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Smarter connections that make more sense Actisense is synonymous with excellence in smart sensors. Actisense have developed a wide range of products – NMEA interfaces. has enabled us to perfect our unique depth-sounding algorithm. Smarter. safer solutions. depth sounders and cables which are unique in the marine marketplace for their quality and sophistication. This now forms the calculating heart of depth sounding devices from many major international marine electronics brands across the world. embracing real world echo capture and simulation. Actisense® is a registered trademark of Active Research Limited. The more sensible choice. Our enviable world-wide reputation for supplying smarter marine electronic solutions has been achieved through: • Intelligent design • Exacting manufacturing standards • The highest levels of service Our innovative design approach. With over 20 years of specialist experience in the design of digital signal processing software and hardware. 2 . underwater acoustics and NMEA interconnections. Actisense. About Actisense INTRODUCTION Actisense intelligent sensors and interfaces.

C. More details on this technology and other innovations can be found on the Actisense website. www.that there can be only one ‘talker’ or information source on best possible products. the inclusion of unique Just connect and relax. This substantially required to install NMEA 0183 devices has increased with reduces the risk of the introduction of the AIS compatible NMEA 0183 HS. making for easy technology that enables users to get the most out of their installation of an NMEA NMEA instruments and related on board PCs or laptops.NMEA 0183 Interfaces The NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) What is ISO-Drive? publishes standard communication protocols to enable a marine electronic device with an NMEA ISO-Drive provides a port to share its data with other NMEA devices.actisense. types (RS422. the levels of expertise loops. data protocol installation simple and and sentence formats for a 4800 baud serial data bus. any NMEA 0183 data line. angled to allow easy access to make wiring up ‘float’ safely up to 1500 simple and quick. takes the Actisense range to the next level. free from fear of ground Established more than 20 years ago. and can connectors. galvanically isolated 3 . and indeed surpass NMEA 0183 specifications. 0183 data bus system. each other and the input All Actisense NMEA products feature high quality screw (listener) circuit. knowing that Actisense has it ISO-Drive technology secured. from system ground. our range of NMEA 0183 multiplexers elegantly overcome the major limitation of the NMEA 0183 system By striving to create the . and solve The ISO-Drive output is many of the issues that arise when connecting electronic tolerant of all connection equipment together. Critically. All Actisense NMEA products utilise advanced opto-isolation ISO-Drive outputs are circuitry that protects both the NMEA ‘talker’ device and the separately isolated from Actisense product itself. making NMEA 0183 defines the electrical signalling. connected equipment. volts D. damage and hazards in Actisense has the know-how to provide products that meet. RS485 & Our NMEA Interfaces provide the intelligent interconnection RS232).

2 HS+ ISO-Drive Outputs Intelligent multiplexing Drive outputs software rules Flexible NMEA filtering The Actisense NDC-4 and NDC-4-USB bring the same Configurable baud rates combination of performance and ease-of-use to your and port priorities installation that you expect from all our interfaces. ensuring AIS compatible maximum system flexibility. NMEA 0183 Interfaces (cont). PC configuration software Two flexible ISO-Drive outputs allow two different USB PC interfacing option downstream talker baud rates to be created. configurable filters to remove unwanted data. The NDC-4 is flexible and powerful enough to be the heart of a simple system. SPEED RADAR DISPLAYS. NDC-4 / NDC-4-USB NMEA Data Multiplexer NDC-4 Features Flexible. overriding the fifth OPTO input. SPEED AND DEPTH TRANSDUCERS NDC-4-USB NMEA MULTIPLEXER NMEA NMEA PC OR HIGH CHARTPLOTTER. Now up to five OPTO isolated NMEA 0183 sources can be Full galvanic 1500V isolation multiplexed into a single stream*. COMPASS. *Four inputs on the USB version. as well USB 1. NMEA AUTOPILOTS ETC DEVICE Part number: NDC-4 4 .1 & 2 as enabling an on board PC to read and add to the combined data stream. It provides complete access to all NMEA 0183 data sources. low cost multiplexing with 5 Opto Inputs (4 HS+) up to five NMEA inputs and ISO. as the USB interface acts as the fifth channel. or one of many Actisense products in a more complex system. EXAMPLE: INPUTS FROM GPS.

