Garmin® Launches "X"-treme Handheld Makeover
Jan 3, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev./January 3, 2006/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that it is refreshing its most popular handheld navigation devices by adding removable microSD memory in a waterproof and ruggedized housing. The new x-series devices were introduced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (booth #35920).
The eTrex Legend® Cx, eTrex Vista® Cx, GPSMAP® 60Cx, GPSMAP 60CSx, GPSMAP 76Cx, and GPSMAP 76CSx will all feature the new card slot. In addition, the new 60x-series and 76x-series units will feature a new and highly sensitive GPS receiver that obtains faster acquisition times and lets users determine and track their location in challenging conditions such as heavy foliage or deep canyons.
“The new x-series of handhelds gives hikers, hunters, geocachers, and boaters exactly what they’re looking for – the versatility of a memory card slot for adding highly-detailed maps,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “And with the addition of new GPS technology in our 60x and 76x lineup, acquiring and maintaining a fix is easier than ever.”
Owners of the new x-series of handhelds also can purchase new microSD cards that are pre-loaded with MapSource® Topo and inland lake maps, BlueChart® marine cartography, and City Navigator™ street maps. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof (IPX-7) battery compartment. Users can also load map data and transfer routes and waypoints through the units’ fast USB connection.
Designed as entry-level yet full-featured navigators, the eTrex Legend Cx and Vista Cx boast a color TFT display and advanced GPS routing capabilities in a waterproof design. A blank 32MB microSD card is included with these units. The Vista Cx incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass displays accurate heading while standing still.
Considered the mainstay among serious outdoor enthusiasts, the GPSMAP 60Cx and 60CSx offer a large color TFT display and turn-by-turn routing capability and rugged looks. Each unit comes with a blank 64MB microSD card. The GPSMAP 60CSx also incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass displays accurate heading while standing still.
Favorites among boaters, the GPSMAP 76Cx and 76CSx have the same features and large color display as the 60x series, with an added benefit for mariners – the units float. The 76x-series units are all equipped with a blank 128MB microSD card. Like the 60CSx, the GPSMAP 76CSx includes a barometric altimeter and electronic compass.
The x-series units are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2006 and are some of the many products the company announced at CES. For pricing and further details, on these and other newly-announced products, please visit www.garmin.com.
microSD cards are a mini version of the standard SD (Secure Digital) card format. In fact, they can be used, via an adapter, in a standard SD card slot. microSD is the memory card format of choice for the wireless communications industry (ie: CELL PHONES).
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