Philips CD-i/Models

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This page lists out and details the models of the Philips CD-i hardware platform, including models manufactured by other companies.

Listings

Professional-grade Systems

  • CDI 180 series - The very first iteration of the CD-i ever, a professional-grade model, jointly developed by Philips and Kyocera in 1988. It is a modular system, comprised of the;
    • CDI 180 - CD drive module. It reads both CD-i discs and audio CDs, and all of its functions are controlled by the CDI 181 MMC module (see below).
    • CDI 181 - The MultiMedia Controller (MMC), which performs all system control, signal processing, and interfacing functions. It also provides a CPU bus interface for connecting with the CDI 182 (see below). It also features a slot for the Personal Memory Card, which can be implemented by the user for saving important data. The CDI 181 and the CDI 180 are both needed to form and operate the complete basic system.
    • CDI 182 - A module that is added to the main system for authoring purposes, featuring two floppy disk drives, SCSI and parallel ports, and 1 MB of RAM. It is incompatible with the Digital Video cartridge.
  • CDI 6xx series
    • CDI 601 - The first stand-alone CD-i player for professional applications.
    • CDI 602 - Variant of the CDI 601 with a floppy disk drive for additional storage capabilities.
    • CDI 604 - Variant of the CDI 602 with a CD drawer based on a different PCB, offering upgradability for Digital Video by a modified 9141 Digital Video cartridge PCB.
    • CDI 605 - Designed for authoring, the CDI 605 featured 5 MB of RAM, SCSI, parallel, and Ethernet ports along with additional diagnostic tools. There were two versions of it. One that could not be upgraded for Digital Video, and the second that can.
    • CDI 615 - Professional player with floppy disk drive, parallel and AT ports with integrated Digital Video. It is able to communicate with other 615 players, especially designed for classroom applications where user data could be retreived by a central operator.
    • CDI 660 - Professional player with floppy disk drive and integrated Digital Video. The player shell can be adapted to individual needs by rejecting certain discs, disable playback of audio CDs, and displaying a customized message.
    • CDI 670 - Referred to as a Multimedia Control unit. In addition to the features that the CDI 660 model has, the CDI 670 offers the possibility to control professional DVD players. Because of this, it combines DVD's great picture quality with the interacitivity of the CD-i format. Furthermore, it can support Iomega Zip drives.

Consumer-grade Systems

  • CDI 910 - The first consumer-grade CD-i player that was sold in the United States. It was also sold in the U.K. as the CDI 205. It is a front-loading model with a motorized CD tray. This is the very model of CD-i player used by James Rolfe in certain episodes of the popular Angry Video Game Nerd web series.
  • CDI 220 - A CD-i player released as part of Philips' Matchline series, featuring a hinged door that covered the CD tray.
  • CDI 210 - A stripped-down, lower-cost version of the CDI 220 model without the door, featuring a less-sophisticated FTD display. Several versions were produced.
  • CDI 450 - This is the model of CD-i player that was intended to compete with similarly-priced gaming consoles, a low-cost player with no IR receiver or FTD display and using a top-loading CD drive with a lid. The unit is based on the then-new and highly-integrated Roboco PCB. Sold under the Magnavox brand in the U.S. as the CDI 550 with a Digital Video cartridge pre-installed.
  • CDI 470 - A mini component style player that neatly fits into existing 26cm hi-fi systems, boasting the features seen in higher-end players. It was also positioned in the CDI 400 range as a low-cost device.
  • CDI 490 - A variant of the CDI 470 for professional and institutional areas where more storage space is needed, featuring 32 KB of NVRAM memory. It also includes Digital Video capabilities by default.
  • CDI 740 The most advanced of the consumer-grade CD-i players, this baby features an RS-232 port with two separate ports for input devices, in addition to extensive controls for playing CD audio on the front and integrated Digital Video. It was a limited run model, making it one of the hardest CD-i players to find.
  • FW380i - A mini hi-fi system with an AM/FM tuner, a double cassette deck, a clock with an alarm, and a CD-i player. Its IR receiver was not suited for the wireless IR controllers, so a wired controller is bundled with the system.
  • 21TCDi30 - A TV set with a CD-i player built into it, along with direct control keys for Audio and Video CDs. Aimed at professional and institutional areas, the 21TCDi30 also features integrated Digital Video.

