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New Magellan SporTrak Topo, The Only "Grab 'N Go" Topo

Thales Navigation Delivers Outdoorsmen's Dream, First GPS with Nationwide Topo Built In

Santa Clara, Calif.   (August 14, 2003) In this day of hi-tech everything, even the amateur adventurer craves the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. Hikers, backpackers and all outdoor enthusiasts alike have found their way through back country, canyons, rivers and roads with the help of the Magellan® SporTrak® line of GPS handhelds - and its popular downloadable MapSend® Topo for the United States software. To answer demand for the popular duo, Thales Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions, is unveiling the Magellan SporTrak Topo, the only handheld GPS that's preloaded with 108 MB of interactive, nationwide topographic maps and ready for action straight out of the box. Lightweight, rugged and waterproof, the Magellan SporTrak Topo delivers the convenience and functionality outdoorsmen crave in a GPS navigation product, without the hassle and extra cost of downloading separate software.

The Magellan SporTrak Topo provides everything outdoor enthusiasts need to find their way through unknown terrain. Its nine-button keypad gives users fast and easy access to nine navigation screens and numerous menu options, including built-in maps of nationwide topographic contours, vertical profiles of routes, queries of elevations, background maps of major roads, waterways and more. An additional 16 MB of memory is available for downloading detailed street maps, points of interest, marine charts and other navigation data from the Magellan MapSend® software line.

Its pocket-sized design, measuring only 1.3" deep with a weight of just 6.1 ounces, makes it easy for the Magellan SporTrak Topo to hitch a ride on your next hike, mountain climb, bike ride or off-road drive - fully loaded with all the information you need, where you need it most! Stylish yet sturdy, with its rubber-armored, floatable casing - this sportsman's tool can handle the harshest outdoor environments, while its backlit display enables easy readability in all light conditions.

The ultimate topographic GPS, Magellan SporTrak Topo also delivers a WAAS-enabled, 12-channel GPS receiver and an internal quadrifilar helix antenna to provide superior satellite reception and reliable position fixes as accurate as three meters or better - even when navigating through tall peaks, dense foliage or deep canyons. Packed with maps, useful features and ready to go, the Magellan SporTrak Topo is the ideal navigation solution for any outdoorsman's adventure.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial handheld GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services (IT&S). For more information, visit

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