CD-i Technical Documentation / System
On this page, you will find several technical documents related to CD-i hardware components and other system related subjects. Most of them are in Portable Document Format, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print them.
MONO II Player Status
Philips Media Electronic Publishing - February 1994
This document is a technical summary of the status of the MonoII players. It begins with some general information and then gives specific problem reports. If workarounds are known they are presented.
Download mono2status.zip (428 KB - 1x PDF in ZIP)
Motorola, Inc. - 1995
This documents describes in full detail the MCD212 Video Decoder and System Controller that is used in CD-i players. It delivers extensive information about CD-i's video features, including technical aspects such as memory handling.
Download mcd212rev0.zip (546 KB - 1x PDF in ZIP)
Motorola, Inc. - February 1995
This documents describes in full detail the MCD221 CD-Interface and Audio Processor (CIAP) that is used in CD-i players. It delivers extensive information about CD-i's audio features and the way the system communicates with the CD drive.
Download mcd221tsrev0.zip (219 KB - 1x PDF in ZIP)
Motorola, Inc. - November 1995
This archive contains the Product Information and Manuals for the MC68341 Integrated CD-i Engine. The MC68341 consists of an 68020 CPU, a two channel DMA controller, two serial channels, a timer and a serial interface. It is used in the CDI 370 portable, among others.
Download mc68341.zip (1795 KB - 4x PDF in ZIP)
Motorola, Inc. - May 1998
This archive contains the technical data for the DSP56001 Digital Signal Processor that is used in the Digital Video cartridge.
Download dsp56001.zip (689 KB - 4x PDF in ZIP)
STMicroelectronics - May 1999
This documents describes in full detail the M48T08 Timekeeper RAM. This IC contains SRAM that is used in CD-i players as NV-RAM, as well as a real-time, battery backed clock.
Download m48t08.pdf (149 KB - PDF)
CD-i Base Case Video Board
Motorola Ltd. - July 1994
This application note describes the design of a CD-i Base Case Video (BCV) board which forms part of the Motorola CD-i Development System (MCDS).
Download bcv.zip (2732 KB - 1x PDF in ZIP)
Technical Info Pointing Devices
Philips Interactive Media Systems - August 1990
Technical specification about CD-i pointing devices, including the connector pin layout, the data signal format and device identification for mice, joysticks, graphic tablets and touch screens.
Download pointing_devices.zip (914 KB - JPEGs in ZIP)
CD-i Nullmodem Cable Specification
Philips Professional Products - 1995
This document describes the full pin-layout to connect a CD-i player to a PC or Macintosh via the serial port. Please refer to Can I connect a CD-i player to a terminal display? in the FAQ for more information on how to use this connection.
Download cdi_nullmodem.jpg (86 KB - JPEG)
Application Note 'CD-i Ready' disc
Philips Interactive Media Systems - October 1991
Technical specification of the 'CD-i Ready' type disc. CD-i Ready is an Audio-CD with CD-i data located in the pre-gap before track 1. Contains info for producers of CD-i players and creators of CD-i titles.
Download cdi_ready.zip (664 KB - JPEGs in ZIP)
CD-i Y2K Statement
Philips Electronics NV - August 1998
Official statement from Philips about any year 2000 related CD-i issues. It describes ways on how to bypass possible problems when using MS-DOS formatted media in conjuction with a CD-i player.
Download cdiY2k.pdf (70 KB - PDF)
Philips System Standards & Licensing - December 2000
This document describes the CD-i specific parts of Philips' CD patents, including the countries in which they are filed and their expiration dates. More info about CD patents can be found at Philips Licensing.
Download cddiscgeneralrcdiexhIII.pdf (6 KB - PDF)