Simrad Glass Bridge, who knew?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    I for one am not willing to make my vessel navigation systems dependent upon Microsoft Windows. XP is certainly more reliable than it’s predecessors, but I’d like to see postings from those who have never had to reboot their system because of an OS problem.
    And Nobeltec’s copy protection scheme can also make reinstallation a painful process, particularly if the problem occurs on a weekend. I find it a great tool for planning, but consider it poor seamanship to rely on Microsoft to get me home on a dark and stormy night.

  2. Buck says:

    I think they made a couple of odd choices on the PC side of things. To start off I think its a dual core not a dual processor.
    Lets say it is a a dual Xeon system. Its going to generate a lot of heat, and consume a fair amount of power. It would also cost much more then necessary. Nobeltec does not use SMP or even SMT.
    Like I said I think it is a dual core, and it would be the smarter choice of the two. It would have less heat to dissipate, it would be more power efficient, and would cost less. The only problem I have with that is that they are going to be using an outdated technology. I talked with a friend in the industry that got a presentation on this system stating it would be running at 3.0 Ghz. Intel’s new line of dual core CPUs do not run at 3.0 Ghz (yet.) The new CPUS will be around longer, they run quite a bit cooler, and they are much faster. Intel has switched from raw speed (because they hit a wall with their netburst chips,) and now are concentrating on IPC.
    Russ also makes a good point. Windows Vista is right around the corner. RC1 was already released for testing, and it has been very stable for me so far.
    I really like the displays, but I think they need to redesign the Black Box.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    For what it’s worth, I checked the press release and it does say dual processor:
    “The unique GB60 is based on a powerful dual processor black box, making it the most versatile navigation system on the market.”
    I don’t think power is an issue on the vessels this rig is intended for.

  4. Guy says:

    Intrested in your views, saw the GB60 at Southampton last week, quite impressed but found it a little slow when loading up different pages. Not that techey so any good questions to ask simrad, when I have full demo of three screen set up in 10 days time??????

  5. Anonymous says:

    Basically you need to ask Simrad,
    Whats the warranty.
    What happens if it crashes.
    Whats the copy protection scheme (dongle or software license, can i reinstall my self ect)
    How readily will software updates be avalible?
    I know the Simrad distributor in the UK and they are pretty good so backup shouldnt be a problem.

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