Introducing the Garmin Marine Network™: GPS, Weather, Sonar, Radar, and More
GPS - OLATHE, Kan./April 14, 2004/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the Garmin Marine Network, a fully-integrated, plug-and-play system that puts GPS, weather, sonar, radar, and other important data literally at a boater’s fingertips.
"The Garmin Marine Network integrates important information to give mariners complete awareness of what’s happening around them," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "We’ve designed the system from the ground up to provide highly-detailed, highly-reliable, yet easy-to-use information that lets a boater make informed decisions and enjoy their time on the water."
The anchors of the new Garmin Marine Network are the GPSMAP® 3010C and GPSMAP 3006C — two multifunction displays (MFDs) that show data in a user-configurable format. Both units are waterproof and feature a sunlight readable, 256-color, 640x480-pixel VGA display in either a 10.4" or 6.4" diagonal screen size, respectively. The MFDs are powered by a high-speed processor and graphics controller for fast redraw of charts and weather graphics. Like earlier generations of Garmin chartplotters, the 3010C and 3006C are completely compatible with Garmin’s award-winning BlueChart® marine cartography.
The GPSMAP 3010C and 3006C communicate with the Garmin Marine Network through a 100-megabit Garmin proprietary network. The entire system is waterproof and completely plug-and-play — the MFDs automatically detect any and all peripherals once they’re connected. Boaters can connect a GPS antenna and one remote sensor directly to the MFD, or, with the addition of the GMS™ 10 Network Port Expander, users can connect multiple MFDs and sensors to the same network. Each networked MFD can be configured independently.
A unique feature to the Garmin Marine Network is the addition of the GDL™ 30 weather data receiver. Through a partnership with the XM WX Satellite Weather data service, mariners for the first time can access real-time graphical weather data directly on the GPSMAP 3010C or 3006C — without the need for a separate PC interface. For those wanting more than 120 channels of XM Satellite Radio along with weather data, Garmin also offers the GDL 30A — which provides a unique audio channel interface on the 3010C and 3006C in addition to weather data.
XM WX Satellite Weather relays a continuous transmission of more than 15 different types of graphical weather information, including animated NEXRAD weather radar and forecasts, pressure, visibility, precipitation, wind data, wave data, and sea surface temperatures — for the boat’s current location, along a projected path, or anywhere in the U.S. The weather information is directly overlaid onto the chartplotter display. Coverage is nationwide and extends several hundred miles offshore.
The 3000 series receives sonar data through the GSD 20, Garmin’s proprietary "black box" sounder, which offers 4,000 watts of power peak-to-peak (500 watts RMS) in a dual-frequency transducer.
This system will be compatible with Garmin's new marine radar that is expected for the 2005 marine season. More information on the radar should be available in late 2004.
The Garmin Marine Network also offers a unique network upgrade system. The user simply prompts the MFD to read the current software version of all components within the network, and writes them onto a Garmin data card. Then, the user uploads this data via a PC to the Garmin website, where the newest software versions are downloaded to the data card. The entire system is automatically updated once the card is re-inserted in the MFD.
Additional features of the Garmin Marine System include:
Two composite video inputs on MFDs for monitoring remote areas of the boat One VGA PC monitor output on MFDs for a remote chartplotter display Completely customizable display pages that allow full-screen displays or a combination of fields, including chartplotter, sonar, radar, and digital data displays Optional alphanumeric infrared remote control available The GPSMAP 3006C is $2285.70 (MSRP) and the GPSMAP 3010C is priced at $2857.13 (MSRP). The GDL 30 is priced at $642.84 (MSRP), and the GDL 30A is available for $857.13 (MSRP). The GMS 10 is priced at $267.84 (MSRP). All components are expected be available in the second quarter of 2004. Garmin marine radar products are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2005.
The XM WX Satellite Weather Master Mariner service is available for $49.99 per month, with a $50.00 activation fee. Also available are two lower tier packages featuring a subset of the Master Mariner products structured to meet the needs of fishermen and sailors, each for $29.99 per month and a $50.00 activation fee. Subscribers of XM WX receive the Family Plan price for XM audio broadcasts for an additional $6.99 per month.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless 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, and BlueChart are registered trademarks, and Garmin Marine Network, GDL, GMS, and GMR are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
XM is America's #1 satellite radio service with more than 1.6 million subscribers today. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville, Tennessee at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2004 lineup includes more than 120 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 33 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. For more information, visit www.xmwxweather.com, XM’s pressroom at www.xmradio.com/newsroom or contact the Corporate Affairs department at 202-380-4000. XM WX Satellite Weather is a trademark of XM Satellite Radio Inc.
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