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September 21, 2007

Furuno NavNet Integrated Electronics

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Furuno's NavNet promises to be the next step in the future of electronics integration. The system uses an Ethernet-based network to integrate all facets of a boat's electronics. An Ethernet is the system through which many office computers communicate and it allows a large amount of data to travel between pieces of equipment. According to Furuno, the NavNet is easy and intuitive to use, relying on a simple menu structure selected with softkeys and a control knob. All units in the NavNet line rely on a standard control panel, so a user that can run one component in the system will be able to run all of them. The NavNet components include a range of Furuno radar units-ranging from the 7" display with 2.2 kW output to the 10.4" display with 6 kW output. Some of the radars feature "true" color that the manufacturer says indicates target density with different shades of color. The NavNet system has components that work with Navionics and Furuno electronic charts or C-MAP NT cartography. Furuno's NavNet allows the user to add a powerful network sounder and a 12-channel GPS receiver antenna. Users can access the information provided by any component from any display connected to the system. NavNet components start at $300, and NavNet systems start at $2,195. Furuno, Camas, WA; (360) 834-9300; www.furuno.com.