Preconfigured Features Alternatively. This can allow the NDC-4 to be used straight out of the box.NDC-4 Preconfigured Options Preconfigured Features Preconfigure the NDC-4 as an NDC-4-ASW Autoswitch or for AIS operation 4 Opto Inputs (3 HS+) 2 HS+ ISO-Drive Outputs To make things easy for Actisense customers. making it the Flexible NMEA filtering most flexible Actisense product yet. one at 38400. NMEA AUTOPILOTS ETC DEVICE  Part numbers: NDC-4-AIS & NDC-4-ASW 5 . NDC-4-ASW EXAMPLE: INPUTS FROM 4 NMEA DEVICES OUTPUTTING GPS NMEA DATA NDC-4-ASW NMEA AUTOSWITCH NMEA NMEA PC OR HIGH CHARTPLOTTER. there is Intelligent automatic now the option to have the NDC-4 factory preconfigured switching software rules for AIS operation or as an Autoswitch. one input is set to 38400 baud and the NMEA filter prevents any AIS data from going out of the low speed output. by determining the highest priority device with good data. the Autoswitch preconfigured option NDC-4-AIS (NDC-4-ASW) automatically switches data from one of All NDC-4 features as four NMEA 0183 input devices to the two NMEA 0183 detailed on page 4 outputs (by default. SPEED RADAR DISPLAYS. one at 4800). PC configuration software Naturally. any factory preconfigured option can be changed by the user if required. USB PC interfacing option AIS compatible When preconfigured for AIS operation (NDC-4-AIS). without Configurable baud rates and port priorities needing configuration in the field.

NBF-2 NMEA Buffer NBF-2 Features Distribute isolated data to multiple 1 HS+ Opto Input NMEA devices 6 HS+ ISO-Drive Outputs 115200 baud capable The Actisense NMEA Buffer 2 (NBF-2) galvanically opto- AIS compatible isolates and buffers NMEA 0183 data to drive multiple NMEA devices. ISO-Drive outputs Designed for use with all NMEA 0183 input and output compatible with NMEA 0183 and PC Comm port types types (RS422. Full galvanic isolation on the OPTO input and the ISO- Drive outputs (see special feature on page 3) ensure protection for both the source talker device and all listening devices. RADAR ETC Part number: NBF-2 6 . LAPTOP. SPEED OR DEPTH TRANSDUCER NBF-2 NMEA BUFFER ISOLATED OUTPUTS MULTIPLE OUTPUTS TO PC. EXAMPLE: INPUT FROM GPS. meeting and indeed exceeding the latest NMEA 0183 specifications. NMEA 0183 Interfaces (cont). The Actisense NBF-2 is invaluable in creating a safe and flexible NMEA data network. such as chart plotters and radars. It Full galvanic 1500V isolation is also ideal for safely interfacing an on board PC to Full NMEA 0183 compliance NMEA 0183 equipment on a vessel. RS485 and RS232). the NBF-2 produces an amplified copy on each of its isolated outputs. AUTOPILOT. COMPASS.

making (“VCP”) on the PC installation simple and free from ground loops. PC Comm port types The USG-1 ISO-Drive output (special feature on page Creates a Virtual Comm Port 3) and OPTO input provide full isolation. EXAMPLE: NMEA 0183 DEVICE OPTO ISO-Drive USG-1 USB TO SERIAL GATEWAY USB 1. Part numbers: USG-1 (NMEA 0183) The input uses the Actisense isolation circuitry to USG-1-485 (RS485) protect any connected equipment from most common system faults.1 & 2 USB Part number: USG-1-422 & USG-1-485 7 . The Actisense USG-1 overcomes all the problems of using a low cost ‘USB to RS232’ cable from a computer store: the risk of expensive damage to the PC as there is no isolation and also such a device may not provide either the drive current or the correct voltage levels for NMEA 0183 interfacing.USG-1 USB to Serial Gateway USG-1 Features Connect your boat’s data network 1 HS+ Opto Input to your PC with the safety of full 1 HS+ ISO-Drive Output Up to 115200 baud data electrical isolation transfer rate Full galvanic 1500V isolation The Actisense USG-1 is the safest way to connect your Full NMEA 0183 compliance boat’s data network to an on board PC. It converts a ISO-Drive output compatible USB port into a bi-directional serial port suitable for with both NMEA 0183 and connecting to a marine standard NMEA 0183 data bus. There Can be used to isolate are no risks of burning wires or circuits causing damage between two PC systems to PC equipment. This isolator can receive very low level differential signals that are often too small to be received by a PC serial port.

