Garmin Covers the Waterfront with New Chartplotter Lineup Featuring Pre-Loaded Cartography

OLATHE, Kan., Nov. 14 /-- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced a new line of chartplotter and chartplotter/sonar combination units that feature new, highly-detailed pre-loaded cartography.

"Garmin's new line of chartplotters literally puts the world at boaters' fingertips," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "With Garmin's newly-enhanced marine cartography, mariners can spend less time deciphering charts and more time enjoying their time on the water. These new units offer a wide variety of display sizes and networking options that will attract everyone from the weekend angler to the dedicated offshore mariner."

The GPSMAP® 492 features built-in Marine Detail Charts of the United States coastline, including Alaska and Hawaii -- utilizing elements of Garmin's new BlueChart® g2(TM) technology. These charts provide integrated maps for a much smoother presentation. BlueChart g2 has all the detail of traditional BlueChart, but with 3D perspective, and richer detail and content -- data like tides and currents overlaid on the chart. Other chart features include shaded depth contours, port plans, wrecks, restricted areas, and more.

For boaters who spend their time on inland lakes, the GPSMAP 392 boasts 50-meter shoreline resolution for lakes across the entire continental United States. In addition, highly-detailed 10-meter resolution is furnished for more than 2000 of these lakes. The vast majority of these high resolution lakes include depth soundings. In addition, the maps depict USCG lights; a wrecks and obstructions database; tides and currents overlaid on the map; interstates, state highways, and rural roads; and a unique selectable three- dimensional display. Inland lake maps are also provided via regional data cards, so boaters have the option of loading Garmin's other new chartplotters with these maps.

The GPSMAP 292 features an enhanced World Wide Basemap with a 300-meter shoreline resolution, and features major interstates and highways, and real- time information on tides and currents for the United States.

All units can be supplemented with BlueChart g2 data cards as well, which offer the same features as pre-loaded charts -- plus highly-detailed coastal roads and points of interest such as restaurants, lodging, local attractions, and more. Full-color aerial photos of ports, marinas, bridges, and navigational landmarks are also initially available for the east coast of the United States from Georgia through Maine, selected lakes in the Great Lakes region, and partial coverage of the west coast. The estimated retail price for U.S. data cards starts at $199 -- far less than competitors' data cards.

The GPSMAP 492, 392, and 292 are all loaded with Garmin's new CANet -- a Controller Area Network that allows users to connect two chartplotters and a GSD-21 or GSD-22, Garmin's new black-box sonar devices over a 1-megabit network. The GPSMAP 292, 392, and 492 are pre-programmed for use with Garmin's new black-box sonar units, and the system can be easily installed by boat owners. Boaters can also connect the new Fishfinder 340 to the CANet to display sonar information on its new line of chartplotters.

For those who want a space-saving chartplotter and sonar combination unit, Garmin also offers the GPSMAP 298, GPSMAP 398, and GPSMAP 498. These units include either dual frequency or dual beam sonar capability, in addition to the chartplotting abilities of the GPSMAP 292, 392, and 492.

Additional features of the new GPSMAP 200, 300, and 400 series units include:

o High-color TFT QVGA sunlight-readable five-inch diagonal display (320 x 240 pixels) with CCFL backlight
o Unit dimensions: 6.2"h x 6.3"w x 2.6"d
o Available with either internal or external quad-helix GPS antenna
o Displays positioning data with DSC-equipped VHF radios
o Meets rigid IEC 60529 IPX7 submersible standard
o One knob tilt/swivel bracket or flush mount

For the GPSMAP 298, 398 and 498 only, the option of:
o Dual Beam 80kHz (45 deg), 200kHz (14 deg)
o Dual Frequency 50kHz (45 deg), 200kHz (10 deg)

In addition, Garmin has added pre-loaded charts to its family of larger- display chartplotters. The new GPSMAP 3205, GPSMAP 3206, and GPSMAP 3210 all feature pre-loaded Marine Detail Charts of the United States coastline, including Alaska and Hawaii. Like Garmin's other new chartplotters, this cartography features a new 3D perspective and data like tides and currents. These models have all of the same networking capabilities of other multifunction displays within the Garmin Marine Network(TM), a system that combines GPS, radar, XM WX Satellite Weather, sonar, and other data for unparalleled situational awareness.

For boaters who want value-priced, large-display color chartplotters with limited networking capability, Garmin is offering the GPSMAP 2206 and GPSMAP 2210. Like the other new chartplotters, these units offer pre-loaded charts that utilize elements of Garmin's new BlueChart® g2(TM) technology. For boaters wanting the capacity to load g2 technology onto their units via data card, Garmin will also offer the GPSMAP 2106 and GPSMAP 2110.

Garmin's entire new line of chartplotters, sonar, and peripheral devices is expected to be available in stores on March 25, 2006. For more information, go to

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, GPSMAP, and BlueChart are registered trademarks, and g2, GSD, and Garmin Marine Network are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.

Source: Garmin International Inc.

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