NMEA 2000 TechnologyAuthor: Captain Mike Gerry | Posted: 12/03/2011
As the electronic gadgetry continues to improve on our boats and we continue to upgrade our electronics there needed to be an installation standard and format so we could easily add technology to our network. Hence the National Marine Electronics Association founded in the year 2000 became the NMEA 2000 standard, this marine network is based on CAN technology, Controller Area Network, which gave technology needed bandwidth to expand our networks we are using today in our bass boats. This technology was based on the same technology Bosch developed for the automotive network many years ago. The purpose was 2 fold: 1. Allow easy add on installation for all electronic devices from radio to speedometer to instrumentation powered thru one connection 2. Reduce weight for fuel efficiency in automobiles by eliminating wiring needed to continue to expand our technology base.
Along with this development NMEA 2000 created an industry standard connector that allows all of our electronics to connect to our units from one manufacturer to another, hence allowing you to connect to any of the manufacturer from Lowrance to Garmin to Hummingbird without changing connectors. This in turn has allowed the expansion of many of the electronic gadgetry we are using today on our bass boats from temperature props to engine read outs and the networking of our GPS units on your boat. It has also been the reason we are seeing manufacturers like Lowrance really expand the ability of their depth finder technology to what it is today and what it will be tomorrow thru a series of T's now known as the NMEA 2000 backbone.
This series of T's has enormous expansion capability regardless of the size boat of your boat, whether it's a 20 ft. bass boat or 110 ft. cruiser you can expand the NMEA back bone to 50 nodes or T's stretching 200 ft. with drop lengths of 19 ft. per device; all powered by one connection. Hence delivering technology capability to just about anywhere you need it on your boat thru one common hook up connection the NMEA backbone.
If you think we have an enormous amount of technology today for our boats, as NMEA 2000 grows, what you have today is just the beginning of what it will be in the future.
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