Sim­rad NSO evo3


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be used for key­board, mouse, and mass-stor­age con­nec­tions, ac­cord­ing to Sim­rad, and ob­vi­ously en­able fu­ture fea­tures and func­tions. At this time, the new NSOs are the only high-end MFDs with­out the abil­ity to sup­port IP cam­eras, though Sim­rad says that’s com­ing.

HDMI in­put means the NSO evo3 units can dis­play con­tent from an en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem or PC, and Sim­rad says it’s work­ing on a way to send touch in­put from the NSO evo3 to a con­nected PC—an­other use for a USB port. New with the evo3 gen­er­a­tion of prod­ucts is a J1939 in­put. Sim­rad joins Garmin’s 8400/8600 line in al­low­ing en­gine data to be in­te­grated for com­pat­i­ble J1939 en­gines with­out the need for a J1939 to NMEA 2000 gate­way.

The new NSOs also fea­ture WheelKey, which was first in­tro­duced on the NSS evo3. If there’s a Sim­rad au­topi­lot con­nected to the sys­tem, this key will bring up its con­trols by de­fault. Al­ter­na­tively, WheelKey can be set for two cus­tom ac­tions, one for a short press and an­other for a long hold. An­other in­ter­est­ing de­tail you can find in the NSO evo3 oper­a­tor man­ual is a ta­ble that shows all the key­board short­cuts avail­able when one is con­nected via USB. It’s easy to see the value of be­ing able to in­stantly pull up a screen or type a way­point name, if your helm can ac­co­mo­date a full key­board. Creat­ing a route with a few clicks of a mouse is an­other at­trac­tive pos­si­bil­ity.

The NSO evo3 dis­plays will run the same HEROiC OS we’ve seen on the NSS evo3, but with the added fea­ture of up to six win­dows on a sin­gle screen. (That’s also pos­si­ble on Garmin’s 8400 and 8600 MFDs.) Be­cause there are 16-inch units in the NSS and NSO evo3 se­ries, I asked Sim­rad about the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two lines. The com­pany says the NSO evo3 has higher spec pro­ces­sors and more I/O op­tions, and the se­ries will most likely be in­stalled on larger boats with larger net­works of re­lated com­po­nents, such as black box sonars, mul­ti­ple radars, and so forth.

At the time of this writ­ing, Sim­rad had hopes to be­gin ship­ping the NSO16 ($6,999) in late Jan­uary or early Fe­bru­ary, with the 19- and 24-inch mod­els ship­ping in March. GPS re­ceivers (and sonar pro­cess­ing) aren’t built into these MFDs, but op­tional kits in­clude the GPS, a panel-mount card reader, NMEA 2000 starter kit, and an OP50 re­mote con­trol along with the MFD.

In­ci­den­tally, Sim­rad is more forth­com­ing with de­tails about the NSO evo3 pro­ces­sor—an iMX6 quad-core—than I’ve ever known a marine elec­tron­ics com­pany to be. Is this sim­ply a re-

NSO evo3 can run six dis­plays on the MFD.

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