Olathe, Kan./November 16, 2009/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced its next generation in large-format multi-function displays – the GPSMAP® 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 series with Garmin G Motion technology that represents a graphic breakthrough in speed, smoothness and clarity, delivering ultra-smooth map panning and zooming with virtually seamless graphical updating in all dimensions. These new chartplotters also feature an unmatched low-level backlight display that dims to 0.5 nits, and a backlit keypad for use in low-light conditions without compromising vision.
“The evolution of marine navigation continues with these new top-of-the-line network chartplotters that feature the smoothest, most detail-rich displays in Garmin’s chartplotter lineup,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Utilizing Garmin’s G Motion technology, we’re setting the new standard in speed in a self-contained unit – it’s some of the most stunning marine cartographic technology you’ve ever seen in this class of equipment.”
The GPSMAP 7x15 series offers a huge 15-inch diagonal XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) sunlight readable touchscreen display, and is offered in two models – the GPSMAP 7015 with an enhanced worldwide satellite imagery basemap; and the GPSMAP 7215, which comes pre-loaded with highly detailed U.S. coastal charts and Explorer Charts for the Bahamas. Both models have a PC monitor input, so you can use it for display of digital presentations, internet browsers, or other computer applications. In addition, these units also offer four composite video inputs for multimedia use. Mariners can also opt for the same XGA resolution in a 12-inch diagonal screen configuration with the GPSMAP 7012 and GPSMAP 7212 with a worldwide basemap and coastal charts respectively. All models are compatible with an optional wireless remote and a wireless mouse for additional flexibility.
The GPSMAP 6x12 series features a traditional soft-key interface with an alphanumeric keypad and a 12-inch diagonal XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) sunlight readable display. Within this family, Garmin offers the GPSMAP 6012 with an enhanced worldwide satellite imagery basemap; and the GPSMAP 6212 with highly detailed U.S. coastal charts and Explorer Charts for the Bahamas preloaded. Then, the GPSMAP 6x08 series offers an 8-inch VGA (640 x 480) sunlight readable display with a soft-key interface and includes the GPSMAP 6008, with an enhanced worldwide satellite imagery basemap to enhance the standard vector chart format; and the GPSMAP 6208, which comes preloaded with U.S. coastal charts and Explorer charts for the Bahamas. The models in the GPSMAP 6000 series are all compatible with an optional wireless remote.
The MFDs in the GPSMAP 6000 and 7000 series also offer expanded “plug-and-play” access to onboard sensors, with NMEA 2000 and Garmin Marine Network connectivity that make it easy to access and control a whole array of network assets from any compatible plotter on your boat including, autopilot and engine sensors, VHF radios, radar, sonar, XM WX Satellite Weather, AIS traffic monitoring, and more. For maximum expandability, these new units have three built-in network ports, four NMEA 0183 inputs, two NMEA 0183 outputs, one NMEA 2000 port, two video inputs, and one PC monitor video output.
For superior situational awareness, mariners can also load the new GPSMAP 6000 and 7000 units with an optional BlueChart® g2 Vision® SD card to navigate with a clear moving-map representation of the boat’s position. In addition to high-res satellite imagery, g2 Vision features true “mariner’s eye view” above water or a “fish eye” underwater perspective – both in three dimensions. Aerial photos of ports, harbors marinas and coastal roads also help you see “the big picture” when you’re on the water. And the Auto Guidance technology found in BlueChart g2 Vision suggests the best routes to follow.
The GPSMAP 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 family of MFDs will be available in February 2010. For additional information and pricing, visit www.garmin.com.
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 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 www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, GPSMAP, BlueChart and g2 Vision are registered trademarks and G-Motion is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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