Monday, May 25, 2009

NMEA FAQ's: What is NMEA?

NMEA - stands for the National Marine Electronics Association

NMEA Interface Standards are intended facilitate interconnection and interchangeability of equipment digital date, minimizing misunderstanding and confusion between manufacturer's equipment and provide safe and reliable equipment communication for the mariner.

Among other important goals and objectives, NMEA defines electrical signal requirements, data transmission protocol and time, and specific sentence formats- in which your standard instrumentation and navigation manufacturers use. The GOOD news, is that standards in general, makes is easy for your marine instrumentation and nav equipment to USE information.

The BAD news, is that when standards "change", you may need to "change" with them.

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