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Thales Navigation Unveils Magellan SporTrak Pro GPS Receiver 03.22.2002

March 22, 2002
Magellan SporTrak Pro combines advanced functionality, exceptional expandability and stylish, lightweight design

Thales Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions including its Magellan consumer and Ashtech professional product lines, announced the Magellan SporTrak Pro, a new premium handheld GPS solution designed to meet consumer demand for advanced mapping and navigation in a compact size.

The Magellan SporTrak Pro delivers stylish, pocket-sized convenience without compromising superior performance and robust functionality. In addition to its versatile mix of street maps and marine information, the Magellan SporTrak Pro provides a built-in memory of 9 MB with expandability up to 23 MB so users can add even more maps and points of interest for easy access while traveling. No other GPS product in this price category offers this kind of expandability.

Additionally, SporTrak Pro offers superior functionality including:
WAAS-enabled accuracy for position fixes within 3 meters
A larger, high-contrast, backlit display that makes information easy to read on the go
A front-facing, nine-key keypad to let users operate the receiver easily
Superior signal tracking to maintain a position fix in densely covered areas

Waterproof and rugged with a sporty, comfortable design, the 12-channel SporTrak includes built-in marine navigation aids that identify buoys, marinas, lighthouses, wrecks and obstructions for traveling offshore, fishing or boating. The user is not limited to the built-in information, however. The SporTrak Pro's 23 MB of memory capacity lets users download additional map detail, points of interest or topographic data from the Magellan MapSend software family.

The SporTrak Pro's nine navigation screens direct the user toward his destination while displaying bearing, heading, distance, speed, remaining time to destination, cross-track error and more. An advanced search function quickly locates landmarks, cities and roads. Other features for mariners include anchor, arrival and cross track alarms as well as a resettable trip odometer. A sunrise and sunset calculator keep users on schedule, and the best hunting and fishing time calculator helps users make the most of their outdoor adventure.

The SporTrak Pro also lets users record up to 500 of their favorite locations and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs, and it won't lose the information even if the unit loses power. In addition, the waypoint messaging feature allows users to create notes with each landmark they save while a backtracking feature records the user's path to create easily retraceable routes.

SporTrak Pro will ship with a PC cable, users manual and quick start guide this Spring. For dealer locations or information on Magellan MapSend software, visit www.magellangps.com.