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PANASONIC UNVEILS SECOND-GENERATION GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM RECEIVER

 CHICAGO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today unveiled a second- generation handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, model KX-G5700, at the International Marine Trades Exhibit and Conference (IMTEC) Show at McCormick Place. Among its many features are a large, graphic LCD readout, memory card capability for navigating popular waterways, a built-in electronic compass and three-dimensional cross- track error display.
 The Global Positioning System uses 24 orbiting Defense Department satellites to provide a position fix anywhere in the world. The KX-G5700 receives data from up to five satellites simultaneously, and uses the three strongest signals to calculate latitude and longitude, and a fourth signal to determine altitude. Since the GPS receiver can use this information to determine bearing and range to any other preselected location, it makes a highly accurate navigational aid. While the KX-G5700 is accurate within 100 meters (95 percent of the time), its Differential GPS capability closes that radius to 15 meters in areas serviced by Coast Guard DGPS beacons.
 The KX-G5700 can store up to 256 waypoints, or locations, in memory, and names of up to eight characters can be assigned to each. Up to 10 complete routes of 10 waypoints each can also be stored with names. A route reversal function helps boaters effortlessly navigate the return trip as well.
 The most prominent feature of the KX-G5700 is its large, backlit LCD. The advanced display provides a graphic illustration of the navigation route, with all waypoints represented by their eight- character designation.
 Its many navigational features include bearing and range between any two waypoints, estimated time of arrival, estimated time en route, speed over ground and course of ground. The receiver even provides three- dimensional cross tracking error, which indicates when the user has strayed off course, along with the distance and direction required to return to the original route. With the built-in compass, the user will be able to tell instantly what direction from north is required to correct course.
 To aid in navigating, the KX-G5700 can accept the commercially available Navionics(TM) cards. These cards, about the size of a credit card, contain digitized charts and are available for virtually every waterway in the world. Charts can be zoomed in or out, and waypoints and routes can be plotted over the charts for unmatched accuracy and ease in navigation.
 With its simple LCD menu, the KX-G5700 can practically be operated right out of the box, even by novices. In each mode, all important data are listed beneath the LCD map, and can be selected with the up/down and left/right cursor buttons.
 Since it provides altitude as well as latitude and longitude, the GPS receiver is particularly useful to hikers, campers, mountain climbers, mountain bikers, and pilots of aircraft of any size. Land- based users will also benefit from the receiver's Universal Transverse Mercator compatibility.
 The KX-G5700, which fits comfortably in a shirt pocket, operates on an included, rechargeable Ni-MH battery, or on five AA-size alkalines (not included). A non-volatile five-year lithium battery backup ensures that programming will not be lost, even while the main batteries are being charged.
 Optional accessories include an external antenna, NMEA 0183 interface unit and a swivel-mount bracket.
 The KX-G5700 will be available in January 1994. Suggested retail price has not yet been determined.
 -0- 9/9/93
 /CONTACT: William Pritchard, 201-348-7182, Mark Johnson, 201-348-7130, or Gary Frisch, 201-392-4571, all for Panasonic/


CO: Panasonic ST: New Jersey; Illinois IN: CPR SU: PDT

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