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)

  • MCD212

  • 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)

  • MCD221

  • 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)

  • M68000

  • Motorola Inc. - 1992
    This archive contains Programmer's Reference Manual and Errata documents for the M68000 Microprocessor family. The M68000 family consists of 16/32 bit general-purpose microprocessor devices with varying external bus sizes and a common base instruction set. The Green Book specifies an M68000-compatible main processor for all CD-i players; an actual MC68HC000 is used in the Sony IVO portable CD-i players. Download m68000.zip (1.97 MB - PDF + TXT in ZIP)

  • SCC68070

  • Philips Semiconductors - November 1990 / April 1993
    This archive contains Technical Information documents for the SCC68070 Highly Integrated Microprocessor. The SCC68070 consists of an 68000-compatible CPU core, a two channel DMA controller, two serial channels, three timers, an I²C interface and a serial interface. It is used in all Philips players except the CDI 370 portable.
    Download scc68070.zip (8.80 MB - 2x PDF in ZIP)
    Note: There are some inaccuracies and inconsistencies in these documents.

  • MC68341/MC68341V

  • Motorola, Inc. - November 1995
    This archive contains Product Information and Manual documents 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 Philips CDI 370 / Goldstar GPI 1200 portable players and on the I²M cards.
    Download mc68341.zip (1.75 MB - 4x PDF in ZIP)

  • TMP68301A/TMP68303/TMP68305

  • Toshiba - 1994
    This archive contains Technical Information chapters for the TMP683xx Microprocessor with Integrated Peripherals models. These processors consists of an 68HC000 CPU core and model-dependent numbers of DMA controllers, serial and parallel interfaces and timers. The TMP68305 is used in the Kyocera Pro-1000S portable player.
    Download tmp683xx.zip (15.3 MB - 3x PDF in ZIP)

  • DSP56001

  • 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)

  • M48T08

  • 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 an492d.pdf (3.89 MB - PDF)

  • 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.pdf (1.17 MB - PDF)
    Note: See also Chapter 9. Input devices of the Technical Documentation for CDI 605 / 605T Users documents in the CD-i Technical Documentation section.

  • Technical Info Keyboards

  • Philips Interactive Media Systems - May 1993
    Technical specification about CD-i keyboards, including the connector pin layout, the data signal format and device identification. This is the original specification covering so-called 'K' and 'X' mode keyboards.
    Download keyboards.pdf (1,44 MB - PDF)
    Note: See also Chapter 9. Input devices of the Technical Documentation for CDI 605 / 605T Users documents in the CD-i Technical Documentation section.

  • CDI Keyboard Specification

  • N.V. Philips Industrial Activities Hasselt - September 1996
    Updated technical specification about CD-i keyboards, including the data signal format and device identification. This covers both newer so-called 'T' mode and the original 'K' mode keyboards.
    Download keyboards_1996.pdf (918 KB - PDF)

  • Download New CD-i Keyboard Drivers for CDI 450 & 380

  • N.V. Philips Interactive Media Centre - July 1996
    Document describing the downloading of drivers for the CD-i keyboard 'T' mode into the CDI 450 and 380 players. This is needed because these players do not support the regular CD-i keyboard 'K' mode on splitter port.
    Download keyboard_drivers.pdf (2.14 MB - PDF)

  • Technical Info CD-i Picture Quality

  • Philips Interactive Media Systems - December 1992
    Information about obtaining the best possible pictures from your CD-i player, esp. choosing the right connection (RGB, Y/C, CVBS, RF).
    Download picture_quality.pdf (467 KB - PDF)

  • CD-i to be extended with Full-Motion Video

  • Philips Interactive Media Systems - May 1991
    Announcement of Full-Motion Video extension for Philips CD-i players.
    Download fmv_extension.pdf (625 KB - PDF)

  • 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)

  • CD-i Patents

  • 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)

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