January 10, 2006

Alpine Blackbird PMD B100 GPS

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the market leader in the high fidelity and high performance mobile equipment has recently launched it's latest innovation a portable navigation device (PND) called the Blackbird PMD-B100. The system can be docked to system and it also has an integrated traffic receiver. Nice looking piece - I guess if GPS receivers can play music, why can't Alpine get into GPS? Music/GPS combo units are coming, so get used to it as a standard feature set for units $400 and up.

With the Global Positioning System (GPS), it can give turn-by-turn navigation information from the pre-incorporated comprehensive NAVTEQ map coverage information for the maps of USA (including Hawaii and Alaska) and Canada.

The device runs on the Microsoft Windows CE platform. All controls and functions are easily manageable from the larger touch-screen in-dash monitor or with an optional remote control. The 3.6-inch digital LCD touch screen delivers 16.7 million possible colors and anti-glare technology for easy at-a-glance visibility. You can extend and update the Map information by connecting it to a computer using a built-in USB 2.0 connection or you can directly put in information using the built-in SD/MMC card slot.

The PMD-B100, Portable Navigation System has the capabilities of playing all your favorite music tracks, it supports all formats like: MP3, WMA, and WAV. The ever entertaining FM produces an incredible sound coming out of super quality amplified speaker. What'd you expect? It's from Alpine. The issue is that the number of FM modulation stations is fixed - see features below.

It includes a cigarette lighter power adapter, a carrying case and wiping cloth, a PC mini-USB cable, a replaceable 1200 mAh lithium polymer battery, owner's manual and quick reference guide.

Blackbird (PMD-B100) will be in markets in January at an estimated retail index of $750. www.alpine.com

Alpine Blackbird (PMD-B100) Features Included:


# Turn-by-turn GPS navigation system
# Maps of USA and Canada onboard
# 6 Million Point of Interest (POI) locations
# 7 POI map icons
# Mounting cradle with built-in FM modulator and amplified speaker
# USB 2.0 Connection for map database updates
# Centrality Atlas II ARM9 CPU with embedded 16 channel GPS

LCD Display

# 3.6" digital LCD with anti-glare touch screen and 16.7 million possible
# Ambient light sensor automatically controls display brightness.
# Remote control sensor

Music Playback

# Playback from MMC/SD Card Slot
# Stereo audio jack for headphones
# MP3, WMA, and WAV Playback

Alpine Blackbird (PMD-B100) Specifications:


# Power Requirement (Hand-held Mode): AC Adapter: 5V @ 1.5A
# Power Requirement (Cradle Mode): Cigarette Lighter Adapter 12 V @ 2A
# Stereo audio jack size: 3.5mm
# Stereo audio jack output (S/N): 90 dB

FM Frequency Selection: Frequency Band (14 Selections)- 87.7 MHz, 87.9 MHz,
88.1 MHz, 8.3 MHz, 88.5 MHz, 88.7 MHz, 88.9 MHz, 106.7 MHz, 107.1 MHz, 107.3
MHz, 107.3 MHz, 107.7 MHz, 107.9 MHz
# Chassis Size (W x H x D) in: 5-3/4" x 2-7/8" x 1-1/16"
# Weight: 0.5 lb

LCD Display

# Screen Size: 3.6 inch
# LCD Type: TFT Active Matrix
# Illumination System: LED


# Battery Type: 1,200 mAh lithium ion battery
# Dimensions (W x H x D): 62mm x 7mm x 39mm
# Weight: 1 oz (28g)
# Remote Control (Optional)
# Model Number: RUE-4140
# Battery: 2 x "AAA"
# Weight: 0.06 kg (2.1 oz.)

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 10, 2006 5:16 PM

Recent Comments

I bought the Blackbird at Best Buy in Alpharetta, GA. Had it for one day and returned the unit. Accuracy was off by 100 yards, would say to turn after you had missed your road. I bought the Tom Tom 910 afetr the return. Alpine is just not ready.

Posted by: R. Boyd at May 8, 2006 10:15 AM
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