PC-OPTO-3 NMEA to RS232 Opto-Isolator PC-OPTO-3 Features 2000 volts protection for vital on 1 HS+ Opto input board NMEA devices. Part number: PC-OPTO-3 8 . Shielded cable and case Particularly suited to ‘noisy’ and/or commercial environments as it provides a complete solution for system builders who require all components to be shielded. NMEA 0183 Interfaces (cont). The easy. safe and low-cost way to connect an NMEA 0183 system to a laptop PC (or any other device with a standard RS232 9-pin port). Self-powered – takes power from PC port The new OPTO-3 features as standard. and much more but adds tranzorb spike protection) Actisense has been manufacturing the successful Up to 115200 baud OPTO-1 cable since the year 2000. 1 HS+ NMEA Output (directly connected to PC. Self powered (from the PC) to make installation trouble-free and quick. a fully shielded Simple installation case and cable. making it even more desirable.

01kn resolution The Actisense Active Depth/Speed/Temperature Module Temperature sensor 0°C to is the market-leading way to take analogue transducers +40°C. Configurable depth. speed calibration curve and temperature offset . speed When used with an existing installed transducer. smart digital life Depth frequencies of into old or new transducers. 0. 150kHz. DST-2-235 200kHz (more common in USA). speed and Flash upgradeable. 170kHz.creating a very flexible system. radars or an on board PC. are 150kHz (common in the UK/EU) and 170kHz & DST-2-200. In addition. & temperature options the frequency of the DST-2 must match that of the Part numbers: transducer.01°C resolution into the digital age.01m resolution technology Speed/Log sensor 0. it can operate with a bi-directional RS232 interface for customised applications where parameters need to be changed.Active DST Module DST-2 Active DST Module DST-2 Features Breathe new. The module is ideal for operation with any NMEA 0183 compatible device. ‘future- temperature transducer signals into NMEA data to proof’ design deliver best-in-class seabed tracking. DST-2-170. Typical frequencies used by manufacturers DST-2-150. 0. NMEA 0183 data output Used with new or existing transducers fitted to a vessel. 200kHz or 235kHz with digital signal processing Depth range 0.3 to 200m. once/second the Active DST Module digitises depth. 0.5kn to 50kn. The DST-2 now offers user configuration of depth offset. such as chart plotters. Part number: DST-2 9 .

10 . Capable of self diagnosis. straightforward solutions to interconnection problems. Power and data are all shared on the same cable. Additionally. Actisense have developed interfaces to enable NMEA 0183 devices to continue to be used with the new NMEA 2000 network. NMEA 2000 certified products can communicate with each other on the NMEA 2000 network. However. The network has bandwidth protection ensuring mission critical data always gets through. With the advantage of 10 years designing NMEA 0183 interfaces. which has been used in the automotive industry for many years. the NMEA 2000 network is intelligent and can identify a node sending constant error messages and automatically shuts it down. Actisense can enable bi-directional transfer of NMEA 2000 data between a networked device and a PC. NMEA 2000 will lower the overall costs of installing and configuring networks. The Actisense NMEA 2000 range exceeds all NMEA 2000 requirements and provides simple solutions to ensure users get the most from their NMEA instruments. Actisense has the knowledge and skill to develop a range of NMEA 2000 interfaces. while the rest of the network continues sharing data. NMEA 2000 Interfaces Actisense understands the transition from NMEA 0183 to NMEA 2000 can be complex and costly so strives to provide simple. One single network backbone cable replaces the multiple cables needed with an NMEA 0183 network. NMEA 2000 is an ‘open’ network system based on CAN (Controller Area Network). All Actisense NMEA products have opto-isolated inputs and ISO-Drive technology outputs (special feature on page 3) making Actisense the safest choice available.

