SOURCE: Averatec, Inc.

November 14, 2006 09:02 ET

Averatec Combines Entertainment With New Voya 320 Handheld GPS Device

SANTA ANA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- Averatec has now made it easier than ever for travelers to find their destination or enjoy entertainment with the introduction of the Voya 320 personal navigation and entertainment system. Extending its family of GPS solutions, the Voya 320 is a feature-rich, personal handheld GPS device that is simple to use, ultra portable and highly affordable.

Breaking through the boundaries of the standard GPS device, the Voya 320 offers users a host of multimedia capabilities when switched out of GPS mode. The device's integrated USB connection allows customers to easily download music, digital photos and video files from their personal computer and enjoy them wherever they go. The Voya 320 supports multiple media formats, including MP3, MP4, AVI, WMA, WMV and JPEG.

Based on Averatec's successful strategy of providing extended value at a competitive price, the Voya 320's sleek, compact design incorporates a high-performance antenna for increased signal stability. Voice and visual turn prompting, turn-by-turn guidance and an intuitive touch screen interface deliver directions to more than 1.6 million points of interest.

"As Averatec expands its presence in the GPS market, new and innovative features are being added to the products we develop," said Saeed Shahbazi, president of Averatec. "Central to Averatec's mission is delivering added value in our products, and the new Voya 320 product continues our customer-centric focus.

"People today expect their devices to serve multiple roles. The Voya 320 is Averatec's answer to that demand, providing consumers with a portable GPS device coupled with a photo viewer and music and video player that they can take anywhere."

The slim, lightweight Voya 320 is an ideal solution for all types of mobile users, including personal and business travelers, vacationers, motorcyclists, cyclists, hikers, and taxi and limousine drivers. The Voya 320 automatically computes the best route, based on user preferences, to reach a specific destination. Audible voice prompts enable drivers to safely maintain their eyes on the road.

The automatic route recalculation capability gives motorists suggestions for alternate roads if they take a wrong turn, miss an exit or require a detour around traffic congestion, road closures or accidents. Multi-point routing also enables users to plan complete trips and optimize routes, while the built-in speed alert lets you know when you're going above the legal speed limit.

Based on the latest Microsoft Windows CE operating system and powered by a 300MHz Samsung microprocessor, the black-and-silver Voya 320 features an embedded SiRF III high-performance GPS receiver, combined with an ultra-sensitive, built-in antenna that stows behind the device when viewing photos or playing music or videos. The Averatec Voya 320 features an intuitive, user-friendly interface that is combined with a 3.5-inch LCD touch screen for easy operation and viewing, day or night.

Averatec's Voya 320 also comes pre-loaded with the popular and well-respected NAVTEQ™ street-level map data, and covers the entire U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), eliminating the need for users to download additional data from their PC. The navigation unit features a database of more than 1.6 million points of interest, such as businesses, amusement parks, state and national landmarks, banks, hotels, airports, gas stations, ATMs and restaurants, to help users locate just about anything needed while on the road.

A rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to two hours of continuous operating time, enabling users to take the Voya 320 on cycling or hiking trips. The unit also may be powered or recharged via the included car charger or an optional home charging unit.

The Averatec Voya 320 has an anticipated street price of $299 and is available exclusively at OfficeMax and www.shopaveratec.com.

Since its debut in 2002, Averatec has been successful in the development and marketing of a wide range of highly affordable, full-featured portable computing products. Like all Averatec products, the Voya 320 is backed by a one-year limited warranty. One-year, toll-free technical support is available 24/7.

Voya 320 Specifications

Processor          300MHz Samsung S3C2440A RISC
                   microprocessor
Operating System   Microsoft Windows CE 4.2
System Memory      64MB SDRAM
GPS Chipset        20ch SiRF III high sensitivity chipset
GPS Antenna        Foldable High-performance helical GPS
                   antenna
Display            Wide View 3.5" TFT LCD 320x640
                   resolution with touch screen, 65k colors
Expansion Slot     One SD/MMC slot
External Storage   1GB SD Card pre-loaded with NAVTEQ map
                   software
Audio Output       Built-in speaker, 3.5mm stereo headphone
                   jack
Data Transfer      USB 1.1
Input Method       Touch screen, software keyboard
User Controls      Four function buttons (Power, Menu, Map
                   Zoom +/-)
Dimensions         4.33" W x 3.07" H x 0.83" D
Weight             6.0 ounces
Battery            Rechargeable, removable Li-ion battery,
                   1000 mA
Supported Media    Video: MP4, WMV, AVI, DIVX
Formats            Music: MP3, WMA
                   Photo: JPEG
Supported OS       Windows 98,  ME, 2000 and XP
Power              5V, 1.5A AC home charger and DC 12-24 V
                   car charger
About Averatec

Based in Orange County, California, Averatec, Inc. (www.averatec.com) is a leading provider of innovative mobile computing solutions and is dedicated to delivering the highest quality consumer electronics products backed by superior service. Averatec has been recognized with numerous editorial awards for its high-value product lines. Its products reach all market segments, including corporate, small business, education and home, and are sold through major national retailers and online retail partners, as well as direct through www.shopaveratec.com. For more information about Averatec, please visit www.averatec.com.

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