OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today
announced the GMR Fantom solid-state pulse compression radar series with
MotionScope™ Doppler technology and 40W of power, the highest in the
industry for its kind. Available in a 4- or 6-foot open array, the
Fantom series uses the Doppler processing 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 provides high resolution while maximizing energy on
targets to enhance detection and identification of targets. Pulse
expansion can then maximize target size to help differentiate real
targets from noise.
Featuring a unique design that’s smaller and lighter than previous
open-array radar models, the new Fantom radars deliver high sensitivity
for both close- and long-range without compromise in ruggedness or
reliability. No warm-up time is needed, so mariners can start tracking
targets instantly. The Fantom series is being announced in conjunction
with the Miami International Boat Show, and will be on display at the
Garmin booth #C480.
“Fantom is the first radar of its kind that allows mariners to see
targets moving instantaneously thanks to MotionScope,” said Dan Bartel,
Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether the targets are
moving toward or away from the radar, Fantom provides instant detection,
highlighting the targets on the radar display so you can navigate around
other boats or severe weather, or toward fishing spots where birds are
feeding at the surface.”
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
The Fantom series offers excellent range performance with close- and
long-range detection from 20 feet to 72 nautical miles. Thanks to the
dual range feature, mariners have the ability to see both close- and
long-range 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
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 simultaneously.
The Fantom series is compatible with the GPSMAP 7400/7600 series, the
GPSMAP 8000/8200 series, and the new GPSMAP 8400/8600 series. Expected
to be available in Q2 2016, the
Fantom 4 has a suggested retail price of $6999.99, and the Fantom 6 is
$7499.99. Learn more at garmin.com/marine2016.
Recently, Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year and received the
honor of being the most recognized company in the marine electronics
field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). 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
information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom,
contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at
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The GMR Fantom has not been authorized as required by the rules of the
Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be,
offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is
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 is a registered trademark and Fantom and MotionScope are
trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service
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Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200