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ALPINE ANNOUNCES ALL-IN-ONE AUDIO, VIDEO AND NAVIGATION SOLUTION

Back October 28, 2008

New IVA-W203/P1 System Provides All-Inclusive Entertainment and Navigation at Drivers’ Fingertips

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 28, 2008 – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, today introduced a new product that provides a multitude of entertainment options and navigation in one sleek in-dash system. The IVA-W203/P1 audio/video/navigation (AVN) system offers drivers touch-screen control over various digital media sources, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity and navigation.

“The in-car environment has become more complex, with features such as iPod®, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio™, DVD video and navigation becoming the norm,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing, Alpine Electronics. “Alpine’s IVA-W203/P1 delivers a completely integrated, easy-to-use solution to meet this new definition of the driving experience.”

The new IVA-W203/P1 features a 6.5-inch QVGA touch-screen display in a double-DIN size. In addition to playing DVD-R/-RW/MP3/WMA audio and video files, popular digital media sources such as satellite radio, HD Radio with multicasting, iPod and MP3/WMA portable players with MTP protocol can be integrated into and controlled through the IVA-W203/P1. (Separate adapters, tuner boxes and service subscriptions required.)

iPod connectivity for the IVA-W203/P1 is made possible through Alpine’s KCE-422i Full Speed Connection for iPod cable (sold separately), which allows drivers to control their iPod via the IVA-W203/P1’s touch screen. The IVA-W203/P1 shows advanced digital media tag information by displaying artist, album, song and playlist data for easy file navigation. Its innovative Percentage Search feature, which assigns sections of iPod files to the scroll bar at the bottom of the monitor, makes searching for a specific song quick and easy.

The IVA-W203/P1’s navigation features include:

  • Preloaded NAVTEQâ„¢ map data of the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • Four intuitive map viewing options, including 3D mapping, 2D full map, split map and turn-by-turn arrow view.
  • Preloaded unique Points of Interest (POI), including restaurants, hotels and gas stations.
  • Turn-by-turn instructions delivered by Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology, which announces actual street names. Directions may be given in English, Spanish or French.
  • Exclusive Graphical User Interface (GUI for Driversâ„¢) with intuitive screen graphics.

    The IVA-W203/P1’s Bluetooth module provides convenient hands-free phone connectivity when used with a Bluetooth-enabled phone. Users can answer and place phone calls, with the conversation played through the vehicle’s speakers. An external microphone is included to allow for specific placement in the vehicle. Calls can be dialed out using the on-screen 12-key phone dial, and call data such as Dialed Calls, Missed Calls and Received Calls can be displayed on the IVA-W203/P1’s screen. If a POI is chosen from the navigation menu, the user can call the POI directly via the Bluetooth module.

    Pricing and Availability
    The IVA-W203/P1 In-Dash Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) System is available now at authorized Alpine dealers for $1,200 SRI. To find a retailer, visit the Dealer Locator section at www.alpine-usa.com

    About Alpine Electronics
    Alpine Electronics is a global supplier of automotive mobile media solutions including audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and portable device connectivity systems for original equipment and aftermarket applications. Alpine is at the forefront of vehicle entertainment and information system innovation, with many first-to-market technologies such as portable navigation that docks into an in-dash unit, iPod® integration, full-range digital amplification and automated acoustical correction sound systems.

    With manufacturing and R&D facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America, and more than 1,600 global patents, Alpine’s premium sound systems and user-friendly navigation products combine the latest in advanced technology with an enhanced user experience.

    Alpine is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world’s premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. www.alpine-usa.com to learn more about Alpine products or to find an authorized retailer.

    Notice: Product information is based upon current information at the time of writing, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.

    Alpine Media Contact(s):

    Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.
    AlpinePressRoom@alpine-usa.com