AIS950 Software

AIS950 Software

Software download and update information for the Raymarine AIS950 product:

  • Applicable for: AIS950
  • Software Version: v06.12.01
  • Release Date: June 2019

Important Terms of downloading software

Firmware update processes are done at your own risk. Before initiating the update process be sure to backup and make copies of all important files.

If the firmware process is interrupted your product may not function properly, therefore do not interrupt the process and ensure the unit is on a reliable power supply. Damage caused by incomplete upgrades will not be covered by Raymarine warranty.

By Downloading the software, you agree to these terms.

Software History

VersionRelease DateFeatures
App: 030200.06.12.01
Boot: 030100.020500
MKD: 03.10.01
Jun 2019
  • Brings AIs950 up to latest standards
  • Corrects a character issue on th "own Dynamic Data" screen, in the Asian release
  • Displays the AtoN name on the Targert List screen
AIS v06.10.00
MKD v03.07.02
Jun 2016
  • Fix for potential Tx malfunction when operating in Inland AIS mode
AIS v06.06.03Jul 2015

Response to changes and enhancements to the Class A AIS specification: 

  • Changes to target icons on unit MKD
  • Password protection on alarm mask
  • AIS SART test mode filter
  • Improvements to vessel target list when 200+ vessels in view
  • Addition of convoy extensions and dimensions in Inland mode
  • Removal of manual setting of 1W mode
  • Addition of AIS message 27
  • Addition of Communications Test feature
  • Addition of Ship Type 59 (Ships and Aircraft of States not Party to an Armed Conflict)
  • Addition of new integrity alarm conditions
  • Bug fix to draft issue
AIS v05.15.02Oct 2014

Feature Enhancements 

  • Quality of Speed, Course and Heading displayed on Installation menu
  • Enable COG transmission at speeds down to 0.1 kt. (COG transmission was previously filtered when vessel SOG was less than 1 kt.
  • Bootloader updated as part of change to production test procedure.
AIS v05.14.02Apr 2014
  • "Baseline" to address all known feature enhancements and bug fixes
AIS v05.13.00Jan 2014
  • Minor bug fixes
AIS v05.12.00Aug 2013
  • Introduction of new RF Synthesizer Component

Software Update Information and Instructions for Raymarine AIS950 (Unit now retired)

Installing the Software Updater.

The Updater is available as a Zip file which contains various elements of the Updater Tool. To unzip and save the updater, please carry out the following actions.


  • Windows 7/ Windows 10 PC
  • 12/24 V DC power supply
  • AIS Software zip file here
  • 9 way RS232 cable (if a USB interface is required we would recommend an adaptor utilising the FTDI chipset)
  • AIS950 CLass A Transceiver

Applying the Software Updater to the Unit.

  1. Extract the updater to your local machine and select the relevant language package.
  2. Connect the power supply and the RS232 cable to the back of the unit.
  3. Ensure the unit is powered down.
  4. Open the updater package folder, then run the ‘updater.bat’ application. Do not run ‘vxboot.exe’.
  5. When the user interface appears select the relevant COM port.
  6. Press the green START button. “Waiting for target to boot” should appear.
  7. Apply power to the unit. “Loading xxx” should now appear in the ‘Status:’ field, and the three bars will show the progress of the update. Depending on the size of the files this may take up to 10 minutes.
  8. When it has finished a dialogue box will display ‘Software update complete’.
  9. To check the software has updated go to the following screen: Menu > Maintenance > System Information
    • Disconnect or close down the updater application
    • Power down the unit

Synthswitch tool

Depending on when your Class A was manufactured you may need to run the additional ‘synthswitch’ tool. Units manufactured before November 2012 will have been built with a now-obsolete frequency synthesiser component, and will require that the tool be applied. This will become apparent if ‘RX channel x malfunction’ alarms are generated on the unit’s display. To run the tool simply double click on the ‘switchsynth’ icon. A batch file will start and provide onscreen instructions. Please note that if you have already run the ‘synthswitch’ tool once you will not have to run it again on that unit.

Open Source GPL/LGPL

Some Raymarine products contain software code developed by third parties that are covered by open source GPL and LGPL software license agreements. You can view the third party license agreements by visiting the Manuals section of our website.

To access the open source GPL and LGPL licensed executables click here