New and Notable Product Design 28027

April 18, 2005

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New and Notable Product Design


Lowrance LCX-26C HD ( This system is invaluable when something fishy is happening. The built-in dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) or single-frequency (200 kHz) transducer operates at 8,000W peak-to-peak (1,000W RMS) power and has a depth range to 3,000 ft (915m) at 50 kHz. Standard sonar features include Advanced Signal Processing, Advanced Fish Symbol I.D., FishTrack, multi-zoom options, sonar alarms, and backup memory. An adjustable ping speed automatically engages a fish target locator at higher boat speeds. For GPS mapping, the preloaded 20 Gbytes hard drive has electronic charts of U.S. coastal areas, including Hawaii and Alaska, plus the Great Lakes, and more than 2,100 U.S. inland bodies of water.


Garmin Forerunner 301 ( Built for the active pedestrian, the Forerunner has an embedded GPS sensor to provide basic navigation capabilities and a digital coded heart rate monitor. Engineers designed training center software, a powerful PC-based application, into the unit. For training purposes, the unit displays training time, pace, distance, lap pace, lap time, lap distance, average and best pace, elevation, and calories. The 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks using up to 12 satellites to measure speed and distance. The electronic map indicates the user's location, along with marked locations. A pointer arrow provides directions back to the start or to a stored location.


Lowrance iFINDER PhD ( This GPS handheld player is enhanced with the Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Lowrance engineers added the capability of WAAS ground reference stations to improve GPS accuracy and correct for ionospheric delays and individual satellite clock drift. In addition to recording and playing GPS trip details, the system includes an MMC/SD digital media memory card slot for higher-detailed mapping and MP3 or Ogg Vorbis compressed audio format music. The unit has a microphone feature for recording voice notes and stereo headphones and includes an electronic compass and barometric altimeter. It uses dual processors for higher-speed screen updates and scrolling.


Garmin iQue M5 ( Take handheld computing to the next level with integrated GPS. Pressing the antenna release switch simultaneously powers up the unit, acquires satellites, and defaults to its QueMap interface. The iQue M5 has a built-in basemap showing major highways, thoroughfares, railways, lakes, rivers, and borders. It has acquisition times of approximately 15 sec when it is warm and approximately 45 sec if it is cold. The GPS unit provides position accuracy of less than 15m, 95 percent typical that improves to within 3m, 95 percent typical with differential GPS, or DGPS (WAAS). The unit has networking capabilities with Bluetooth, IrDA, SDIO, and USB.

Delphi Mobile Navigation ( Activate the GPS in this navigation unit from the touch screen's alphanumeric keyboard to obtain visual and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. Delphi engineers combined an onboard computer, DVD map database, and sensors for GPS satellites to identify the vehicle's location. The unit has a 3.8-inch diagonal screen with 320 × 240 pixel resolution and weighs only 12.25 oz in its magnesium alloy case. Its performance comes from a 200 MHz Intel Xscale microprocessor. Onboard map data memory storage is 64 Mbyte. The unit provides GPS accuracy within 5m of 95 percent. The normal time to GPS fix from a cold start is 2 min and from hot start is 15 sec.

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