Garmin has announced the cf Que 1620, a Compact Flash peripheral that adds GPS functionality to Pocket PC devices. This accessory allows Pocket PC users to take advantage of GPS location, mapping, and turn-by-turn navigation features.
The module will include the Que software application with points of interest, electronic mapping, automatic route generation, configurable road/area avoidance, and voice-guided directions. Que is also able to navigate to addresses stored in the Pocket PC Contacts application.
Mapping details include highways, major streets, lakes, coastal waters, and borders for North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. The module also features 64MB of memory, enabling it to store detailed map data from the US and Canada MapSource CD included with the package. Additional MapSource CDs for US fishing lakes, offshore navigation, and others are available for a separate purchase.
“The cf Que is a comprehensive GPS module that offers ample memory and intuitive operation,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “Users don’t need to sacrifice internal memory or their preferred applications to get complete navigation capabilities on their Pocket PC, because all of the map data can be stored on the module.”
The cf Que 1620 measures 2 inches by 1.7 inches by 0.5 inches 5.1 cm by 2.4 cm by 1.3 cm) and weighs 1.5 ounces (14.2 g). Unlike most GPS peripherals for the Pocket PC platform, this device has a flip-up antenna, which can be adjusted to optimize GPS reception — whether the Pocket PC is secured in a vehicle with a PDA mount or carried by hand.
This peripheral draws power from the Pocket PC’s battery, allowing the unit to be used in a car or as a self-contained handheld device.
The complete package includes the cf Que 1620 with flip-up antenna, an in-vehicle PDA mount, a set of MapSource City Select CDs, an installation CD, and a quick reference guide.
This bundle is expected to be available this month and carries a suggested retail price of $267.84. For more information, visit the Garmin web site.
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