Touchscreen multifunction displays for boats continue to grow in processing power, networking capabilities, advanced features and size. One of the originators in this field is Furuno, with its NavNet TZtouch. Now the company has brought forth the next generation of this vaunted system.
Furuno has introduced the third generation of NavNet MFDs—the TZtouch3 series, available in a 12-inch hybrid with IPS multitouchscreen, and Furuno’s RotoKey and dedicated buttons (TZT12F), and 16- and 19-inch glass IPS touch displays (TZT16F and TZT19F, respectively).
Each model features a quad-core processor with Furuno’s edge-swipe feature and a built-in dual-channel 1 kW TruEcho Chirp fish finder, as well as a 50/200 kHz fish finder. To boost fish-finder output, the new MFDs can network with Furuno’s new Deep Impact DI-FFAMP amplifier, an add-on option that increases power to 2 or even 3 kW.
Furuno has debuted a significant first with the TZtouch3 series. Theft of marine electronics—particularly high-priced MFDs—has become an increasingly prevalent issue, especially in Florida and other coastal areas along the I-95 corridor. To help stem the problem, Furuno has become the first major marine electronics brand to incorporate a security-code feature to unlock and start up an MFD.
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Not unlike pin codes used to unlock mobile phones, this feature is designed so that thieves will find it near impossible to activate the ill-gotten equipment without the TZtouch3 four-digit passcode, thus making the equipment nearly worthless on the black market and, as a result, less likely to be stolen. It also helps guard data such as secret fishing waypoints.
The new displays are designed to accept C-Map, CMOR and Navionics cartography for use in the TZtouch3 chart plotter. Pricing has not been set. To learn more, visit furunousa.com.