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Thales Navigation Expands Full-Color Handheld GPS Line

Magellan SporTrak Color Is Only Handheld GPS with Full Color and 3-Axis Electronic Compass

Santa Clara, Calif.   (February 13, 2003) Thales (TAL-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions, including the Magellan® brand of consumer products and Thales Navigation professional GPS solutions, today introduced the Magellan SporTrakTM Color, the only handheld GPS with a full-color display and a 3-axis electronic compass. In November 2002 Thales Navigation broke the "color barrier" by introducing the Magellan Meridian® Color - the world's first full-color handheld GPS receiver. With today's worldwide debut of the Magellan SporTrak Color at the S.H.O.T. Show in Orlando, FL., Thales Navigation, the sole provider of color GPS, strengthens its position in the industry.

Available this spring, the Magellan SporTrak Color is the only handheld GPS to combine a vibrant, sunlight-viewable color display with a three-axis electronic compass for easier navigation. Rugged, waterproof and floatable, this latest Magellan product breakthrough, with its sleek, lightweight, compact design, is as stylish as it is functional. The 16-color, high-resolution data display is crystal clear. Day or night, the 1/8 VGA 240 x 160 pixel display gives optimal visibility. The three-axis electronic compass assures outdoorsmen accurate orientation in any position, whether they're running, hiking or standing still, while the WAAS/EGNOS-enabled receiver delivers positioning accuracy within three meters. A built-in barometer helps hikers track weather changes and predict conditions that could make them want to set up camp early.

The Magellan SporTrak Color features 32 MB of memory, with a 9 MB built-in database containing highways, interstates, major roads, waterways, parks, airports and marine navigation aids. With 23 MB of available memory, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts can further customize their data by easily downloading additional map detail, points of interest and charts with the most up-to-date, detailed seamless marine data available - all from the Magellan MapSend® family of software products. The full line allows users to navigate with confidence, whether in challenging terrain, backwoods, major metropolitan areas or offshore.

The Magellan SporTrak Color will be available in March 2003 in the United States and Canada, with availability in Europe following shortly. It is the latest addition in a series, which includes the SporTrak, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Pro and the all-new SporTrak Pro Marine. The SporTrak Color is packaged with a user manual, "Quick Start" guide, PC cable, two AA batteries and a wrist strap. Optional accessories include: swivel mount, bike mount, vehicle mount, carrying case, assorted power and data cables, a 12V adapter, and Magellan MapSend software titles.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation, communication, and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS products in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its Thales Navigation GPS and GNSS professional solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, tracking, 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 hand-held 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 leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information technology and services. For more information, visit

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Magellan, Meridian, MapSend, and SporTrak are trademarks of Thales Navigation Inc.
NeverLost is a registered trademark of Hertz Corporation.

Angela Linsey-Jackson
Thales Navigation
(909) 394-5062

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