Garmin(R) Debuts Open Array Radar

Four- and Six-Foot Antennas Give Boaters the Big Picture

OLATHE, Kan., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the debut of the GMR(TM) 404 and GMR 406, two powerful 4kW X-band digital open array radar scanners that offer outstanding clarity, precision and target definition.

The GMR 404 is a 4-foot scanner with 1.8-degree beam width for superior target separation. The GMR 406's 6-foot antenna takes beam width down to 1.1- degrees for an even higher level of detail. Both scanners have a maximum range of 72 nautical miles.

"Our new line of open-array scanners solidifies Garmin as a top choice for mariners who own larger motor yachts," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "The GMR 404 and 406 are great additions to our feature-packed and easy-to-use Garmin Marine Network family."

All radar data is digitally processed within the GMR 404 and 406's pedestal via a digital signal processor, and is efficiently presented on Garmin's GPSMAP(R) 3000 series of chartplotter/multifunction displays (MFDs). Digital processing allows for more precise recognition, enhancement, and filtering of radar echoes -- making the finished display easier to read and interpret.

The sleek, windswept styling of the GMR 404 and 406 is also designed to look great atop any modern yacht. The radar pedestal also features a unique access panel for maintenance in the field -- awkward struggles with a heavy and cumbersome radar pedestal are things of the past.

The GMR 404 and 406 both have radar overlay capability, allowing boaters to reconcile radar signatures with known objects on the chartplotter. The units also offer MARPA (Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) capability, which allow boaters to track the bearing, course, speed and predicted closest approach (by both time and distance) of up to 10 targets. MARPA functionality requires an optional heading sensor.

Both radar arrays feature automatic and manual sensitivity and tuning controls, including gain, sea clutter, and rain clutter -- which allows boaters to spend less time tuning the unit and more time navigating. The units also boast selectable interference rejection, which mitigates the effect of nearby radar transmissions.

    Other specifications for the GMR 404 and GMR 406 include:

    -- Antenna type:  End fed slotted waveguide
    -- Pedestal size:  24" x 11" x 16"
    -- Beam width: 1.8 (404) and 1.1 (406) degrees horizontal / 25 degrees
       vertical (both 404 & 406)
    -- Polarization:  Horizontal
    -- Antenna Gain:  29 dB (404), 30 dB (406)
    -- Antenna RPM's:  24 rpm and 48 rpm
    -- Receiver noise figure: Less than 4 dB
    -- Power output: 4KW
    -- Maximum range:  72 nm;  Minimum range:  20 meters
    -- Range scales (range rings): 20 meter or +/- 1.5% of range scale,
       whichever is greater
    -- Scanning operation Temperature:  Range: -10 degrees C to 60 degrees C,
       and a relative humidity up to 95% at 35 degrees C
    -- Wind velocity (relative):  Withstands up to 100 Kts without performance
    -- Range ring accuracy: 20 meter +/- 1.5% of range scales, whichever is
    -- Bearing accuracy:  1 degree
    -- Presentation modes:  North up, Course up, Heading up
    -- MARPA:  Tracks up to 10 MARPA targets (heading sensor is required)
    -- VRM/EBL:  2 user adjustable, capable of floating
    -- Guard zone alarm: 2 zones, user adjustable
    -- Zoom mode: 2x and 4x
    -- Trails: short, medium, and long
    -- Cable length: 15 meters
    -- Waterproofing: IEC 60529 IPX6 standards

The Garmin Marine Network can provide important situational awareness data like GPS, radar, sonar, and near real-time graphical weather data and audio channels directly on the GPSMAP 3000 series MFD, through a subscription to XM WX Satellite Weather and XM Radio.

The GMR 404 and GMR 406 are expected to be available in August 2006. The GMR 404 has a suggested retail price of $3599.99, and the GMR 406 has an MSRP of $4399.99. See for more details.

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 or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks, and GMR and Garmin Marine Network are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.

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 and expected product availability dates 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, 2005 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin's Form 10-K can be downloaded at . 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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