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Magellan's GPS Mapping SpringboardTM Module Now Available for HandspringTM VisorTM Handhelds

GPS CompanionTM Offers Ultimate Navigation Solution for Handspring Visor Users

Santa Clara, Calif.   (January 30, 2001) Magellan Corporation, a leading developer of satellite navigation information devices and maker of the first handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, announced today availability of the new GPS CompanionTM , a mapping and navigation SpringboardTM module for HandspringTM VisorTM handheld computers. GPS Companion software provides detailed, street-level maps using the award-winning MarcoSoftTM Quo VadisTM mapping platform as well as navigation information such as waypoint and route management capabilities, a digital compass, an analog speedometer and more. Handspring Visor customers can purchase Magellan's GPS Companion at and most other leading retailers.

"We've combined the best PalmTM OSTM mapping software with Magellan's advanced GPS technology to develop the most versatile and useful navigation information capabilities available for the Handspring Visor ¾ and the response from potential customers has been phenomenal," said Steve Schneider, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Magellan Consumer Products. "For business, recreation or travel use, GPS Companion provides fast and easy access to mapping and navigation information to help users find their way in unfamiliar places."

"MarcoSoft is pleased to partner with such a reliable, well known GPS manufacturer to create a module that meets Handspring's philosophy for practical and simple-to-use products," said Tino Frigino, MarcoSoft's vice president of Marketing and Sales. "That's what people want and that's what we've delivered. We've designed the MAP Companion software to provide information so fast and compact that you can have several metropolitan area maps in your pocket at one time."

The MAP Companion software provides access to multiple street maps with exceptional detail of the entire United States, while the NAV Companion software provides navigation information such as position coordinates, heading, bearing, speed, distance to go, estimated time of arrival and more. Visor users can test a free version of NAV Companion at GPS Companion's versatile design and standard interface also offer users the flexibility of interchanging compatible third party Palm OS mapping software applications.

GPS Companion allows users to see their position on a map, scroll through maps with the stylus, track their course, create and save waypoints and routes and beam saved data to other Handspring Visor handhelds. It features convenient pull-down menus, a multi-level zoom function and a "Find" function to quickly locate streets and intersections. The directional "You Are Here" icon steers the user to their destination while the map automatically scrolls during travel. GPS Companion also provides preloaded landmark icons that indicate many major airports, hospitals, shopping centers, golf courses and more.

Compatible with Handspring Visor, Visor Prism, Visor Deluxe and Visor Platinum handhelds, which must be purchased separately, the GPS Companion for the Handspring Visor boxed set includes the GPS receiver, two AAA batteries and a CD-ROM containing MAP Companion (grayscale and color) street-mapping software and NAV Companion navigation software. Optional accessories include a canvas carrying case, a vehicle mounting bracket and a 12V power cable for extended in-vehicle use. (For safety reasons, the driver should not use this device in a vehicle while in motion to assist the driver to navigate.)

For retail locations and product information, call Magellan customer service at 800-669-4477. Third-party developer inquiries should be directed to Randy Hall, product manager for Magellan Consumer Products, at

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GPS Companion, MAP Companion and NAV Companion are trademarks of Magellan Corporation.

Handspring, Visor and Springboard are trademarks of Handspring, Inc.

MarcoSoft and Quo Vadis are trademarks of MarcoSoft, Inc.

Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm is a trademark of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries.

About MarcoSoft

MarcoSoft, Inc. is a leading developer of handheld mapping and GPS software. Established in 1997, the company's current focus is on creating new exciting applications that drive handheld technology in GPS, mapping, GSM and other wireless communications. For more information about MarcoSoft, visit