Portable Systems

  • CDI 360 - The first all-in-one portable CD-i player with a high-end Philips LCD screen. Requires the 9142 Docking Station to use the 9141 Digital Video cartridge.
  • CDI 350 - Lower-cost version of the 360 with a lower-resolution LCD display from Sharp. Requires the 9142 Docking Station to use the 9141 Digital Video cartridge.
  • CDI 310 - A professional-grade variant of the 360 with no display, but with an integrated floppy disk drive. Requires the 9142 Docking Station to use the 9141 Digital Video cartridge.
  • CDI 370 - A Philips-branded version of the GoldStar GPI 1200 (see Other Manufacturers).

GoldStar/LG

  • GDI 700 - A CD-i player intended for institutional and commercial areas, equipped with 32 KB of NVRAM and a serial port allowing up to 38.4Kbps connections for fast modem communications. It has integrated Digital Video capability, and was based on the Motorola 68341 Integrated CD-i Engine.
  • GDI 750 / 1000 - Based on the Philips CDI 450 player with a slightly modified CD lid. Uses a 68070 CPU like the Philips-built players, and is compatible with the Digital Video Cartridge.
  • GPI 1200 - A portable CD-i player based on the Motorola 68341 Integrated CD-i Engine not unlike the GDI 700, and with on-board Digital Video by default, making it more compact than Philips' own portable CD-i players with 9142 Docking Stations. Re-branded by Philips as the CDI 370 (see above).
  • GPI 1100 - Essentially a GPI 1200 without an LCD screen. Its compact design proved ideal for in-store and kiosk applications. Based on the Motorola 68341 Integrated CD-i Engine like the GPI 1200 and GDI 700, the GPI 1100 features on-board Digital Video capability.

Other Manufacturers

  • Sony Intelligent Discman - A variant of Sony's Discman series of portable CD players made to play CD-i discs. There were two models with an LCD display, the IVO-V10 and IVO-V11. The IVO-V11 is the improved version of the IVO-V10 that solved some compatibility issues and was compatible with CD-i IR pointing devices. There was also a model without an LCD screen. They were intended for professional usage and cannot accommodate the Digital Video cartridge.
  • DVS Video Engine 200 - Digital Video Systems, Inc. was a small company from the U.S. that made its own professional-use CD-i player, the Video Engine 200.
  • Bang & Olufsen - Denmark-based Bang & Olufsen sold a variant of their BeoCenter A/V appliances with an integrated CD-i player on top of the TV set's cabinet. Though the CD drive was marketed as a CD player and not directly as a CD-i player, the system (based on Philips hardware) could actually play all CD-i compatible disc formats.
  • Memorex CDI2200 - An OEM Memorex-branded version of the CDI 910 with a slightly modified front panel in a different color.
  • Grundig - Germany-based company Grundig sold OEM versions of the CDI 220 and CDI 470 as the CDI 100V and CDI 110E, respectively.
  • Kyocera - The Japanese company that had partnered with Philips during the early developmental years of the CD-i hardware, and had jointly developed the CDI 180 series with Philips. They also sold their own CD-i players, such as the Pro 1000S, a small portable unit that could be connected to an optional LCD screen.
  • NBS Lookman ID - A portable CD-i player with integral Digital Video capability, based on the GoldStar GPI 1100.
  • Vobis Highscreen - An OEM version of the CDI 450 sold by European computer retailer Vobis.
  • Manna Space - A rare Japanese re-branded version of the GoldStar GDI 750/1000. Only 100 of these players were ever made.

Matsushita (Panasonic) and Pioneer had developed several CD-i players of their own, but these had never made it past the prototype stage.

Misc.

  • Motorola 68341 Integrated CD-i Engine - A hardware architecture of the CD-i developed by Motorola used in players manufactured by GoldStar/LG.

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Consumer-grade Models

Professional-grade Models

Portable Models

GoldStar/LG Models

Other Brands