Garmin® Introduces GHP™ 20 Yamaha® Helm Master™ Steer-by-Wire Autopilot

  Garmin® Introduces GHP™ 20 Yamaha® Helm Master™ Steer-by-Wire Autopilot

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OLATHE, Kan. -- April 15, 2013

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced its new GHP 20 Yamaha
steer-by-wire autopilot – a marine autopilot certified for Yamaha Helm Master
systems. As a controller area network-based electronic steering system, the
Yamaha Helm Master allows for direct autopilot control of the primary steering
with no additional autopilot pump required.

“We are very excited to be the first autopilot manufacturer that brings
autopilot support for the Yamaha Helm Master boat control system to the
market,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales. “With the Yamaha
Helm Master, the helmsman has full control, which can lead to increased
situational awareness, confidence and safety.”

Yamaha Helm Master is a fully integrated boat control system, including
joystick, engineered for powerboats with twin or triple Yamaha outboard
engines. The system uses state-of-the-art electronics and, with integrated
joystick functionality, provides easy, 360-degree maneuvering capabilities.
With the system, the helmsman can confidently move the boat forward, backward,
sideways or diagonally, as well as rotating on its own axis, to accomplish
docking maneuvers in tricky or crowded marinas.

The Garmin GHP 20 Yamaha marine autopilot system provides superior control
algorithms for unmatched autopilot performance. The GHP 20 Yamaha marine
autopilot system will interface to a Yamaha Helm Master boat via an included
gateway and take control for heading hold, basic patterns or GPS routes while
the Helm Master system is in normal steering mode. Taking advantage of the
dynamic gain adjustments based on tachometer information provided by the
Yamaha system, the GHP 20 Yamaha marine autopilot system offers optimal
performance at all speeds.

With the GHP 20 Yamaha marine autopilot system, Yamaha customers will enjoy
features found throughout Garmin’s existing line of autopilots, including
Shadow Drive technology – a capability that automatically disengages the
autopilot if the helm is turned, allowing for quick and safe manual maneuvers
without manually disengaging the autopilot. The autopilot will automatically
re-engage once a steady course is re-established. Additionally, this new
steer-by-wire autopilot works as a system-wide heading sensor, which enables
MARPA and chart overlay when connected to a Garmin chartplotter and radar. For
easy installation and integration with other Garmin products, the GHP 20
steer-by-wire autopilot has full NMEA 2000 connectivity.

The GHP 20 Yamaha marine autopilot system will utilize the Garmin GHC™ 10
autopilot control unit, which was designed to help boaters configure and
control the autopilot. With an easy-to-read 3.5” color display, three soft
keys, and a dedicated “standby” button, boat owners with Yamaha Helm Master
steering will benefit from the simple, interactive interface, and will be able
to control the heading of the boat with the press of a button.

The GHP 20 Yamaha marine autopilot system is scheduled to be available in the
second quarter of 2013. For more information on the GHP 20 for Yamaha, visit

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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
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