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jimh posted 09-06-2014 10:16 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Evinrude ICON Touch 7.0 CTS Display

With the revealing of their new outboard engine, the E-TEC Generation Two or E-TEC G2, Evinrude also introduced a completely new electronic instrument display for use with the new engines, the ICON Touch 7.0 CTS Display. The ICON Touch display is a color, wide screen, touch screen display that is dedicated to engine instrumentation. The ICON Touch display also provides for many new features in the set-up, operation, and diagnosis of the E-TEC G2 engines. The ICON Touch communicates with the E-TEC G2 engine and with its ICON electronic remote controls using a NMEA-2000 network connection. It allows the operator to control several helm functions, to select remote control devices, select modes of operation, and to perform calibration functions.

The display is a 7-inch wide-screen color display with touch screen, and presents 800 x 480 pixels. The display is designed for good visibility in sunlit conditions and can be viewed with polarized glasses. The touch screen uses capacitive technology, and will not work well with gloved hands.

The ICON Touch does not contain its own GNSS receiver. A GNSS receiver on the NMEA-2000 network is needed for many of the measurements or data presented. Similarly, if speed over water data is desired, an external paddlewheel sensor is needed. Measurement of tank fluid levels also requires external sensors.

The ICON Touch can be configured to use various units of measurement:

--U.S.A units

--Metric units

--Imperial units

--Nautical units (for depth and speed)

The display can also be configured for choice of language for its presentation:






Operation of the ICON Touch display is accomplished with ten physical pushbutton switches that flank the touch screen display. The physical buttons are also supplemented with on-screen virtual buttons that can be actuated by touching the screen.

System configuration menus provide for setting the number of outboard engines (up to four), the transom position of each outboard, and for selection of the throttle control (hand or foot).

Evinrude ICON Touch display screen
ICON Touch display, HOME screen, four engine configuration.


The ICON Touch display is organized in several screens or pages of data. The available screens are:



--Fluid Tanks


--ECO or Fuel Economy





In addition to the screen or page selected, the lower portion of the display always shows a Status Bar.

ICON Touch display Status Bar

The Status Bar always presents the following data:

--gear position (F,N,R for each outboard)

--throttle input selection (hand or foot)

--time of day (hours and minutes)

--fuel economy (alert)

--engine status indicators (oil, engine, temperature, battery alerts)

The upper portion of the display always shows the Touch Point Command Icons. The Touch Point Command Icons permit navigation to additional pages.

Evinrude ICON Touch Point Command Bar
The ICON Touch Point Command Bar

The HOME screen presentation varies with the number of engines on the vessel. For multiple engines, the engine speed in RPM, the coolant temperature, and the trim position are shown for each engine. The speed over ground, total fuel consumption per hour, and instantaneous MPG are also shown. (See illustration above for the HOME screen in a four-engine configuration.) For a single engine, a simplified screen shows RPM, trim position, speed over ground, and water pressure.

The OUTBOARD screen presents data about the engine in more detail, showing



--Engine hours

--Coolant temperature

--Water pressure

--Battery voltage

--Oil level (from the outboard's own oil tank)

--Fuel consumption

--Throttle position

The FLUID TANKS screen presents data about the tank levels. Up to four fuel tanks can be displayed. The engine oil tank level for each engine is shown. A second tab on the display leads to a calibration screen for configuring and calibrating tank level sensors.

The MODES screen permits control and configuration of several operating modes:

--Trim Assist can be set ON or OFF

--Power Steering Assist can be set to OFF, High Effort, or Low Effort

The ECO (or fuel economy) screen presents data about vessel speed and fuel usage:

--Trim position (for all engines)

--Fuel consumption (total of all engines)

--Fuel economy (MPG or other units)

--Range (Miles or other units)

--Average fuel economy (MPG or other units)

--Vessel speed (MPH or other units)

--Vessel RPM (an average of all engine speeds)

The AVG or average fuel economy is a bar graph that shows the averaged fuel economy of all engines in a range of Good/Better/Best.

