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The new Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch is an integrated multifunction display (MFD) that uses a 1-hertz internal GPS antenna to anchor chartplotting functionality via a variety of cartography packages, including the proprietary Insight USA charts and Navionics Platinum+. The chartplotting function allows the user to view two different chart packages in a split-screen format. For sounder function the HDS-9 Gen2 Touch has parent company Navico’s Broadband Sounder as well as the side-scanning StructureScan HD sonar. Both functions use the company’s data-recording feature to allow historical viewing of sonar data in an intuitive, back-scrolling format.
To network the HDS-9 Gen2 Touch, Lowrance gave it compatibility with NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, and Ethernet (two inputs) protocols for simple network expansion. The unit also has two SD card slots and a video input.
Navico is rolling out a wireless module and app that will be available for the HDS Gen2 Touch line in 2013. The module will work with the app to share data and control with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
HDS-9 Gen2 Touch MFDs are protected by a two-year limited warranty and supported by the five-year Lowrance Advantage Service Program.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.