Suzuki introduces a completely new line of multi-function displays that offer connectivity between your powerplants and your electronics, amazing versatility, and glass-bridge looks.
Most of you know that when you’re dealing with hot new outboards like the Suzuki DF350A or the new Suzuki V6 line up, your electronics and your outboards can talk to one another. But most digital outboard displays are quite limited in their capabilities. Sure, they can deliver engine data. But wouldn’t it be cool if they were able to communicate with all of the electronics onboard your boat, ranging from fishfinders to digital switching systems?
Delivering this type of advanced utility is one of the reasons why Suzuki decided to come up with a completely new line of instruments, called the Suzuki SMD Multi-function displays.
Before we get to the uber-cool stuff, let’s get the specs out of the way: the Suzuki SMD displays are available in seven-, nine-, 12-, and 16-inch displays. These are color touch-screens with slick black bezels in a glass-screen style face for flush or binacle mounting. All offer NMEA2000 and NEMA0183 compatibility, wireless LAN, IP56 waterproofing, SD or micro SD card slots, and the ability to display all of your electronics: chartplotter, fishfinder, radar, AIS, autopilot, and so on. The larger two of the four units also add ports for LAN, USB, video in/out, and AUX.
Along with the MFDs themselves, optional instruments by Furuno are available to interface with them: black-box fishfinders (including the DFF-3D network multi-beam sonar), radar, AIS, VHF, heading sensors, and satellite compass. The interface with the SMD itself is very phone-like, following recent industry trends to pattern menus in an app-like style that makes for easy learning and the ability to bounce back and forth between these wide-ranging functions without needing a Bible-sized instruction manual.
Of course, the ability to integrate all these functions into a single system isn’t unheard-of. Where Suzuki really breaks new ground, however, is with the SDS Mobile diagnostic system. The outboards send engine data to the MFD, which then transforms it into QR codes. With the SDS Mobile App (free for both iOS and Android), you can than scan the QR codes with your phone. This saves all the engine data, which you can then email to your Suzuki dealer.
Creating this ability is a fantastic idea, on a number of levels. First off, you’ll be able to constantly keep your service tech appraised of details like the number of hours since the last oil change, total engine hours, and hours of operation at different RPM. More importantly, if any sort of malfunction arises you can immediately send the data to the techs without having to haul your boat anywhere, pop the cowl, or plug a diagnostic computer into the engine.
Now That Is Sweet.
The Suzuki SMDs also incorporate a few of the newer digital control perks we’ve seen hitting the water in recent years, starting with the ability to micro-adjust engine rpm for trolling. When there’s an internet connection you can also tap into weather information. And your system can be customized to incorporate digital switching systems so, you can even control accessories like lighting, pumps, and trim tabs, from your engine monitors.
The bottom line? While other digital engine monitors are limited mostly to engine data and operation with some peripheral utility, the SMD line offers true multi-function displays with capabilities that run the gamut.
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