Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced exciting new features available to the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series, including FLIR M-Series and MD-Series thermal night vision compatibility, CZone digital switching control, sailing features and more. “The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series has combined power, elegance and user-friendliness to set the standard for the glass helm,” said David Dunn, senior manager of marine sales. “With this free software update, features like FLIR thermal camera compatibility and CZone digital switching provide the boater even more control and information at the helm.” With this free software update comes compatibility with FLIR M-Series and MD-Series thermal night vision cameras. The user gains the ability to pan, tilt and zoom directly from the chartplotter’s display, GRID™ or FLIR joystick (optional). Full support and settings for FLIR joystick operations are also integrated into the chartplotter, including surveillance scan, polarity, color mode, scene mode and more. CZone digital switching technology provides full, one-touch helm control of the most pivotal systems on-board, including lighting, power monitoring, tank monitoring and many more. With an intuitive control interface, digital switching simplifies the boating experience by putting full automation and vessel integration at the user’s fingertips. Full control of music and playlists is now available from the chartplotter’s screen with Garmin Meteor™ 300 and Fusion Link support. With a dedicated screen for music and album art, media control can also be added to any layout as a top or bottom control bar. For sailing customers, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series will now offer a full suite of sailing features. On initial setup, the unit can be configured specifically to meet the sailor’s needs. This unlocks easy-to-use features such as laylines, which guide the user when to tack and gybe. The sailing package also includes simultaneous heading and course lines, a new wind rose that shows true/apparent wind simultaneously, and new sailing data fields. In conjunction with Garmin gWind™ transducers, sailors will have the most pivotal sailing information at their fingertips.
Another new feature is Dynamic Sea Temperature. This gives the user the ability to dynamically adjust the range of sea temperatures, providing the ability to target any species of fish. With the GXM™ 52, water temperatures are detailed within proper range of giving the user better insight as to prime fishing locations.Other features included in the software update are sonar recording and automatic user data sync. The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series software update is free and available now for both the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series and the GPSMAP 8500 Black Box series. For more information, 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, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation 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 GRID, gWind, Meteor, and GXM are trademarks 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 29, 2012, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www8.garmin.com/company/investors/SEC/. 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.