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Dual Electronics Ships Companys First Portable Navigation System


HEATHROW, FL, April 26, 2005 — Dual Electronics today announced it is shipping the NavAtlasTM XNAV3500P Portable Navigation System, designed to be used either as a handheld or in-car unit, thanks to a convenient, easy-on/easy-off mount system that allows the user to move it from one vehicle to another.

Dual Electronics’ XNAV3500P features pre-loaded GPS navigation software directed by NAVIGON, and NAVTEQTM maps covering the continental U.S. with 2,000,000 points of interest. Maps are pre-loaded on a 1GB SD storage card. (The system will play MP3 and AVI files stored on SD cards as well.) A backup DVD with all maps and software is included at no extra charge.

“The days of fumbling with mapping software stored on CD’s and DVD’s are over, and not a moment too soon,” said Robb Groner, Director of Product Development, Dual Electronics, a division of Namsung America, Inc. “The technology behind mapping software has finally advanced to the point that we can fit the entire country on a tiny, 1GB flash card, which is how we were able to make the XNAV3500P such a small but powerful performer.”

As this is a self-contained navigation system, the XNAV3500P is operated through touch-screen controls, with audio played through an internal speaker, or, in vehicles, via line output. The entire unit measures 3.25″ [H] x 5.13″ [W] x 3.25″ [D] and weighs 8.0 ozs.

NAVIGON Partnership

Dual Electronics’ NavAtlas XNAV3500P is based on NAVIGON’s award-winning GPS navigation software, MobileNavigator. The unit is shipped pre-loaded with maps for the continental U.S., and offers individualized navigation options for car and pedestrian navigation. NAVIGON, a market leader in GPS navigation software, offers the industry’s highest compression rate of map data, requiring less than 1GB for all of North America.

The NavAtlas software, directed by NAVIGON, provides high quality voice guidance, allowing users to safely reach their destinations with the aid of spoken, turn-by-turn directions, offering nearby search of restaurants, lodging, entertainment, ATM’s, and other points of interest, all while guiding drivers to their destinations.

Walk This Way

Unlike drivers, pedestrians and joggers sometimes have the luxury of choosing the shortest, most direct route between two points. For this group, Dual’s NavAtlas XNAV3500P features a unique “pedestrian mode” that provides the shortest possible distance to walk, with an option to customize the path to choose the best conduit after parking a car.

Dual Electronics’ XNAV3500P portable GPS system includes numerous special features, including:

– Pre-installed maps of the continental U.S.
– Turn-by-turn directions
– Standard and extended user modes
– Route planning with unlimited stopovers
– Map view with nine zoom levels
– Base-Name-Street search
– Route recalculation software that automatically re-routes the directions after a missed turn, road work, or heavy traffic
– Virtual phone-based keyboard
– Bi-color LED lights on the left and right sides that blink to indicate an upcoming turn
– Built-in multimedia player

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Dual Electronics’ XNAV3500P portable GPS navigation system is shipping as of this month at a suggested retail price of $999.

About Dual

Dual Electronics, a subsidiary of Namsung America, Inc., is based in Heathrow, FL. Managed by Jim Braun, President and CEO; Clyde Podraza, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales; and Matt Vinson, Senior Vice President of Product Planning and Procurement, Dual offers a wide selection of mobile electronics, marine electronics, and home audio loudspeakers, and will soon market an extensive line of consumer televisions and DVD+R recorders. For further information, visit the company’s web site,, or contact Adam Sohmer, SOHMER ASSOCIATES, 718-499-9161 (voice/fax), 347-512-0066 (cell),


Established in March, 2004, NAVIGON, the U.S. subsidiary of NAVIGON GmbH, a market leader in GPS navigation systems, provides navigation systems for corporate, mobile, and automobile use. NAVIGON GmbH developed the world’s first dynamic GPS navigation system eight years ago and has been expanding internationally since the end of 2003, opening markets in twelve European countries. For more information on NAVIGON, visit or contact Jessica Roeber, Bell Pottinger USA, 617-210-4755,

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