Garmin Introduces the GPSMAP(R) 3005C
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Garmin Introduces the GPSMAP(R) 3005C

Compact, Value-Priced Network Display for GPS, Weather, Sonar, and More

OLATHE, Kan., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today introduced the GPSMAP 3005C, a value-priced multifunction display (MFD) for use within the powerful Garmin Marine Network. Designed for a smaller boat or as a secondary unit on larger craft, the GPSMAP 3005C offers powerful GPS chartplotter, weather, sonar, and radar capabilities when connected to the Marine Network.

"We expect the GPSMAP 3005C to introduce a whole new segment of boaters to the Garmin Marine Network," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "With its lower price and smaller footprint, this unit is ideal for serious bass or walleye anglers, or for pleasure boaters who want to make sure they have cutting-edge information at their fingertips. The GPSMAP 3005C also works well as a secondary unit for a boat already rigged with the Marine Network."

The GPSMAP 3005C features a brilliant five-inch (diagonal) sunlight readable, 256-color, 640x480-pixel VGA display. Like other MFDs within the Garmin Marine Network, the GPSMAP 3005C is compatible with BlueChart(R), MapSource(R) Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots(R), and Minnesota Lakemaster(R) marine cartography. The GPSMAP 3005C communicates with the rest of the network via a 100-megabit Garmin proprietary network. The entire system is waterproof and the 3005C automatically detects any and all peripherals once it is connected -- and MFDs share information like waypoints, routes, tracks, cartography, and navigation state.

The GPSMAP 3005C accepts XM WX Satellite Weather data service from the GDL(TM) 30 and GDL 30A weather data receiver (sold separately). When installed, the 3005C can display 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 -- directly onto the chartplotter display. With the GDL 30A, the unit also provides XM Satellite Radio service.

For boaters wanting dual frequency sonar capabilities, they can connect the GPSMAP 3005C to Garmin's GSD 20 "black box" sounder, which offers 4,000 watts of power peak-to-peak (500 watts RMS). The unit is also compatible with the GMR(TM) 20 and GMR 40, Garmin's new 2kW and 4kW radomes.

The GPSMAP 3005C has a single data card slot and three NMEA ports. To offer the greatest value in a compact size, the GPSMAP 3005C does not have an alphanumeric keypad, video input/output, or IR remote capability.

The GPSMAP 3005C is $1066.00 (MSRP) and is expected to be available in May 2005. Check for details on other Garmin Marine Network components. XM WX Satellite Weather requires activation and subscription fees. See for 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, GPSMAP, and BlueChart are registered trademarks, and Garmin Marine Network, GDL, and GMR are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company's future product introductions and expected product availability dates are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2004 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 from .

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