Garmin® Adds High-Definition to its Open-Array Radars

Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation is pleased to announce its next generation of open-array digital radar scanners – the GMR™ 1204/1206 xHD and the GMR 604/606 xHD – setting the standard for high-definition performance and target detection, transmitting with 12 and 6 kilowatts of power respectively.

Nigel Craine, Marine Product and OEM Manager said: “These new open-array scanners transmit more power than ever before, making them the ideal solution for those who demand a high-power, high-performance radar that will deliver incredible target detection and detail.

“Whether you’re entering the harbour on a foggy evening, or a fisherman looking for birds in the distance, you’ll see what’s out there sooner and with more confidence.”

The powerful 6-foot GMR 1206 xHD and GMR 606 xHD feature a 1.1-degree horizontal and 25-degree vertical beamwidth, which offers outstanding clarity, precision and target definition. The GMR 1204 xHD and GMR 604 xHD boast a 4-foot antenna that focuses energy with a 1.8-degree horizontal and 25-degree vertical beamwidth. All four open-array scanners have a maximum effective range of 72 nautical miles and offer selectable rotation speeds from 24 RPM or 48 RPM for rapid target updates.

These new xHD scanners provide up to eight times more sampling data than Garmin’s current open-array offerings, so mariners won’t miss a thing. 


For the ultimate in situational awareness, these new radar units also incorporate a Dual Range feature that allows a Garmin network-compatible chartplotter to display two ranges simultaneously, so users can see both close and distant targets on one display.

As with other Garmin radar devices, these new units also support MARPA (Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) collision avoidance capability, which allows mariners to track the course, speed and predicted closest approach of multiple targets (with optional heading sensor).

Each new four and six-foot open-array scanner features automatic and manual sensitivity, tuning controls, including gain, sea clutter and rain clutter – which allows users to spend less time tuning the unit and more time navigating.

Mariners will also benefit as these units transmit data over the Garmin Marine Network™, a plug-and-play proprietary system that allows the user to expand the boat’s electronics as needed. This network can provide important situational awareness data like GPS, radar and sonar directly on a GPSMAP® 4008 or 5008 chartplotter.

The GMR 604 xHD has a suggested retail price of £699.99, and the GMR 606 xHD is available for £1299.99.  The GMR 1204 xHD has a suggested retail price of £699.99 and the GMR 1206 xHD is available for £1299.99.

All Garmin radar units come standard with a full two-year warranty. These new xHD units are expected to be available in late 2009. For more information, go to

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