Mitsubishi Announces 1DIN In-car Blu-ray Disc Player

Feb 16, 2009
Naoshige Shimizu, Nikkei Electronics
Mitsubishi Electric's new 1DIN Blu-ray Disc player
Mitsubishi Electric's new 1DIN Blu-ray Disc player
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Mitsubishi Electric Corp announced Feb 12, 2009, that it developed a 1DIN automotive Blu-ray Disc (BD) player that has only 1/3 the volume of the company's home BD player.

It aims to commercialize the player in fiscal 2009. A prototype of the product measures 50 x 178 x 180mm. It supports BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE. The price has yet to be set.

There are two main factors that contributed to the small size. First, Mitsubishi Electric increased the board density by 1.5 times. Second, the company reduced the thickness of mechanical parts while improving the anti-vibration performance of the equipment.

Specifically, the level of disc runout was reduced to 1/5 that of the company's existing products. By reviewing the mechanical design with the use of a vibration analysis technology, the company made the improvements without adding a damper.

The new BD player is expected to be used in combination with Mitsubishi Electric's car navigation systems. However, the player uses Linux as its operating system (OS), while the car navigation systems employ Windows CE.

"Home BD players normally use Linux, so we developed the player based on it," the company said.

Mitsubishi Electric also explained about a technology to receive digital terrestrial TV broadcasts when the vehicle is running at a high speed. Although it depends on the signal reception environment, digital terrestrial TV broadcasts can be received with four antennas when the car is running at 200km/h, the company said.

This was enabled by a function to automatically switch filters, etc that correct signal distortion in accordance with the vehicle speed. The speed is estimated from the variation in the reference signals included in the broadcast signals.