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Raymarine 'Re-Loads' the E-Series with 3D and High Definition (HD) Digital Features
Feb 14, 2008 (08:02 AM EST)


MERRIMACK, N.H. and MIAMI, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami International Boat Show -- Raymarine, Inc., a world leader in marine electronics, today introduced the latest software upgrade for its highly-popular E-Series Multifunction Navigation System. Offering new features and capabilities, Raymarine E-Series v4 provides current E-Series display owners with access to 3D chartplotting, HD Digital technology, Sirius Satellite Radio and more.

"Our customers demand the best technology the marine industry has to offer, and we're committed to giving it to them," said Dave Bimschleger, president of Raymarine, Inc. "With these additional capabilities, owners of our popular E-Series can now get more from their navigation display than they ever imagined, allowing them to more fully enjoy their time on the water."

The E-Series Navigation System is available with two sizes of ultra-bright sunlight viewable displays: the 8.4" E80 and the 12.1" E120. New features offered with E-Series v4 include:

Enhanced Chartplotting

The re-loaded E-Series offers new chartplotter capabilities including animated tide and current graphics, user-enabled radar style range rings, improved heading and course vectors display options and improved distance track intervals. In addition, the E-Series 3D chartplotter includes a new 3D "depth plane" control that graphically highlights user-selected depth values, enabling captains to visualize the depth plane contour through shades of color.

Platinum Plus Compatibility

The expanded cartography capabilities include support for 2007 Gold Plus and Platinum Plus cartography and a softkey to select standard Navigation charts or Fish'n'Chip charts. Platinum Plus charts offer boaters a number of benefits including higher resolution aerial photo charts, improved panoramic port photos and smoother 3D rendering. In addition, coastal pilotbook data is now linked to every port icon.

HD and Super HD Digital Radar

With the software upgrade, E-Series owners can now take advantage of Raymarine's ground-breaking HD Digital radar and exclusive Super HD Digital Radar technology using Raymarine's SeaTalk(hs) network. Raymarine's HD Digital technology brings radar users the power of digital signal processing with a truly adaptive transmitter and receiver that automatically adjust to changing environmental and sea conditions. E-Series v4 and Raymarine Digital Radars feature Dual Range mode, enabling the captain to view both long and short radar ranges simultaneously. HD Digital Radar features also include user-selectable color palettes and Auto Gain Modes with four presets (Buoy, Harbor, Coastal and Offshore). E-Series v4 and Raymarine Super HD Digital radar scanners deliver twice the performance of conventional radar systems of the same power and size through advanced Super HD Digital signal processing, which reduces the effective antenna beam width, enabling increased resolution and performance.

HD Digital Fishfinder

The re-loaded E-Series is also compatible with Raymarine's DSM400 HD Digital Sounder Module, the ultimate weapon in the hunt for fish. The DSM400 is armed with four independent digital sonar transceivers supporting simultaneous multi-frequency operation. Transmitting with up to three kilowatts of power on 28, 38, 50 kHz and two kilowatts on 200 kHz, the module takes Raymarine's patented HD Digital technology to a new level. Raymarine offers a wide range of professional grade transducers for maximum performance and a new softkey interface with four preset screen modes for quick access to each frequency.

Sirius Satellite Radio Service

Raymarine's SR100 Sirius Satellite Receiver for E-Series now allows boaters to tune into Sirius Radio channels directly through the E-Series display. In addition to accessing animated weather forecasts from Sirius' Marine Weather Service, E-Series owners can also enjoy over 130 channels of original satellite radio programming, including commercial free music, sports, news, talk and more.

New Data Displays

With the new E-Series v4 display, graphical trim tabs and engine tilt are available, along with a graphical compass steering bar option.

SeaTalk Autopilot Integration

E-Series v4 allows owners of Raymarine SeaTalk compatible autopilots to integrate their autopilot with their navigation system. New features include the ability to put the autopilot in auto or standby mode and an option to both engage and disengage autopilot waypoint tracking directly from the E-Series display.

The E-Series v4 upgrade is free for all current E-Series owners via a quick and easy download from raymarine.com to a blank CompactFlash card. To learn more about the Re-loaded Raymarine E-Series and download the upgrade please visit: http://www.raymarine.com/support/ .

About Raymarine

Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine product lines include radar, navigation aids, instruments, fishfinders, communications, software and systems. Raymarine plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information about Raymarine in the USA call 1-603-881-5200 or visit www.raymarine.com .

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