|[February 14, 2013]
Integrating the Look and Feel of a Glass Helm, Garmin® Introduces Both the GPSMAP® 8000 MFD and GPSMAP 8500 Black Box Series
OLATHE, Kan. --(Business Wire)--
Garmin International (News - Alert) Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GPSMAP 8000
Glass Helm series, their newest flagship series added to an already
extensive line of multi-function devices. Introducing a true glass helm
appearance into the boating industry, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series
boasts powerful new features and a revamped user-interface with a
streamlined design that can make any helm look custom-built.
"The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series features the ultimate in simplicity,
ease-of-use, power and speed," said Dan Bartel, vice president of
worldwide sales. "Incorporating the look and feel of a glass helm into
the marine industry, the Glass Helm series provides a beautiful
centerpiece while delivering the most important features and
capabilities to the user."
Offering an 8-inch SVGA, 12-inch and 15-inch XGA multi-touch,
pinch-to-zoom multi-function display, the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series boasts
a lower profile than previous multi-function models. With the 12-inch
and 15-inch models being 30% and 32% thinner, respectively, the 8000 MFD
series can easily fit into a pre-existing space where previous MFD units
Combined with a user-interface that's designed for efficiency, the
GPSMAP 8000 MFD series proves to be essential for any helm. The
refreshed interface has been streamlined to help access the most
important menus and settings and provides a more intuitive and
accessible experience for the user. With a user control bar docked at
the bottom of the screen, information such as waypoints, autopilot and
the home menu are only a finger touch away.
In addition to the release of the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series, Garmin is also
proud to introduce the GPSMAP 8500 Black Box (News - Alert) series, an elegantly
efficient solution for larger vessels with more helm space. Offering a
15-inch XGA, 17-inch or 19-inch SXGA multi-touch, pinch-to-zoom monitor
to use with the black box, the GPSMAP 8500 Black Box (News - Alert) series allows for
easy installation wherever the user chooses and to outfit the 2.16-inch
slim monitor directly in the helm. Having an independent, detached black
box allows for better system cooling, larger screen size capability and
easier installation. And because the Black Box series monitors are high
resolution, they can receive up to a 1080p HD resolution video.
With a fully integrated glass display, the sleek GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm
series brings an elegant and customized appearance by offering a new,
flat-mounting option that transforms the vessel's bridge into a glass
helm. The new series can also be installed by traditionl flush
mounting, providing a very low profile alternative.
A valuable new feature offered on the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series is
SmartMode™ station control. With SmartMode, the mariner can customize
numerous preset modes based off of various activities. With the
simplicity of only two button pushes, SmartMode can instantly
synchronize all displays to show the most desirable screens for a
particular activity. Auto-dimming and power is also synced across
displays, providing the easiest, most intuitive controls ever offered in
our multi-function units and allowing for a custom experience to every
With the ability to utilize Garmin's high-sensitivity 10Hz GPS/GLONASS
external receiver, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series is able to update
position and heading ten times per second, providing significantly
smoother on-screen navigation. This industry-leading GPS receiver
dramatically improves the ability to mark and navigate to a waypoint and
also allows for vessel movement to be crisp and fluid on screen.
Steering with autopilot has never been easier with our new on-screen
autopilot controls. With a customization that allows the user to create
a quarter- or full-screen autopilot display, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm
series works in conjunction with the autopilot head unit to guide the
vessel to where the user needs to go.
The perfect accessory to accompany the new Glass Helm series is the
GRID™ (Garmin Remote Input Device). GRID, sold separately, is a remote
device that allows for seamless navigation between an individual or
multiple displays. GRID can be integrated into a captain's chair for a
low-profile controlling solution.
The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series is scheduled to be available in the
second quarter of 2013. For additional information regarding the GPSMAP
8000 Glass Helm series, visit www.garmin.com/8000.
Garmin's marine business segment is a leading provider of navigation and
communication equipment to retail and OEM customers. Garmin's portfolio
includes the industry's most sophisticated array of chartplotters and
touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar, high-definition radar,
autopilot offerings and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.
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. A component of the S&P 500 index, 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 SmartMode and GRID are a trademark
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 31, 2011, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange
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