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                                                              Southampton Boat Show 2006

Garmin Debuts Open Array Radar

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

Garmin is showcasing two powerful new open array radar scanners at the Southampton
Boat Show. The GMR 404 and GMR 406 4kW X-band digital open array radar scanners
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,” says Garmin’s EMEA General Manager, Sean Biddlecombe. “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 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 designed to look great atop any
modern yacht. The radar pedestal also features a unique access panel for maintenance in
the field making awkward struggles with a heavy and cumbersome radar pedestal a thing 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: 1.8o (404) and 1.1o (406) degrees horizontal / 25 degrees
               vertical (both 404 & 406)

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                   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:-10o C to 60o C, and a relative
                    humidity up to 95% at 35o C
                   Wind velocity (relative): Withstands up to 100 Kts without performance
                    degradation
                   Range ring accuracy: 20 meter +/- 1.5% of range scales, whichever is greater
                   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




For more information please contact:
Claire Carter, Press & PR Manager
Email: Claire.Carter@garmin.com Tel: 01794 528465

Notes for Editors:
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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. Garmin, GPSMAP and BlueChart are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated
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