And now the most interesting I've found: check the press release they published also today:http://dune-hd.com/news/112-hdi-pres...-products.html
it contains not just a description of these models, but very interesting comparison with competitors.
Obviously. C-200 is meant. Some topics there are rather surprising (especially on the AACS keys problem and on the 8642/8643 comparison). Definitely worth reading!
Here is the text in case of any problems with the link:
HDI Dune company will show its new versions of hybrid Blu-ray/HD media players
during the 2 major exhibitions of Autumn 2009: IFA 2009 (September 4-9, Berlin, Germany. Hall 7.2a, booth 108),
and CEDIA Expo 2009 (September 10-13, Atlanta, USA. Hall B, booth 5751).
The new products are named Dune BD Prime 3.0 and Dune HD Base 3.0.
The BD Prime model includes Blu-ray drive and is capable of playing Blu-ray and
DVD discs as long as nearly any files from a diversity of storage types which can
be connected via USB, eSATA or Ethernet/Wi-Fi. The HD Base model doesn't contain
Blu-ray drive but has a compartment for easy changeable 3.5" DATA HDD.
The rest of the stuff is totally equivalent in these models, they have also the
Both 3.0 version products feature Sigma Designs 8642 chip, more than twice more
powerful than the previous 8634 chip model: 667 Mhz against 300 MHz.
It grants even faster GUI than before, allows much more fluent support of any "heavy"
applications including BD-J (Java), Flash Lite 3, Web browsers, etc.
1 Gb/s Ethernet now is included by default. Both in 100Mb/s and 1Gb/s modes
the network speed is now enough for watching any even most heavy contents
(like highest bitrate Blu-ray ISO), and of course it's much better now
for copying large quantities of data via players (to/from internal or connected
Wi-Fi option can be added both inside as a mini-PCI-form board with MII interface
and with 3 antennas attached to the back side of the units, and also
outside as USB stick solution.
2.5" SATA HDD option can be installed inside of the case (opening the case is
needed, so recommended for distributors to help their customers and preinstall
the needed HDD before selling).
Here is a list of the major differences of our 3.0 models from the already announced
competitive solutions on 8642/3 chip (most of the differences are valid also
to any other competitive solutions based on other chips):
1. 8642 chip
Our 3.0 solutions are based on Sigma Designs 8642 chip, not on the 8643 one.
We'd like to remind that every odd version of Sigma chips is a functionally reduced
variant of the chip with the _previous_ even number (i.e. 8643-8642. 8635-8634, ...).
Odd versions inc. 8643 and 8635 are never meant for playing any copyright-protected
materials (like Blu-ray and DVD) and are mostly meant for cheap IPTV/VoD
set-top-boxes. For example, Macrovision support is enabled in 8642 chips and disabled
in 8643 ones. So only Dune players on 8642 chip have no limitations with output
of protected video through analog video interfaces.
Also 8643-based players can not be legally sold in any AV-stores as Blu-ray players
(for example, with some preinstalled Blu-ray drive), for Dune BD players there
is no such limitation and you'll be able to find them not only in Internet.
2. eSATA interface
eSATA interface now available in the basic configuration for the fastest
possible external HDD and other attached storages with SATA or eSATA interface.
Only when connecting equipment via this interface direct SATA operation mode
is possible. And of course, you don't need to open your player to be able
to connect any new SATA/eSATA equipment any time.
in general, any Dune player is fully Plug-and-play. You don't need to have
any special experience working with PC components and you can use your player
directly from store, w/o opening it and risking to damage anything inside.
If you need a player with Blu-ray drive you can buy Dune HD Prime 3.0
and start using it immediately. If you don't need Blu-ray drive inside just
buy Dune HD Base 3.0 with or w/o HDD and you are ready to go!
4. real Blu-ray player
(a) real Blu-ray players like Dune BD Prime 3.0 use specialized BD drives
(called "loaders"). BD loaders are substantially cheaper in production
than any PC Blu-ray drives. Of course, it means less expenses for end-users
of Dune players in the end...
(b) as a real Blu-ray player Dune BD Prime 3.0 contains factory-preinstalled
AACS keys (needed for decrypting any original Blu-ray discs) of type A.
These keys are fixed for this very type of the BD loader and they have
no time constraints.
In contrast, any player with PC BD-ROM drive must have AACS keys of
type C to be able to work with original Blu-ray discs.
The major problem with the keys of this type is that by definition they
expire after 1.5 year after the player is made. After this period the
manufacturer would need to buy new keys for all their users and install
them somehow (unique key for every player!), otherwise the ability to
playback original discs is lost.
5. Fanless operation
special cooling design for Sigma processors allows not to use any active cooling
systems (like fans) in Dune BD Prime 3.0.
It allows 100%-noise-free operation and absence of any parts which "wear out"
in time and may need changing from time to time in the future.
Cooler use can be also avoided in the Dune HD Base 3.0 player if using one of
the HDD recommended models (the list will be available later).
For HD Base 3.0 it will be possible to switch on/off using the cooler via Setup
(no need to open the cover).
6. IR remote by default with integrated receiver,
option: RF remote with Z-Wave
The basic package of the both models will include our standard IR remote.
Infrared receiver is integrated inside of the unit.
But if you want to control player with RF signals, this option will be
also available separately during Q4 2009. Our solution will be based on
Z-Wave RF standard (technology currently owned by Sigma Designs,
previously by Zensys), supported by some models of Logitech Harmony (890, 1000),
Philips Pronto and Nevo remotes. We'll also suggest a cheaper option of RF
remote under Dune brand.
With Z-Wave support any Dune 3.0 player will be able to serve as a center
of your very affordable Smart Home system.
light and compact design will fit nearly any already existing equipment in
your home. Also it's easy to relocate players
Information on our digital VFD display can be easily seen on much higher
distances under nearly any angle (in contrast, information on LCD displays
have VERY limited visibility)
higher system flash memory (at least 1GB) allows to include much more
features in the future with firmware upgrades.
Specialized BD-Live memory (at least 1GB) allows to use full function
of any Blu-ray disc w/o adding any aditional storage by user
10. fast and convenient GUI
as for the previous 8634-based models, our GUI implementation is based on
direct work with graphics primitives of Sigma processor and doesn't use
any heavy intermediate libraries/technologies (like Web-browsers).
It allows us to keep superiority in the speed of the players' GUI
over competitive solutions.
Also as before, our GUI is very simple and intuitive and so it is suitable
for anybody who can operate a standard DVD player. So our players are
"friendly" to children, elders and second halves. You will not need to
keep any special player for other family members...
11. F/w state in general
We'd like to remind that our company was the first one who presented hybrid
Blu-ray/HD media player solution nearly one year ago (at IFA 2008).
And of course, all the features of hybrid devices developed and
polished during this year on Prime/Base 1.0/2.0 products on 8634 chip are here
in our new 3.0 players, including full support of Blu-ray and DVD ISO images
and directory structures (inc. menu, subtitles, sound tracks, BD-J,
BD-Live features, etc), auto frame-rate feature, full support of MKV
(inc. high bit-rate), SMB/UPnP resources browser, so on (see the specs)
For the US market support of this well-known VoD service will be added via free
firmware upgrade during Q4 2009 - Q1 2010.
To be continued...
The only information we can currently disclose concerning the future
price of the new products and availability time is the following:
retail price of HD Base 3.0: in the interval of EUR 270-320 inc. VAT;
retail price of BD Prime 3.0: in the interval of EUR 350-399 inc. VAT;
availability: Q4 2009.
More concrete details will be published after our discussions with our current
and future distributors during the pointed exhibitions,
i.e. after the middle of September...