Garmin's Sensor-Packed GPSMAP 76S Is King of the Hill, City, Lake...

February 2, 2002

OLATHE, Kan. - Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today unveiled its latest portable consumer GPS-enabled device - the GPSMAP 76S - at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. Joining the GPS 76 and GPSMAP 76 line of products, the GPSMAP 76S boasts additional sensors and more internal memory to take adventurers as high or as far as they want to go.

The "S" is for Sensors, because the GPSMAP 76S incorporates a GPS receiver, barometric altimeter and an electronic compass that deliver advanced location, elevation and bearing information to the user. It contains 24 megabytes of internal memory for map storage from Garmin's exclusive line of MapSource® products. Like all new Garmin GPS devices, the GPSMAP 76S is also enabled to accept corrected GPS data from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), delivering pinpoint accuracy of 10 feet or less. And true to the company's form and function, the GPSMAP 76S is waterproof and floats in water - like other models in the product line.

"This unit is ideal for the active mariner or serious outdoor enthusiast," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "It is sure to become a standard traveling companion for anyone who wants all the standard features of our popular eTrex Vista® - lots of memory, WAAS accuracy, built-in altimeter and compass, lightweight waterproof design, one-hand operation - in larger form factor."

The GPSMAP 76S has a basemap of North and South America, including major highways, thoroughfares, rivers, lakes, and borders. But adventures are not limited to navigating the basemap. Because of its rich internal memory, the GPSMAP 76S can store map data from Garmin's exclusive line of MapSource CD-ROMs to take you deep in the city (MetroGuide®), offshore (BlueChart®), on the lake (Fishing Hot Spots®), offroad (U.S. Topo) or anywhere in between (Roads & Recreation).

The internal quad-helix antenna of the GPSMAP 76S provides highly sensitive signal reception, and users will appreciate the external antenna port for mounting purposes. Hikers and hunters will include it on their gear list because of its powerful capabilities and lightweight (7 oz.) design. The device runs on two AA batteries for 10 hours (typical use).

The GPSMAP 76S is expected to be available in April 2002 for a suggested retail price of $482.13. It will ship standard with a PC interface cable, lanyard, owner’s manual and quick-start guide.