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jimh posted 03-23-2008 09:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
There is a growing trend in marine electronics to use standard computer hardware instead of specialized dedicated marine instrumentation. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology has advanced to produce devices which are easily read even in strong daylight. Below is a short list of some vendors offering devices which have been adapted for marine use.

Marine use adaptation consists (at a minimum) of providing powering for the device from a 12-Vdc source, providing some protection against water intrusion (in varying degrees), and providing a front panel dimmer control to rapidly adjust the brightness of the display to suit the lighting conditions at the helm. The latter is important for ease of adjustment between day and night lighting conditions.

HATTELAND DISPLAY
http://www.hatteland-display.com/
This Norwegian supplier seems more oriented toward larger vessels with enclosed helm areas.

BIG BAY TECHNOLOGIES
http://bigbaytech.com/
This Pacific Northwest company says their products are used on U.S. Navy submarines.

IXSUNS
http://www.ixsuns.com/
A French company with unusual display technology.

ARGONAUT COMPUTER
http://www.argonautcomputer.com/
The TFLEX-G615 looks interesting and sells for $995 MSRP.
http://www.argonautcomputer.com/tflex-G6-sunlight-readable-monitor.php

If there are other vendors and other display, please append them to this article. The list above is by no means all inclusive.

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