The TRIP screen presents data about the vessel during a specific time or distance period, including:


--Operating time

--Average speed

--Maximum speed

--Average fuel economy

--Fuel consumed

This data is collected and organized in two instances, called Trip A and Trip B.

The VESSEL screen presents data about environmental parameters and other vessel status data:

--Water temperature

--Live well temperature

--Outside air temperature

--Battery voltage

--Fuel consumption (GPH or other units), sum of all engines

--Vessel speed (MPH or other units)

--Fuel economy (MPG or other units)

The temperature data requires installation of external temperature sensors.

The DIAGNOSTIC screen provides access to active and historical engine faults stored in the engine management module (EMM) of the E-TEC engine or engines. Previously this information was only available with use of the EV-Diagnostics software executing on laptop and connected to the diagnostic port of the engine.

The MENU screen permits navigation to three sub-menu screens:




The Configuration sub-menu provides controls for display backlight, selection of language and units, time offset from GMT and use of daylight savings, setting of depth alarms, and setting of number of engines.

The Calibration sub-menu provides for configuration and calibration of tank fluid level sensors. Three additional options provide for selection of input sources from ICON controls wired inputs, from instrument input on the ICON Touch display, or or from analog-to-digital convertors on the NMEA-2000 network.

Inputs from the ICON remote controls can be configured as fuel or oil tanks, and the sensors can be calibrated. Inputs from the ICON Touch instrument can be configured as oil, fresh water, waste water, or black water tanks, and the sensors can be calibrated. Inputs from analog-to-digital convertors (up to five inputs) connected to the NMEA-2000 network can also be selected. (It appears that NAVICO sensors are to be used.)

The calibration sub-menu also provides for calibration of the Trim/Tilt position of the engine and for calibration of configuration of the fuel economy calculators. The period of time (in seconds) for integration of average MPG can be set. Also the instantaneous and average fuel economy can be reset.

The winterization sub-menu permits permits initiation of the E-TEC engine self-winterization mode.


The ICON Touch display rear panel contains several connectors. A 23-pin connector with a wiring harness is provided. The wiring harness breaks out into:

--a NMEA-2000 standard Micro connector

--a Deutsch connector for an aural alert or horn sounder

--a Deutsch connector for 12-Volt DC power input

--three sets of two-wire analog level inputs, used for fluid tank level sensors

--a single BLUE wire for an instrument illumination circuit voltage input

A second 23-pin connector is provided but is not used at this time. A connection for a Secure Data (SD) memory card is also provide but is not used at this time.

jimh posted 09-06-2014 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The ICON Touch 7.0 CTS display information above comes from preliminary documentation. The production models may have slightly different features. I believe ICON Touch 7.0 CTS displays will begin to be delivered this fall, as the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines go into production.
jimh posted 09-09-2014 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The most impressive feature of the new ICON Touch 7.0 CTS display, and the feature that differentiates it from any other display showing engine data, is the ability of the ICON Touch 7.0 CTS display to communicate directly with the engine management module (EMM) of the new Evinrude 74-degree V6 E-TEC engine (or the E-TEC G2 engine). This feature allows the ICON Touch display to show active and stored engine fault codes, and to provide explanatory text about those faults. This feature is made possible by a significant change in the EMM itself.

In the new Evinrude E-TEC 74-degree V6 engines, the EMM can communicate with the NMEA-2000 network, and access to many diagnostic and operational control features for the engine is now available via this network connection; previously, these features were only accessed via a dedicated diagnostic port connection. With the new E-TEC G2 engines, the EV-Diagnostic software, a sophisticated package intended primarily for use by dealers in making engine settings and in diagnosis of problems, will now access the E-TEC EMM via the network connection. A dedicated diagnostic connection is no longer needed.

As a result of using the network port for communication with the EMM, connecting a laptop running the diagnostic software to a boat network will allow access to all E-TEC engines on the vessel. In multiple-engine installations, the diagnostic software can connect to any engine on the network from its one network connection.

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