Simrad Yachting describes its newly
introduced Simrad IS40 instrument and OP10 autopilot control range as a next-generation
instrument and autopilot solution.
Simrad says the IS40, designed for power boaters
and sailors alike, is a single, fully customizable, “do-it-all” display that
offers quick access to wind, depth, speed, and autopilot information. The
optional OP10 Autopilot Controller connects to the IS40 and provides full
Simrad says the IS40 is easy to install as a stand-alone
instrument or as part of an integrated system, and is designed to deliver
low-power, high-quality, easy-to-use navigational capabilities.
Featuring a durable design, the IS40 has a 4.1-inch,
quarter-VGA, sunlight-viewable, LED-backlit display with 320 x 240-pixel
resolution for clear and easy viewing, Simrad says. The instrument’s
bonded-glass construction ensures zero condensation and excellent visibility in
all weather and lighting conditions — even at extreme viewing angles, the
The color instrument display features a
simple-to-navigate menu structure, is controlled by three easy-access “up,” “down,”
and “enter” buttons, and a dedicated “page” key for quick data selection. The IS40
also can be linked with an autopilot, allowing boaters to easily switch from
manual steering to auto, Simrad says. Its Micro-C backbone offers dual
male/female connectors that support both daisy chain and “T” connection .
The optional Simrad OP10 Pilot Controller interfaces
with the IS40 to offer boaters convenient remote access of pilot-steering
functions. Featuring large clear keys, straightforward operation and
backlighting for night use, the pilot control’s interface employs single-mode
toggle and includes a prominent “off” key for returning the pilot to standby,
The controller is connected through a single
Micro-C connection on the back of the device and sports a unique clip mount for
easy installation. It is compatible with the Simrad AP24 and AP28, and it can
be networked with the NSS, NSE or NSO multifunction display for remote
autopilot operation. When integrated with a Simrad Yachting navigational
system, pilot information and control can be accessed and operated from either
solution. The OP10 also supports autopilot control for Volvo IPS drives.
IS40 and OP10 push the boundaries of design innovation to improve the
on-the-water experience,” said Louis Chemi, COO of Navico Americas, Simrad’s parent company,
in a Simrad press release. “Whether boaters travel by wind or motor, the new
Simrad Yachting instrument and autopilot controller offer unparalleled
monitoring, operation and seamless system integration that work in tandem with
our best-in-class chartplotters.”
Supporting both Micro-C and Simnet backbones, the
Simrad IS40 interfaces with Simrad Yachting and B&G wind, speed, depth and heading
sensors, as well as data sources from other manufacturers. Measuring 4.6-inches
(118 mm) in width and height by .65-inches (16 mm) in depth, the IS40 requires
.75-inches (20 mm) of depth behind the mounting plane. Designed for 12V DC
environments, the IS40 draws between 50 and 150mA of power.
The OP10 Pilot Controller measures 2.3-inches (60
mm) wide by 4.5-inches (115 mm) high by .65-inches (16 mm) deep, requires .55-inches
(14 mm) of depth behind the mounting plane, and draws only 50mA of power.
The Simrad IS40 Display and Pilot Controller both
operate within a temperature range of +5 to +131 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 to +55
degrees Celsius), are waterproof to the IPX7 standard, and are both protected
by a two-year parts and labor warranty.
The new Simrad IS40 instrument and optional OP10
remote have suggested retail prices of U.S. $599 and $299, respectively and
will be available in October 2012 from authorized Simrad Yachting dealers and
distributors throughout the United States and Canada.