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Mio Technology Goes Wide With Latest GPS Device

~ Mio DigiWalker™ C520 features text-to-speech, wide and split-screen functionality ~

Fremont, California – May 21, 2007 – Mio Technology's DigiWalker™ C520 portable GPS navigation and entertainment device, originally shown at CES 2007, is now available to North American customers.  The widescreen device boasts several "firsts"  for Mio's product lineup, including a large 4.3-inch split-screen display, text-to-speech driving instructions and enhanced Bluetooth® capabilities.

The most striking feature of the C520 is the large 4.3-inch widescreen display, which can be set to either a full-screen map view or a unique split-screen view.  This setting can display additional information about upcoming intersections or provide dynamic lists of approaching point of interest locations as defined by the user.  For example – the C520 can be set to show all upcoming movie theatres, gas stations or Italian restaurants.

"As the form and function of GPS continues to evolve, we feel wide is where it's at" said Kiyoshi Hamai, North American sales director, Mio Technology Ltd.  "Many of our customers are asking for enhanced displays, and we felt we had to go bigger just to fit in all the new features of the C520."

The C520 speaks to the user with more than its visual appeal.  Generic driving instructions like "right-turn in 500 yards" are left in the rear-view mirror with the C520's text-to-speech functionality.  The driver is given clear voice prompts, calling out actual street names in English – such as "right turn onto Main Street" – making it easier than ever to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

Taking full advantage of advances in wireless technology, the C520 offers a wide range of Bluetooth options.  The device pairs with a variety of Bluetooth-compatible cell phones and uses the built-in speaker and microphone to enable hands-free phone calls while driving.  Most Bluetooth stereo headsets are supported for a complete wireless entertainment experience when using the built-in digital video player.  And for the ultimate road trip, the C520 syncs with many Bluetooth-enabled car stereo systems so an entire digital music library can be enjoyed through the car's speaker system.

Mio DigiWalker C520 Product Specifications

GPS Receiver Channels 20 (SiRFstarIII), WAAS Enabled
Memory 2 GB ROM, 64 MB SDRAM
Display 4.3" TFT with Touch Screen and 65k Colors
Storage Format SD/MMC Memory Expansion Module
Battery 1200 mAH Li-ion (up to 5 hours)
USB V1.1
Weight 6.7 oz (190g)
Dimensions 4.96" x 3.19" x 0.78"

Price and Availability

The MSRP for the Mio DigiWalker C520 is $399.95 U.S.  The device is available immediately at Circuit City, as well as other national consumer electronics retailers. 

About Mio Technology Ltd. (MTL)

Mio Technology Ltd. (MTL) operations are worldwide. Foreseeing that the mobile lifestyle and mobile commerce will be mainstays of life in the near future, the company is dedicated to the development of enabling devices. Its main business is the sale of Mio DigiWalker™ - branded mobile communication products, such as smartphones, Pocket PCs and handheld GPS systems. For additional information on MTL and its products, the North American headquarters are located at 47988 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Phone (510) 252-6950 · fax (510) 252-6930 · e-mail at sales@miogps.com. The company is online at http://www.mio-tech.com/.