Garmin® adds more power to its industry-leading Fantom series

Solid-state, pulse compression marine radars now with 50W and 120W of power

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today
announced the GMR Fantom™ 54/56 and Fantom 124/126 – the
next evolution in its solid-state pulse compression radar series with
MotionScope™ Doppler technology, offering 50W and 120W of power output,
respectively, the most in its class. Garmin Fantom radars were the first
to allow mariners to see targets moving instantaneously thanks to
MotionScope technology. Now, with more than double the power output of
existing Fantoms, the new series offers improved detection range with
more precision and target separation at both close- and long-ranges in a
solid-state solution for recreational boaters and fishermen alike.

“More power means you’ll get more consistent target positioning,
excellent target separation and unprecedented close- and long-range
target detection for a clear, concise image of the shoreline, other
vessels, flocks of birds and impending weather right on your Garmin
chartplotter,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide
sales. “The new Fantom 54/56 and Fantom 124/126 are the most powerful
solid-state pulse compression radars available on the market today, and
we’re excited to deliver a solution that offers this much performance,
reliability and ease of use.”

Available in a 4- or 6-foot open array, the Fantom 54/56 and 124/126
series uses the Doppler effect to detect and highlight moving targets to
help users avoid potential collisions, find flocks of birds, and track
weather in a single ping. With its pulse compression technology, Fantom
radars provide high resolution while maximizing energy on targets to
enhance detection and identification of targets. The Fantom 54/56 offer
50W of pulse compression power output, the approximate equivalent to a
6kW magnetron, while the Fantom 124/126 deliver a 120W power output, the
approximate equivalent to a 15kW magnetron. Pulse expansion can then
maximize target size to help differentiate real targets from noise. No
warm-up time is needed, so mariners can start tracking targets instantly.

The Doppler effect is the frequency shift in the radar echo due to the
relative motion of the target. This allows for instant detection of any
targets moving toward or away from the radar in real time. MotionScope
highlights the moving targets on the radar display with an easy-to-see
color so that users can navigate around other boats or severe weather,
or toward fishing spots where birds are feeding at the surface. When the
Echo Trails setting is turned on, a fading “trail” on the screen can
help easily identify the direction of the moving targets and potential
collision threats. The trails shown are corrected for the boat’s
rotation when an autopilot or heading sensor is connected to the Garmin
Marine Network.

The Fantom series offers excellent range performance with close- and
long-range detection; the Fantom 124/126 delivers detection as close as
20 feet to 96 nautical miles, and the Fantom 54/56 offers a detection
range of 20 feet to 72 nautical miles. Each new Fantom radar has a
narrow horizontal beamwidth that provides a high-resolution image, and
the high antenna gain picks out weak targets at a distance. All Fantom
radars also offer a dual range feature, so mariners have the ability to
see both close- and long-range views simultaneously, with an overlay on
a chart for one or both ranges. This eliminates the need to toggle
between views, and allows the captain to keep a close eye on immediate
surroundings and those on the horizon to ensure weather patterns, land
and structure can always be observed.

These powerful new radars also offer Auto Bird Gain, a unique feature
that lets mariners easily locate flocks of birds at the water’s surface,
indicating a potential hot fishing spot. They also come standard with
dual radar support that provides radar redundancy and more flexibility
to view different data on independent display units. Dynamic Auto Gain
and Dynamic Sea Filter continually adjust to surroundings, water and
weather conditions to provide optimal performance while reducing excess
noise and clutter. And MARPA settings enable the tracking of 10 targets

The new Fantom 54/56 and Fantom 124/126 series are compatible with the
GPSMAP® 8400/8600, 8000/8200 and 7400/7600 series multifunction
displays, and the GPSMAP 10×2/12×2 and GPSMAP 7×2/9×2 series
chartplotters. Expected to be available in Q3 2018, the new Fantom 54/56
and Fantom 124/126 radars have suggested retail prices ranging from
$5999.99 to $8499.99. For more information, visit

Garmin is the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1
and was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the third
consecutive year by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized
marine electronics company for support of products in the field.
Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated
chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology,
high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing
instrumentation, audio, entertainment and other products and services
that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use. Other
Garmin marine brands include FUSION® Entertainment, and Navionics, a
premier supplier of electronic navigation charts.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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1Based on 2016 reported sales.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin, GPSMAP, FUSION and Navionics are registered trademarks
and GMR Fantom and MotionScope are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its

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Garmin International, Inc. Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200 [email protected]