[CEATEC] I-O Data, Hitachi Maxell to Release iVDR Player for 20,000 Yen

Oct 4, 2007
Naoki Asakawa, Nikkei Electronics
The prototyped iVDR player
The prototyped iVDR player
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Equipped with a range of cable ports to maintain compatibility with older TVs
Equipped with a range of cable ports to maintain compatibility with older TVs
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I-O Data Device Inc. and Hitachi Maxell Ltd. will release a player that can replay videos recorded in "iVDR-S" removable HDDs in early 2008. At CEATEC, a prototype was presented at the booth of Hitachi Ltd., which is promoting the iVDR specification. Pricing is expected to be around 20,000 yen.

The most expected application is the use in combination with so-called second TVs, which are ones found in rooms other than the living room. The companies expect users to record programs using the Hitachi "Wooo" and other iVDR-S compatible TVs in the living room, take out the iVDR-S media and bring them to the bed room, for example, to watch the recorded programs on TVs there.

The player can also be used to replay iVDR-S packaged media, which Hitachi is considering commercializing.

The player uses the "EM8622" decoder LSI supplied by Sigma Design Inc. of the United States. For video output, it features HDMI, D4, S-Video and multi AV cable ports. The player also supports a variety of video encoding formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9, Divx and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.

Equipped with USB2.0 and LAN ports, the player probably can be used as an external HDD as well. Supported content protection formats are SAFIA, HDCP, Macrovision and CGMS-A. Dimensions are 198 x 26 x 163 mm.