Comparison table of all Philips and Philips-build consumer CD-i players

All CD-i players are similar in terms of audiovisual features and processor performance. There are only minor differences between the various models which are indicated for all Philips and Philips-built consumer players in this table.

Please refer to the bottom of this page for a description of used terms and abbreviations in this overview. There is also some information about Philips' version indication method, check this page for info about unlisted versions such as /05 and /17.



Philips consumer CD-i players
Version Shell IR NV-RAM DVC I/O DO CDM PCB
CDI 205/00 1st RC5 8 KB 9141 A - 9 Mini-MMC
CDI 210/00 1st RC6 8 KB 9141 A - 9 Mono-I
CDI 210/20 1st RC6 8 KB 9141 A - 9 Mono-II
CDI 210/40 2nd RC6 8 KB 9956 B - 12.4 Mono-III
CDI 210/60 2nd RC6 8 KB installed B - 12.1 Mono-IV
CDI 220/00 1st RC5/6 8 KB 9141 A - 9 Mini-MMC
CDI 220/20 1st RC6 8 KB 9141 A - 9 Mono-I
CDI 220/40 2nd RC6 32 KB 9141 A - 9 Mono-II
CDI 220/60 2nd RC6 32 KB 9956 B Yes 12.4 Mono-III
CDI 220/80 2nd RC6 32 KB installed B Yes 12.1 Mono-IV
CDI 450/00 2nd - 8 KB 9956 C - 12.1 Roboco
CDI 470/00 2nd RC6 8 KB 9956 B - 12.1 Mono-IV
CDI 470/20 2nd RC6 8 KB installed B - 12.1 Mono-IV
CDI 490/00 2nd RC6 32 KB installed B - 12.1 Mono-IV
CDI 550/00 2nd - 8 KB installed C - 12.1 Roboco
CDI 740/00 2nd 6 32 KB installed D Yes 12.1 Mono-IV
FW380i/00 2nd - 8 KB 9956 C - 12.1 Mono-III based
FW380i/20 2nd - 8 KB installed C - 12.1 Mono-III based
21TCDI30/00 2nd 6 8 KB installed A - Mono-III


Special and OEM versions
Philips Type ID Brand Indication Description
CDI 910/xx Philips CDI 910 US version of CDI 205, lauch model October 1991
CDI 200/xx Magnavox CDI 200 US version of CDI 210
CDI 205/17T Memorex CDI-2200 OEM version of CDI 205, sold by Tandy
CDI 210/48,68 Philips CDI 210 Adapted for Grolier
CDI 210/56,76 Philips CDI 210 Adapted for Planeta
CDI 450/03 Magnavox CDI 5000 European Magnavox version of CDI 450
CDI 450/17 Magnavox CDI 450 American Magnavox version of CDI 450
CDI 450/80,84 GoldStar GDI-1000 OEM version of CDI 450, sold by LG Electronics
CDI 450/81,82,85,86 GoldStar GDI-750 OEM version of CDI 450, sold by LG Electronics
CDI 450/83 Highscreen OEM version of CDI 450, sold by computer retail store Vobis
CDI 220/82,83 Grundig CDI-100V OEM version of CDI 220/80, sold by Grundig
CDI 470/17 Magnavox CDI 470 American Magnavox version of CDI 470
CDI 470/80 SBR CDI-4000 OEM version of CDI 470, sold by SBR
CDI 470/81 TaliLaser TL-2000 Adapted for TaliLaser
CDI 470/82 Brandless for universal OEM usage


Terms and abreviations

Shell
Indicates the revision of the CD-i player shell that is used in a player. Basically, their were two major different versions, each of which also had slightly different versions. The latter ones are not indicated. The 1st generation player shell was officially designed for the professional CDI 60x players, but it was used in the first generation of consumer players as well. The 2nd generation player shell is a bit more colorfull, and contains some animations.

IR
Indicates which Infra Red devices can be used with the player. RC5 (to be more specific: Enhanced RC5) is used by the early Thumbstick controller. RC6, which allowes for pressure differences resulting in various speeds of the cursor movement, is used in the CD-i Commander.

DVC
Indicates which Digital Video cartridge can be installed in the player. 9141 refers to the 22ER9141 cartridge, which provides its video signal in an analogue way into the player. 9956 refers to the 22ER9956 which had a digital connection to the player. There a absolutely no differences in performance with both cartridges, however minor differences exist. Refer to
Digital Video cartidges overview.

I/O
Indicates what combination of general I/O ports for pointing devices (such as a mouse or a Roller Controller) and serial ports are available on the player.
A - Front port can be used for pointing devices, back port for pointing devices or RS232 devices.
B - Front port can be used for 1 pointing device, or 2 pointing devices when a splitter is used. Back port can only be used for RS232 devices.
C - Port can be used to connect 1 pointing device, or 2 pointing devices or a pointing device and an RS232 device when a splitter is used.
D - Front ports can be used to connect 2 pointing devices, back port can only be used for RS232 devices.

DO
Indicates wether or not a Digital Out port is availbe on the player. This standard S/PDIF port is only used when playing CD-Audio discs. It delivers no signal when playing a CD-i disc.

CDM
Indicates the version of the CD loading mechanism that is used. The versions are internally used at Philips to indicate follow-up versions and improvements. The older CDM-9 is generally considered to be very reliable, and even capable of reading good quality CD-RW discs, although it is no MultiRead drive.

PCB
Indicates the version of the Printed Circuit Board (or maindboard) used. Some players where produced with different PCBs, this is indicated in the
version-number. Mini-MMC stands for Mini Multi Media Controller, which was a new version of the PCB used in the early CDI 181 player, but it was still very large resulting in big devices. Mono indicates the newer Monoboard-PCBs which combined a variety of player essentials in lesser ICs using very large scale integration. There were various versions of the Monoboard.

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