WIDE-BEAM CHIRP TRANSDUCERS
Simrad Professional is offering two new International
Maritime Organization (IMO) type-approved global navigation systems, the Simrad MX610 and MX612. Providing professional performance and easy operation, the devices are
built to withstand the harshest of commercial marine environments. Designed to aid professional mariners in reliable
and safe navigation, the Simrad MX610 and MX612 feature
a convenient and intuitive user-interface and expanded networking options.
With a low-profile bezel and a new sleek, modern
design aesthetic, the MX610 and MX612 are system-matched to the recently introduced Simrad AP60, AP70 and
AP80 autopilots. The units’ 5 inch, color TFT, bonded LCD display ensures clear, bright, fog-proof operation and offers
wide-angle viewing. Convenient menu operation and hot
keys provide quick and direct access to essential navigation
information, including position and navigation data, plus the
added functionality of heading and AIS data when an appropriate GPS compass or AIS unit is connected on the NMEA
2000® network. A dedicated Man Over Board (MOB) key
offers quick waypoint marking, and calculation of range and
bearing for rescue. The units also have an external alarm
and MOB switch connection.
The Simrad MX610 and MX612 navigation systems are
equipped with an intuitive data interface that allows for connectivity using NMEA 2000 or SimNet. Offering simple and
seamless setup and connection to other compatible devices,
operators can also create a multi-port NMEA 0183 interface
using the smart junction box, available for each model, that
provides easy plug-and-play connectivity to NMEA devices
such as ECDIS, AIS, gyro and other navigation information
systems. The MX610 model controls four independent NMEA
0183 serial ports, while the MX612 controls 12 ports. Both
units’ USB ports allow operators to save and restore navigation data and complete software updates with a USB flash
Airmar Technology Corp. is
adding to its CHIRP broadband
transducer models with the
introduction of new wide-beam
product line offering an
range of 150 kHz to 250 kHz.
In addition to expanded
bandwidth, anglers using the
new wide-beam transducers
will achieve more than twice
the coverage under the boat compared to Airmar’s current high-frequency CHIRP transducers. All 275LH-W series models will
provide a low-frequency option along with the new high-frequency range.
A unique property of the new wide-beam transducers is that the beam width is a constant 25 degrees across the entire frequency band. Traditionally, high-frequency transducers have narrow beam widths that change with frequency. Now, in addition
to providing vast bottom coverage and improved fish detection in the upper water column, Airmar’s new wide-beam format
enables echosounders with advanced digital processing to produce crisper and larger return images on the fishfinder display.
The new wide beam transducers are ideal for marking bait and game fish in shallow- to mid-water depths of 300-600 feet.
Since the company’s launch of CHIRP broadband transducers less than two years ago, most major marine electronics manufacturers have incorporated CHIRP technology into their fishfinder product lines. In addition to providing the enabling technology for CHIRP-ready fishfinders, Airmar’s CHIRP broadband transducers enhance fish detection on virtually all of today’s
fishfinders, including many non-CHIRP machines. With the ability to adjust frequency, an echosounder with advanced digital
processing can operate Airmar’s broadband ceramics anywhere in the entire frequency band of 28 kHz–250 kHz.
Airmar’s new wide-beam CHIRP broadband transducers will be available in several mounting options to accommodate transom, pocket, tank, in-hull and thru-hull installations.
MARINE STEREO BUNDLES BLUETOOTH ADD-ON MODULE
FUSION announced that its 600 Series stereos will come bundled with the innovative MS-BT100 Bluetooth add-on
module. Offering boaters the added functionality to stream audio via Bluetooth with mobile device control, all FUSION
MS-IP600 iPod and MS-AV600 CD/DVD entertainment systems sold in 2014 will feature a BT100 module at no additional cost to the consumer. Enhancing the FUSION’s award-winning stereo lineup with the ability to interface with many
A2DP Bluetooth-capable devices, boaters can now enjoy even more flexible, powerful on-the-water entertainment at a
The 600 Series incorporates a simple, intuitive user-interface designed for use while underway. Each stereo is SIRIUS DC satellite radio-ready and includes an AM/FM tuner. Providing a scalable solution for any size boat, the systems
supply up to three true audio channels with an incredible 70 watts of output power per zone by harnessing the added
efficiency of the built-in Class-D amplifier componentry. User-definable preference settings allow volume and sound
quality to be controlled independently zone-by-zone, or all zones to be controlled in relation to one another. The BT100
connects directly to the rear of FUSION stereos
using existing auxiliary ports. Bluetooth music
selection is controlled using the paired mobile
device via the A2DP protocol.