Clarion Launches EZDrive It's New Portable Navigation Device

Mon Jan 7, 2008 12:02pm EST

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CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America's
next generation portable navigation device, EZDrive is as easy-to-use as the
name implies.  Clarion's EZD580 is has a 4.3 inch touch-panel screen, built-in
rechargeable battery and intuitive operational control.
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    Clarion's EZDrive is the ultimate navigation unit.  With simple
destination input, turn-by-turn voice prompts, text-to-speech operation and
selectable route guidance this unit is all about convenience.  It even has
instant recall of previous destinations and includes an astounding 12 million
points of interest in its database.
    Clarion's EZD580 portable navigation device incorporates the latest
innovative technologies, including 2GB NAND RAM Flash Memory, built-in 64MB
RAM with built-in Bluetooth audio streaming, remote control, hands-free and
headset profiles (A2DP/ AVRCP/ HSP/ HFP) and SiRF Star III GPS antenna.
    The EZD580 is an invaluable tool for navigating anywhere throughout the
USA and Canada.  It offers many capabilities such as RDS-TMC Ready (via NAVRDS
accessory), SD/SDHC MMC card interface from cards up to 4GB, allows MP3/ WMA
music playback and picture viewer/ slide show.
    "We are very excited to offer such an advanced portable navigation system.
This year we doubled the memory size, added 4 times the POI's, feature text-
to-speech and Bluetooth audio streaming and remote control profiles," states
Bronson Peng, Clarion's Product Planning Manager.  Peng explains, "It is
small, easy-to-use and now includes 12 million points of interest.  The
EZDrive will get you anywhere you want to go."
    The Clarion EZDrive (EZD580) portable navigation device will launch in
Spring 2008.
    Product features of the Clarion EZDrive EZD580 include:
    EZD580 Portable Navigation    (M.S.R.P. $399.99)
     * 4.3" Touch Panel Control
     * 2GB NAND RAM Flash Memory
     * Built-In 64MB RAM
     * 12 Million P.O.I.
     * Text To Speech (TTS) Operation
     * Turn-By-Turn Voice Prompts
     * RDS/TMC Ready (via NAVRDS accessory)
     * Maps of USA and Canada
     * Built-In Bluetooth Multiple Profiles (A2DP/ AVRCP/ HSP/HFP)
     * SD/SDHC/ MMC Card Interface
     * MP3/WMA Music Playback
     * Picture Viewer/ Slide show
     * Built-In Speaker and Microphone
     * Lithium Rechargeable Battery
     * Built-In SiRF Star III GPS ant.
     * Mini USB 2.0 Interface
     * Window Mount, Dash Mount Disc and Retractable Stylus Pen Included

    About Clarion:
    Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a
subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Co. Ltd., which joined the Hitachi-group
companies as a consolidated subsidiary in 2006.  Clarion Corporation of
America ranks among the top 150 North American OEM Suppliers and is recognized
by an independent research firm for the highest customer satisfaction for 6CD
radios in new vehicle's sold in the U.S.  Clarion, an international leader in
mobile electronics since 1940, conducts research, development, engineering,
design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment,
navigation, rear vision, communications and security products for the
automotive, marine and recreational vehicle environments.  Clarion has over
10,000 employees worldwide and 12 factories in 10 countries, with marketing
and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Clarion is located on the Web at
SOURCE  Clarion Corporation of America

Kevin Kuenzie of Clarion Corporation of America, +1-310-217-4392,
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