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Garmin® Targets Sport Fishermen with New Black-Box Solutions and Spread Spectrum Technology

15 February 2011 @ 6:00 AM  / Marine /


Screen page OLATHE, Kan./February 15, 2011/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced two new black-box digital sonar solutions – the GSD™ 24 and GSD 26.  Combining great value with enhanced performance, the GSD 24 has been redesigned from the ground up to provide dramatically improved target separation and bottom tracking for the recreational fisherman.  The GSD 26 takes Garmin’s digital sonar offerings even further by adding Spread Spectrum technology and the ability to manually adjust transmission frequencies, making it ideal for serious deep-water sport fishing. Garmin’s new GSD 24 and GSD 26 black-box sounders are being announced in conjunction with the Miami International Boat Show, February 17-21, 2011, and will be showcased in the Garmin booths (#1689 and 1692) at this year’s show.

“We’ve listened carefully to the demanding needs of our sport fishing customers, and we’re confident that the new GSD 24 and 26 will meet and exceed their expectations,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.  “The redesign of our traditional sonar and new Spread Spectrum technology answers the growing needs of the sport fishing market.”

The GSD 26 remote sounder was designed for the serious sport fisherman and takes high-definition game-fish targeting to a new level using the latest in digital Spread Spectrum technology.  With Garmin’s Spread Spectrum technology, the GSD 26 is able to offer the sport fisher the best of both worlds, by not only giving you better target separation and resolution at extraordinary depths, but also allowing the fisherman to dial into specific frequencies to target certain species of sport fish.   It offers significantly better target definition, bottom contours and signal noise suppression at greater depths than traditional models, and gives the user faster screen updates and a more timely interpretation of what’s below for safer navigation and better fishing.

Instead of using a single frequency like traditional sonar, the GSD 26 uses Spread Spectrum technology to sweep each pulse through a range of frequencies to deliver shallow-water-like target separation at extremely deep depths.  The GSD 26 is also capable of the most popular discreet pulsed frequencies, and fishermen can manually adjust frequencies on the GSD 26 – from a very low 25 kHz to a high of 210 kHz – making it easy to fine-tune the targeting of trophy-sized fish.  Compatible with Airmar’s newest line of broadband transducers, the GSD 26 offers selectable transmit power from 300 to 3,000 watts and can scan as deep as 10,000 feet.  In addition, the GSD 26’s dual-transceivers allow for simultaneous and independent dual transducer operation, which allows complete customization for the serious sport fisherman.

For the recreational fisherman, the entire sonar architecture of the GSD 24 has been redesigned to offer dramatically improved target separation and bottom tracking.  A dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) system, the GSD 24’s transmit power is selectable – from 600W, 1kW, 2kW – with a wide choice of compatible 8-pin transducers.  The powerful GSD 24 can scan as deep as 5,000 feet, so whether it’s the big catch or potentially hazardous terrain or reef structures beneath your boat, you’ll see the imagery with exceptional clarity.  The GSD 24 also includes a field-installable connector kit so that existing Garmin GSD 22 customers who want to upgrade to the GSD 24 can do so using existing 6-pin transducer installations. 

Each new Garmin sounder is compatible with the Garmin Marine Network for display on the latest Garmin GPSMAP® 4000/5000 and 6000/7000 series chartplotters.  Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the GSD 24 is $699.99, and the MSRP for the GSD 26 is $1999.99.  Both models are expected to be available in August 2011.

Since its inception in 1989, Garmin has delivered 75 million GPS enabled devices – far more than any other navigation provider.  Garmin’s market breadth in the GPS industry is second to none, having developed innovative products and established a leadership position in each of the markets it serves, including automotive, aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, tracking, and wireless applications. 

About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, 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 and GPSMAP are registered trademarks and GSD is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 26, 2010, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-Q is available at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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