so that they can now be enjoyed more fully by offshore anglers as well," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. The word is quickly spreading that Garmin, the company best known for GPS, is now also becoming the first name in quality fishfinders - regardless of whether your favorite fishing spot is the lake or the ocean."

From the outside, the Fishfinder Blue Series will resemble the freshwater versions, with the size of the waterproof case and the keypad configuration remaining the same. The real changes can be found on the inside with increased power and upgraded displays. The Fishfinder 100 Blue has 2400 watts power, peak-to-peak (300 RMS), 160 x 100 pixels and includes temperature. The Fishfinder 160 Blue brings 4000 watts power, peak-to-peak (500 RMS) and 160 x 160 pixels. The Fishfinder 160 Blue will also come standard with speed and temperature sensors.

The Fishfinder Blue Series features Garmin's exclusive See-Thru®‚ technology, a process that will detect both weak and strong signals at the same time, which allows anglers to see fish even when suspended inside structure and thermoclines. A graphic whiteline also included on the sounders provides a clear image of bottom hardness and structure.

Specific features of the Fishfinder Blue Series include:

  • Dual frequency; 50/200 kHz
  • Increased power; 2400 watts peak-to-peak (Fishfinder 100 Blue), 4000 watts peak-to-peak (Fishfinder 160 Blue)
  • High resolution displays; 160 x 100 pixels (Fishfinder 100 Blue) and 160 x 160 pixels (Fishfinder 160 Blue)
  • Backlit display and keypad for use in poor lighting conditions
  • See-Thru‚ technology separates fish returns from thermoclines and structure
  • Graphic whiteline provides clear image of bottom hardness and structure
  • Waterproof construction to meet IPX7 requirements; can withstand immersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes
  • Large display size; 3.3" h x 2" w (Fishfinder 100 Blue), 3.3" h x 3.3" w (Fishfinder 160 Blue)

The Fishfinder Blue Series products are expected to be available in February 2001 at the following suggested retail prices: Fishfinder 100 Blue - $169.99 and Fishfinder 160 Blue - $239. Both fishfinders will be available with or without a transducer. They come standard with a gimbal mount, power cable, owner’s manual and quick reference guide.

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