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January 08, 2002

Garmin Introduces High-Performance ‘Black Box’ Sonar

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today unveiled the GSD 20, a remote sonar device that will add depth-finding capabilities to the company’s new line of fixed-mount GPS/chartplotters.

"Bluewater mariners will enjoy the GSD 20’s high-speed sonar performance when linked up with our new big-screen chartplotters," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "We developed this product to give offshore boaters and anglers faster ping rates that deliver clearer pictures of detail below the boat on products like our WAAS-capable, sunlight-viewable color and monochrome chartplotters."

The GSD 20 is the first GARMIN sonar product to offer increased transmission rates, painting a more defined picture of bottom structure and fish arches for mariners. It inherits the qualities of recently released GARMIN sonars by providing offshore boaters with 4,000 watts of power peak to peak (500 watts RMS) and dual frequency (50/200 kHz) for shallow or deep-water performance.

At less than 7"x6"x2" (LxWxH) as a "black box" solution, the GSD 20 also has future networking possibilities as the integral sonar source for boats with two compatible GARMIN chartplotters, including the GPSMAP 182/182C, GPSMAP 232, GPSMAP 2006/2006C, and GPSMAP 2010/2010C.

The GSD 20 will ship standard with a 30-foot cable and mounting kit at a suggested retail price of $374.99 and will be compatible with a variety of optional GARMIN transducers. The GSD 20 will be available for GARMIN’s GPSMAP 2010/2010C, GPSMAP 2006/2006C, GPSMAP 232 and GPSMAP 182/182C products in the third quarter of 2002.

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’s products serve the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the company’s virtual pressroom at, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. GARMIN and GPSMAP are registered trademarks and GSD is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting 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. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.