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New Magellan eXplorist Series Delivers Three Small, Affordable, Easy-To-Use Handhelds For Power-Packed Gps Navigation


Santa Clara, Calif.   (June 15, 2004) This summer, Thales introduces the all-new Magellan® eXploristTM series: three new Magellan® handheld GPS navigation devices that re-write the rulebook by proving you can spend less and get more. The eXplorist 100, eXplorist 200 and eXplorist 300 deliver more advanced features, more powerful performance and more value.

There's a lot to the small, cool eXplorist series' beyond the vibrant blue, orange and yellow exteriors. Inside and out, eXplorists are built to provide real GPS for serious outdoor use TM from their tough, impact-resistant, waterproof exterior, to the proven Magellan technology inside that packs powerful functionality into an easy-to-use operating system. Each eXplorist offers advanced capabilities, including all-new Magellan TrueFixTM technology, which incorporates a superior 14-parallel-channel, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver to provide precise position fixes within three meters and ensure advanced reliability and accuracy in satellite signal acquisition and tracking. Explorers will also appreciate Magellan one-button access, which quickly takes users directly to the functions that matter most: the menu, navigation screens, personal points-of-interest storage, 'go to' routing, and the backlight. In addition, each eXplorist model stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 routes and multiple track logs with up to 2,000 points each, providing ample storage space even for avid navigators.

Designed for compact, fit-in-your-pocket convenience, eXplorist receivers measure only 4.6" x 2.1" x 1.3" (11,7 cm x 5,4 cm x 3,3 cm) and weigh less than four ounces (115 g), yet they provide a large 2.3" (5,8 cm) diagonal, four-level grayscale LCD display. The zoom capability and amber backlighting ensure optimum viewing even at night. The rugged exterior is wrapped in a rubber-armored, impact-resistant casing that is waterproof to the rigid IPX-7 standard. Each eXplorist model is ready for adventure in all conditions and terrains, whether your game is hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, or finding your way around a new area.

eXplorist 100: The eXplorist 100 is the ideal all-around recreational navigation device. At an entry-level price, it offers the best value in a GPS/track plotter for the budget conscious, yet it's powerful enough for the expert GPS user. Small, lightweight and easy-to-use, anyone can pick it up and get going without studying a manual. Among its many features, the orange eXplorist 100 offers three navigation screens with track plotting to help you find the fun TM then find your way back. It also saves up to three track-log files with up to 2000 points each.

eXplorist 200: For those who need mapping, the eXplorist 200 adds to the features found in the eXplorist 100 a built-in North American or European background map and the ability to save up to five track-log files each with up to 2000 points. The background map offers convenient access to roads, parks, waterways, airports and more. With its bright yellow casing, the eXplorist 200 delivers all the functionality and features an adventurer needs at an affordable breakthrough price for mapping handhelds.

eXplorist 300: Rounding out the series, the eXplorist 300 adds a trio of advanced tools to the built-in nationwide background map for easier navigation: a barometer, an altimeter and an electronic compass, which eliminates the need to be in motion to get a direction to a destination. Like the eXplorist 200, the eXplorist 300 contains a background map with roads, parks, waterways, airports and more, plus three navigation screens and the ability to save five track-log files with up to 2000 points each. The ideal choice for outdoor adventures, the blue-cased eXplorist 300 is a robust GPS receiver delivering all of these major features, at a most-affordable price.


About Thales' navigation business
Thales' navigation business unit develops and manufactures world leading positioning, navigation and guidance equipment. It 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. 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 business unit is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has worldwide operations.

For more information, visit http://www.thalesnavigation.com.


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