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Magellan Meridian Color, First Full-Color Handheld GPS Receiver Now Available

October 28, 2002

Thales Navigation,a global provider of GPS solutions including the Magellan consumerline and Thales Navigation professional GPS products, introduced thefirst ever full-color handheld GPS receiver. Currently available exclusivelythrough Sharper Image retail outlets, and more widely available in the spring,the Magellan Meridian Color is the new flagship handheld of the Meridian series. The company says the Meridian Color is feature-packed, with a built-in16 MB map database that contains information for travel by land and water. "With the ability to view maps in vivid color, we've added a whole newdimension to the navigation experience," said Lonnie Arima, Thales Navigationvice president of worldwide consumer sales and marketing. "With theintroduction of the Magellan Meridian Color, consumers gain the most advancedhandheld navigation solution available and Thales Navigation secures yetanother first, which strengthens our position as a leading innovator in thedevelopment and advancement of GPS technology." According to the company, delivering a 16-color, 120 x 160 pixel backlit display, the 8-ounce,pocketsize Meridian Color provides users with a view of built-inmaps, including highways, major roads, parks, waterways, airports, cities andmarine navigation aids, such as fixed and floating buoys, obstructions,wrecks, lighthouses and marinas. In addition, the Meridian Color's optionalexternal antenna provides boaters and recreational vehicle owners with a morereliable navigation solution for safer travel. The company claims the Magellan Meridian Color is designed for a comfortable fit in the hand,rugged durability and advanced functionality. The 12-parallel-channelreceiver's quadrifilar helix antenna provides superior tracking of satellitesignals and fast position fixes to show users their exact location withinthree meters or better. Customers can see their position on sevenuser-configurable navigation screens, including a moving map. With the touchof a button on the backlit keypad, customers can save their favoritelocations. Meridian Color stores up to 500 waypoints, 2000 track points, and20 reversible routes with 30 legs so users can find their way back to aparticular place. Meridian Color ships with a PC cable, user manual and carrying strap.Optional accessories include vehicle, bike and swivel mounting brackets,assorted power and data cables, a canvas carrying case and Magellan MapSendsoftware containing street maps, topography and travel data for the U.S.,Canada and Europe. Other products in the Meridian series include the MeridianPlatinum, Meridian Gold and Meridian Marine. For additional productinformation and dealer locations, visit or call800-669-4477. About Thales Navigation Thales Navigation is a developer and manufacturer of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment withoperations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Thales Navigation markets itsMagellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, andautomotive markets, and its Thales Navigation GPS and GNSS professionalproducts in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is a subsidiaryof Thales, a professional electronics company headquartered inParis, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and informationtechnology and services. For more information,
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