News has leaked about an upgrade to the Garmin Etrex family coming later this fall, including a new ‘high sensitivity’ receiver – it’s unclear whether this will be a SiRFstar III chip or something else. Due to its compact size and mapping and navigation capabilities, the Etrex units have been quite popular for hiking and biking (easy to mount on a handlebar). Their crappy sensitivity though has always been problematic – it seems that this is about to change, and that would make them pretty great GPS units for mountain biking.
As pointed out in the GPS Tracklog blog, one of the things advertised in a (leaked) Canadian GPS catalog (see image below) is Galileo compatibility (by means of a chip module that can be added later), which shouldn’t get you too excited as the earliest Galileo is now projected to be functional is 2012…
(Galileo is the GPS project of the European Union)
Below: the new Vista ‘HCx’ (in Canadian dollars…)