0183 & NMEA 2000 To protect the power hook-up. The Actisense QNB-1 has an alternative use as an NMEA 0183 junction box to connect multiple NMEA 0183 ’listener’ devices together and distribute power to all devices. Simple installation limiting the current to the safe level for the network. detect power reversal and show whether the fuses are still intact.QNB-1 Quick Network Block QNB-1 Features Fault-free backbone networking Eight 5-way connection connections made easy on NMEA points. LED indicators show power status. allowing up to six NMEA 2000 network 2000 buses and networks drops & two backbone connections The Actisense Quick Network Block (QNB-1) provides a Compatible with all baud rates from 4800 flexible alternative to multiple connectors. An additional LED indicates NMEA data on the bus. a double fused networks connection is provided to the network backbone. reducing the to 250 kBaud cost of an NMEA 2000 cable installation. Fused power connection As a multi-drop NMEA 2000 network backbone option connection block. the QNB-1 adheres to the barrier 4 power & 1 data LEDS strip connection type detailed in the NMEA 2000 Compatible with NMEA specification. EXAMPLE: 6 NMEA 2000 DEVICES QNB-1 NMEA NMEA 2000 POWER 2000 BUS BUS Part number: QNB-1 11 .

reducing wiring complexity. and meets all isolation requirements for NMEA 2000 networks. Use the NMEA 2000 bus using the network as a means of combining and to multiplex several NMEA 0183 signals together transferring all data items from one place to another. Part numbers NGW-1-ISO & The high reliability of NMEA 2000 data transfer ensures NGW-1-USB effective communication even in the presence of interference. The data can then be picked up from the data bus wherever required. NMEA 2000 Interfaces (cont) NGW-1-ISO / NGW-1-USB NMEA 2000 Gateway NGW-1 Features Hook up to NMEA 2000 now 1 HS+ Opto Input using your current NMEA 0183 1 HS+ ISO-Drive Output Up to 115200 baud data equipment transfer rate Full NMEA 2000 compliance The Actisense NGW-1 provides an uncomplicated way to link between a boat's data networks. These features ensure the NGW-1 is free from ground loop installation issues. to receive vital data from the Multiple NGW units can be used to multiplex numerous NMEA 2000 bus NMEA 0183 devices onto the NMEA 2000 network. EXAMPLE: NMEA 0183 DEVICE OPTO ISO-Drive NGW-1 NMEA 2000 GATEWAY USB 1. The NGW-1 features an ISO-Drive output (see special feature on page 3) and an OPTO isolated input. on both inputs and outputs Upgrade your NMEA 0183 Using the advanced configuration software provided.1 & 2 option available NMEA 2000 NETWORK Part numbers: NGW-1-ISO & NGW-1-USB 12 . it equipment to NMEA 2000 is straightforward to set up which data conversions are Allow NMEA 0183 devices required for both directions. The NGW-1 Full NMEA 0183 compliance makes it possible to convert NMEA 0183 data into Full galvanic 1500V isolation NMEA 2000 data and vice-versa.

leading chartplotter USB input/output software is also being certified to work with the NGT-1. EXAMPLE: PC SOFTWARE NGT-1 ISOLATION BARRIER USB 1. The supplied Actisense Software Development Kit (SDK) also helps to greatly reduce the required development time. Actisense welcomes enquiries from software manufacturers who would like to incorporate NMEA 2000 and the Actisense NGT-1 into their software.HS+ isolated With ‘Third Party Gateway’ status. on both input and output The NGT-1 diagnostic software allows viewing of NMEA Allows configuration & 2000 messages with full configuration options. USB version .1 & 2 NMEA 2000 NETWORK Part numbers: NGT-1-USB & NGT-1-ISO 13 .HS+ OPTO The firewall feature of the NGT-1 enforces the NMEA input & ISO. ISO version .Drive output 2000 bus rules so software manufacturers can create Part numbers NGT-1-USB & NMEA 2000 compliant software at a fraction of the NGT-1-ISO direct certification costs. enabling flash updating of Actisense products on the 2000 bus setup of all Actisense products on the NMEA 2000 bus.NGT-1-USB / NGT-1-ISO NMEA 2000 PC Gateway NGT-1 Features Interface your PC to the NMEA Provides a rule-enforcing 2000 bus with a fully functional firewall between the PC & NMEA 2000 bus firewall gateway Up to 115200 baud data transfer rate The Actisense NGT-1 is the only intelligent NMEA 2000 Full NMEA 2000 compliance gateway available to precisely transfer messages to and Full galvanic 1500V isolation from the NMEA 2000 bus.

