The Philips CDI-180 is an advance-technology CD-I player module that has been purpose designed as part of a sophisticated Philips CD-Interactive System. This user-friendly system fully exploits the tremendous information capacity of the standars 12-cm/5.1/4-inch compact disc format. It will also play CD audio discs and the audio section of CD-video media.
- Part of the Philips Modular CD-I system
- Operates with the CDI-181 Multi Media Controller
- User-friendly ergonomic design concepts
- Plays CD-Interactive and CD-audio discs
- Easy disc loading and storage with caddy
- Fully modular configuration
- Occupies minimal desk space
- Providdes digital readout data for processing
- Meets internationally accepted CD-I standards
The function of the Philips CDI-180 Player is to accept the CD-I disc, read it out - under the control of the Multi Media Controller (MCC) - then supply an appropriate digital signal output to the MMC for processing. The output from the MMC is displayed on a suitable video/TV monitor which presents the CD-I program under the direct control of the user. The user-friendly design concepts of the CDI-180 maximize the exploitation of the CD-I media but minimize man/machine interfacing. The CD-I player system is intended primarily for use in institutional and professional applications, suc as education, trainig and electronic publishing.
The Philips CDI 180 is one of a series of three modules. Two only of these are required to make up the powerful Philips CD-Interactive system. The third module is for extending the resident memory capacity and/or system communication capabilities. The modules are of pleasing, contemporary, styling and are designed for stacking one above the other, occupying minimal desk space. Electrical and mechanical interconnection is straightforward and uncomplicated.
Easy to use
This extremely sophisticated, yet easy-to-operate, system offers tremendous flexibility. giving virtually unlimited scope to both CD-I program producer and end-user. It will handle all recorded compact discs produced in accordance within established CD-I-international standard.
The clean mechanical design features of the CDI 180 make it extremely easy to operate. All the user has to do is insert the program disc into the player slot. Discs are pre-loaded into a twopart plastic caddy which slides easily into the player. This action automatically locates the disc in the playing position. The disc. held firmly in its mounting frame. is retained in this position and the now-empty box is with¬drawn.
The reverse action removes the disc after use. The box is inserted into the slot, as before, and the disc and its frame are relocated within the box (inside the player) ready for withdrawl. The box is now slid outwards with the disc already contained inside. This caddy facility avoids physical handling of the media and provides a practical, robust and compact storage element.
CD-I control is achieved by the use of simple pointing devices (such as a mouse) which are used for the positioning of the cursor or activating a displayed item. This allows the user to handle the system without knowledge of symbols, keypath, etc. Basic CD-DA controls, such as PLAY, PAUSE, STOP. MUTE. etc. are grouped together on a single hand-held remote control pad. LEO indicators and LCD-display are located on the front panel. These indicate power on, track/index/time indicator, etc.
The digital output, control-signal input and dock output interfaces are located on the right had side panel. The power on/off switch is fitted on the rear panel. (This is normally left ON because the master power control is located on the MMC module). A mechanical interlock secures the modules firmly together.
Powerful, sophisticated performance
Operated in conjunction with the Philips CDI-181 Multi-media Controller (MMC), the CDI 180 Player module will accept CD-I discs containing any combination of sound, natural pictures. text and graphics. Moreover the complete system offers an unprecedented degree of flexibility in its audiotvideo possibilities. This total CD-I system therefore presents a quite outstanding medium that allows the user to achieve unparalleled possibilities attainable by CD-I technology.
Microprocessor-controlled, the player-plus-MMC combination allows the user instant access to the stored information interactively. It also allows an extremely high degree of control over the program. This extensive range of Personal program control is achieved by means of the remote controller and/or a mouse -which allows the user to call up any desired screen image by pointing it at on-screen menu displays. There are various system options available, including RS232 serial communication interface, basic CPU memory expansion, joystick, printer, etc., as defined by the application on the disc.
