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Garmin® Debuts GDL™ 40 Cellular Marine Weather Receiver

17 May 2011 @ 6:00 AM  / Marine /


An On-Demand Weather Solution for U.S., Canadian and European Boaters

OLATHE, Kan./May 17, 2011/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GDL 40 – an affordable marine weather solution that brings on-demand graphical weather and radar data directly to a compatible NMEA 2000 Garmin chartplotter. The GDL 40 is the first and only cellular marine weather receiver on the market today.

“For the first time, using the GDL 40, mariners will be able to purchase vital weather data on-demand when they need it most,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.  “Whether you’re avoiding approaching weather or checking the wind direction, having a pay-as-you-go solution like the GDL 40 provides added flexibility, convenience and confidence on the water.”

The GDL 40 communicates with nearby cellular network signals to receive weather data from Digital CycloneSM, a leading weather provider and subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., and provides coverage for the U.S., Canada or Europe on a day-to-day basis, as needed. Once activated, users can purchase day passes from the device to begin receiving 24 hours of continuous weather data.  Simply select the “Buy Weather” option on the chartplotter to begin downloading available weather data, including weather radar, wind speeds and direction, sea surface temperatures, wave heights, local forecasts, country/marine warnings, lightning and more. The GDL 40 is compatible with the GPSMAP 6000/7000 series, GPSMAP 4000/5000 series, GPSMAP 700 series and the GPSMAP 4X1/5X1/5X6 series (NMEA 2000 versions).

The waterproof, low-profile antenna design allows easy installation with pole-, flush- or under-deck mounting options. And for improved reception, the GDL 40 can also be connected to an after-market GSM antenna.

Annual and day-pass fees apply and vary by country. In the U.S., the first-year activation fee is included with the purchase of a GDL 40, and after that, a nominal $9.99 annual fee keeps your weather account active. Once the GDL 40 is activated, customers can purchase day passes from the device for $4.99. The GDL 40 is $299.99 and is expected to be available in June 2011.

Since its inception in 1989, Garmin has delivered 85 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, GDL is a trademark and Digital Cyclone is a service mark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2010, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K 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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