Technical Information Product Specifications NBF-2 NDC-4 USG-1 USG-1-485 NGW-1 NGW-1-USB NDC-4-ASW NGT-1 NGT-1-USB PSU Type Switched Switched/USB USB Switched Switched USB Power (typical) 0.5 mm 14 .0 mm 28.0 mm 64.1-5.0 Port dependant .1 2.2 Guarantee 3 3 3 3 3 3 Temperature -20/+70 -20/+70 -20/+70 -20/+70 -20/+70 -20/+70 IP Rating IP66 IP66 IP54 IP54 IP54 IP54 ISO-Drive4 • • • RS485 (ISO)6 • OPTO inputs4 • • • RS485 (ISO)6 • USB port Optional1 Standard Standard Standard NMEA 20002 • • RS232 Out Output Types ISO-Drive4 DST-2 OPTO-3 NMEA 20002 Units Output Current 20 20 Port dependant . mA Output Voltage5 2.2 0.0 mm 26 mm 82 mm 55 mm 46.5 mm NGW-1 132 mm 80 mm 139.2 0.1-5. V Ground Isolation 1500 0 0 2500 V Baud Rates 4800-115200 4800 4800-57600 250000 bps Product dimension diagrams NDC-4 26 mm USG-1 NBF-2 NGT-1 37.2 0.0 mm 179.4 0.5 0.

Isolated RS485 in/out specification in ‘Input Types’ table CE Status : All products are designed to meet or exceed End 2008 IEC 60945 CE mark tests.0 V Ground Isolation 2500 1500 0 V Baud Rates 4800-115200 4800 4800-57600 bps Power Supply Types Switched USB Linear Special Input Voltage Range 10-35 4.5 W 3 .The USB Connection on the NDC-4 is not isolated from the battery ground.02 0.The DST-2 has full output protection and is both RS232 and 3 2 Years NMEA 0183 compliant -20/+70 -20/+70 C 4 .2 2. Special Linear 2 .8 -0.All NMEA 2000 connections are fully isolated from ground 0.All ISO-Drive Outputs and OPTO inputs are fully compatible IP44 IP66 with RS422.25 10-28 7-25 QNB-1 26 mm DST-2 106 mm 80 mm 80 mm 106 mm 26 mm 26 mm 160 mm 82 mm 55 mm 55 mm 15 .Minimum output voltage given at 100 ohm load • 6 .75-5. Notes PC-OPTO-3 DST-2 Units 1 .2 to +0. and provide full protection against interference and static discharge risk • •3 Input Types OPTO in4 RS485 (ISO)6 RS232 Units Voltage Tolerance -15 to +15 -8 to +15 -25 to +25 V Sensitivity 1. RS232 and RS485 voltage levels 5 .

actisense. Poole. Dorset UK BH12 3PF t:+44 (0)1202 746682  f:+44 (0)1202 746683  e: Contents INTRODUCTION  2 NMEA 0183 Interfaces  3 NDC-4 / NDC-4-USB NMEA Data Multiplexer  4 NDC-4 Preconfigured Options  5 NBF-2 NMEA Buffer   6 USG-1 USB to Serial Gateway  7 PC-OPTO-3 NMEA to RS232 Opto-Isolator  8 DST-2 Active DST Module  9 NMEA 2000 Interfaces  10 QNB-1 Quick Network Block  11 NGW-1-ISO / NGW-1-USB NMEA 2000 Gateway  12 NGT-1-USB / NGT-1-ISO NMEA 2000 PC Gateway  13 Technical Information  14 . Ringwood Road. Head Office Actisense. Wessex Trade Centre. Unit 5.