Philips Multi Media Controller CDI 181
The Philips CDI 181 Multi Media Controller (MMC) is the key module of the Philips advance-technology CD Interactive System. The heart of the system, it operates in conjunction with the Philips CDI 180 Player module. This two-module configuration forms the basic Philips stand-alone CD-I system. The memory capacity and communication capability of this basic system can be extended by adding a third, CDI 182 Expansion module, if required. The CDI 181 is supplied with its remote control unit and a mouse, as standard.
The function of the CDI 181 is to undertake overall system control, signal processing and system interfacing functions. It provides all the control signals for the CDI 180 Player module and then processes the output digital signal from this unit. Its ultimate function is to provide analog signal outputs to the video/TV monitor and the associated audio system. As the control unit for the system, it can be used in a standby mode if required, for fast switch-on.
- Part of Philips Modular CD-I system
- Operates with CDI 180 Player module
- Performs all system control, signal processing and interlacing functions
- Supplied with remote control pad and mouse for interactive control of disc playing
- Provides CPU bus interface for connection to CDI 182 Extension module
- RS232 serial communication option available
The CDI 181 Multi Media Controller is a microprocessor-controlled intelligent module. Resident system software ensures fast system access to offer a precise, meaningful man/machine interface. This provides the user with quick-action, wide-ranging control over all the essential CD-I playing functions. The monitor, audio system and headphone connections are directly connected to this module. It also provides the display and adjustment controls for the clock/data settings. •
All user control devices - remote control or mouse - are also connected to the MMC module. For this reason. it also houses the IR receiver for the remote control pad. The MMC is, by virtue of its function, the terminal unit for all system components external to itself. So, in addition to those already mentioned must be included, all digital or analog input/output signals (including the output from the CDI 180 Player module) any 'add-on' options such as RS232 serial communication interface, printer, keyboard, joystick, etc. The CDI 182 Expansion Module is also connected to the MMC if added to the system. To complete this-list of items is the master power on/off switch and the standby switch, located on the front panel.
Resident user program
The MMC contains a system control program which has the function of providing a simple, consistent and easy-to-use man/machine interface to start CD-I applications, to display and adjust clock/data settings, and to execute some system maintenance functions. The standard control screen offers the user the choice of a number of operating modes and functions, after an initial graphic lead-in:
- Clock/calendar - perpetual calendar showing local date and time and a 'world clock', Includes time/date set mode.
- CD-I system functions showing selection capabilities, if valid, for e.g. functions for use of the personal memory card.
- CD audio play with functions for display and selection of play sequence plus play/pause and time-related sleep/wake-up facilities.
- Start CD-I capplication.
Philips CD-I System Expansion Module CD-I 182
The Expansion Module CDI 182 allows the user to extend the memory and communication facilities of the Philips CD-I Player System. This permits the use a wide range of different options. These include floppy and hard disk interfaces for data storage, printer, modem, SCSI, MIDI and many others. The availability of a wide range of customized plug-in interface cards offers the user the opportunity to interface with these and many other systems and/or equipment. This makes the product ideal for use in, for example, run-time environments whore exchange of information with external sources is required. In addition, these facilities will provide authoring system requirements, such as emulation and/or simulation of applications.
- Allows extended CD-I System facilities:
- Data storage on floppies
- Extra RAM capacity
- SCSI interface
- Hard disc interface
- MIDI interface
- Built-in modem
- RS 232 and parallel interfaces Printer interlace, etc.
- Supplied complete with:
- 1Mbyte RAM extension card
- SCSI interface card
Its mechanical styling is fully compatible with the basic CD-I System Modules, CDI 180 and CDI 181. When used it becomes the bottom unit of the stack and has similar arrangements for basic mechanical and electrical interconnections. No extra desk or bench space is needed when this system is used.
There are no functional controls (other than power on/off), this being a terminal connecting unit. Its operational role is to provide easy access to all of the system parameters. The basic configuration of the CDI 182 includes 1Mbyte memory extension card and the SCSI communications interface card, as standard.
Two card entry slots are provided to accept the plug-ins. All other mechanical connections are fitted to the rear panel with the exception of the CPU bus interface on the right hand side panel.