Integrating the Look and Feel of a Glass Helm, Garmin® Introduces Both the
GPSMAP® 8000 MFD and GPSMAP 8500 Black Box Series
OLATHE, Kan. -- February 14, 2013
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm
series, their newest flagship series added to an already extensive line of
multi-function devices. Introducing a true glass helm appearance into the
boating industry, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series boasts powerful new
features and a revamped user-interface with a streamlined design that can make
any helm look custom-built.
“The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series features the ultimate in simplicity,
ease-of-use, power and speed,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide
sales. “Incorporating the look and feel of a glass helm into the marine
industry, the Glass Helm series provides a beautiful centerpiece while
delivering the most important features and capabilities to the user.”
Offering an 8-inch SVGA, 12-inch and 15-inch XGA multi-touch, pinch-to-zoom
multi-function display, the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series boasts a lower profile than
previous multi-function models. With the 12-inch and 15-inch models being 30%
and 32% thinner, respectively, the 8000 MFD series can easily fit into a
pre-existing space where previous MFD units were installed.
Combined with a user-interface that’s designed for efficiency, the GPSMAP 8000
MFD series proves to be essential for any helm. The refreshed interface has
been streamlined to help access the most important menus and settings and
provides a more intuitive and accessible experience for the user. With a user
control bar docked at the bottom of the screen, information such as waypoints,
autopilot and the home menu are only a finger touch away.
In addition to the release of the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series, Garmin is also proud
to introduce the GPSMAP 8500 Black Box series, an elegantly efficient solution
for larger vessels with more helm space. Offering a 15-inch XGA, 17-inch or
19-inch SXGA multi-touch, pinch-to-zoom monitor to use with the black box, the
GPSMAP 8500 Black Box series allows for easy installation wherever the user
chooses and to outfit the 2.16-inch slim monitor directly in the helm. Having
an independent, detached black box allows for better system cooling, larger
screen size capability and easier installation. And because the Black Box
series monitors are high resolution, they can receive up to a 1080p HD
With a fully integrated glass display, the sleek GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series
brings an elegant and customized appearance by offering a new, flat-mounting
option that transforms the vessel’s bridge into a glass helm. The new series
can also be installed by traditional flush mounting, providing a very low
A valuable new feature offered on the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series is
SmartMode™ station control. With SmartMode, the mariner can customize numerous
preset modes based off of various activities. With the simplicity of only two
button pushes, SmartMode can instantly synchronize all displays to show the
most desirable screens for a particular activity. Auto-dimming and power is
also synced across displays, providing the easiest, most intuitive controls
ever offered in our multi-function units and allowing for a custom experience
to every user.
With the ability to utilize Garmin’s high-sensitivity 10Hz GPS/GLONASS
external receiver, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series is able to update
position and heading ten times per second, providing significantly smoother
on-screen navigation. This industry-leading GPS receiver dramatically improves
the ability to mark and navigate to a waypoint and also allows for vessel
movement to be crisp and fluid on screen.
Steering with autopilot has never been easier with our new on-screen autopilot
controls. With a customization that allows the user to create a quarter- or
full-screen autopilot display, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series works in
conjunction with the autopilot head unit to guide the vessel to where the user
needs to go.
The perfect accessory to accompany the new Glass Helm series is the GRID™
(Garmin Remote Input Device). GRID, sold separately, is a remote device that
allows for seamless navigation between an individual or multiple displays.
GRID can be integrated into a captain’s chair for a low-profile controlling
The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series is scheduled to be available in the second
quarter of 2013. For additional information regarding the GPSMAP 8000 Glass
Helm series, visit www.garmin.com/8000.
Garmin’s marine business segment is a leading provider of navigation and
communication equipment to retail and OEM customers. Garmin’s portfolio
includes the industry’s most sophisticated array of chartplotters and
touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar, high-definition radar, autopilot
offerings and other products and services that are known for innovation,
reliability, and ease-of-use.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor
recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. A component of the S&P 500
index, Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
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