There hasn't been a lot of activity in the portable GPS game, of
late... but that is about to change. Garmin has just introduced the
GPSMAP 296, a portable aviation device that delivers topographic
mapping and terrain advisory alerting in brilliant color. Thanks to
its 256-color, high-resolution (480x320-pixels) TFT transflective
display, the GPSMAP 296 makes it easy for pilots to view and
interpret navigation data in most lighting conditions.
Details Are sketchy, but a number of media reports have
confirmed that French telecommunications and defence equipment firm
Sagem Avionics, Inc., has acquired ARNAV Systems.
A Reuters report quotes Sagem Finance Director Herve Philippe
saying that the transaction required "in the order of several
million dollars" and was a cash (versus stock) deal as a result of
the Chapter 11 status of ARNAV.