Raymarine unveils new wireless CHIRP radar

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Solid-state radar with wi-fi connectivity for short and long range imaging.

FLIR Systems has unveiled details of the latest Raymarine Quantum CHIRP radar, billed as the industry’s first recreational marine radar dome featuring CHIRP pulse compression technology.

The CHIRP pulse compression technology uses multiple compressed radar pulses combined with FLIR’s ATX advanced target separation technology to display targets like boats, landmarks, rocks, buoys, and weather cells with greater resolution and separation quality compared to traditional magnetron radars.

The radar is designed to deliver superior radar imaging on both long and short ranges. In tight quarters, the CHIRP technology allows identification of targets as close as six metres while, offshore, it is claimed to deliver exceptional long-range imagery and accurate target returns.

The radar's on-board processing also automatically eliminates rain and sea clutter, blocks interference from other radars, and ensures a noise-free, easy-to-interpret image in congested waterways.

The radar's lightweight design and wi-fi connectivity make it easy to install and simple to operate. At 5.4 kg, it weighs 50% less than traditional magnetron radars while the wi-fi networking to Raymarine MFDs eliminates the need for additional radar cabling or interface boxes.

For sailing vessels, Quantum’s solid state design and efficient electronics are designed to reduce power consumption, extending vessel battery life.

“We are thrilled to bring our new solid state CHIRP radar technology to the recreational boating market” said Grégoire Outters, vice president and general manager of FLIR’s maritime segment. “This breakthrough technology coupled with our ATX advanced target separation technology will change the game in terms of performance, ease of use and connectivity.”

The Quantum CHIRP radar will be available worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 through Raymarine’s authorised network of dealers and retailers starting at $2,395 RRP. More details on the website.

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