Un nouvel émulateur de CDI va bientôt sortir (septembre 2005) pour le plus grand bonheur de tous. Il s’agirait du second ému de Philips CDI disponible, apparemment déjà très avancé par rapport à son prédécesseur.

The CD-i Emulator program provides a fairly complete emulation of the hardware of a CD-i player. The program is currently in a controlled beta test and will be available for Windows starting September 2005. A limited edition will be available for free, a small fee will be required for the full version.

In order to actually run CD-i software, the emulator needs copies of the CD-i player ROMs. These ROMs are copyrighted and cannot be freely redistributed, but you can easily obtain them via the serial port of a physical CD-i player. For this you need a so-called CD-i Nullmodem Cable that will be available separately, or you can make your own.

At the current time only the ROMs from a subset of CD-i players are fully compatible with the emulator; this is being worked on and future player compatibility updates will be free. Full details will be available when the software is released.

A reasonably fast PC is needed to get acceptable performance; a Pentium 1.5 GHz is probably about minimal. If your hardware cannot keep up you will not be able to emulate in real-time and audio will skip unless you turn it off, but the emulator will still run and the CD-i sofware won’t even know it isn’t running at full speed.

The emulator does not currently support emulation of the Digital Video Cartridge, except for the extra memory it contains; for some CD-i software this is enough. This will be remedied in a future version.

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