Garmin® awarded top NMEA® honors: 2018 Manufacturer and Technology of the Year

Making Garmin the winningest marine electronics company in 2018

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced that it was named Manufacturer of the Year for the
fourth consecutive year by members of the National Marine Electronics
Association (NMEA). This honor is given to the most recognized company
in the marine electronics field for its support of products in the
field, voted on by members of the NMEA.

Garmin, the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1,
also earned the coveted NMEA Technology Award for its Panoptix
and four Product of Excellence Awards with wins in the
following categories: multi-function display (MFD), autopilot,
multi-media entertainment and mobile application—utility. The honors
were announced at the 2018 NMEA Convention and Expo held last week in
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sept. 25-28.

“We’re extremely proud to be honored by the NMEA for both our
industry-leading technology as well as our support of our products to
dealers and customers in the field,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice
president global consumer sales. “Our commitment to deliver first-class
hardware, software and support is stronger than ever, and these coveted
awards are the result of that dedication and a true testament to our
industry-leading products.”

A panel of four judges, including two media and two NMEA certificated
marine electronics technician (CMET), evaluated 16 nominated products
this year before awarding Panoptix LiveScope with the exclusive NMEA
Technology Award honor. LiveScope, which was also recently named “Best
of Show” at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades
(ICAST), is the first and only live scanning sonar for recreational
fishing that gives anglers higher resolution and easier-to-interpret
images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around the boat
than ever before.

“LiveScope is the first and only live, real-time recreational scanning
sonar,” the NMEA Technology Award judges said. “The transducer has two
modes—straight down and forward looking. LiveScope is an innovative
system that combines scanning sonar and live sonar to deliver
easy-to-interpret real-time images of bottom structure, bait and fish to
200 feet below or around the boat even when the boat is stationary. When
the boat is moving it continuously adjusts the sonar beams to compensate
for motion.”

Garmin also won the MFD category for the third year in a row for its GPSMAP

, a 24-inch all-in-one touchscreen chartplotter that boasts the
highest screen resolution on the market. The GPSMAP 8624 comes preloaded
with both BlueChart® g2 coastal and LakeVü HD inland maps,
and is fully network compatible for support of radar, autopilot,
instruments, multiple screens, sensors, remote sonar modules, digital
switching, thermal cameras and more.

For six years running, Garmin received the top spot in the autopilot
category, this year for its GHP Reactor
Hydraulic Autopilot with SmartPump
. The GHP Reactor was Garmin’s
first recreational autopilot system to utilize AHRS technology and
boasts the usability, installation flexibility, and many other features
that prove to be valuable for any vessel.

FUSION®, a Garmin brand, also received consecutive honors
with a win in the multimedia entertainment category for the third year
for its Apollo RA770 marine entertainment system, the world’s
first touchscreen marine stereo with Apple AirPlay® and built-in Wi-Fi.

Finally, Garmin’s ActiveCaptain™ was honored in the mobile
application—utility category. ActiveCaptain is a free all-in-one mobile
app for mariners that delivers a seamless content management system with
access to cartography, automatic delivery of the latest software
available, off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and so
much more.

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 and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

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 upon 2017 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, BlueChart and
Fusion are registered trademarks and Panoptix LiveScope, GHP Reactor and
ActiveCaptain are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Garmin International, Inc.Carly Hysell913-397-8200 [email protected]