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ALPINE ships highly anticipated IVA-W505 mobile multimedia station


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Double-DIN Head Unit Offers Easy All-In-One Audio, Video and Navigation Control

TORRANCE, Calif.– Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, announced its IVA-W505 Mobile Multimedia Station™ ($1,100 SRI) is now shipping to authorized Alpine dealers in the U.S. and Canada. The IVA-W505 is a full-featured DVD/CD/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX audio/video head unit that boasts a new, intuitive graphical interface and touch-screen control over virtually any digital media source in the car, as well as Bluetooth® connectivity. The 2-DIN unit also serves as the in-dash docking station for Alpine’s PMD-B200 Blackbird portable navigation device, enabling consumers to enjoy the car-to-car convenience of a portable unit while also gaining the myriad benefits of a fixed navigation system.

“The IVA-W505 is the ultimate navigation and entertainment command center for the vehicle,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing and product planning, Alpine Electronics. “It can serve as a base for an audio/video plus navigation system, and it is one of two Alpine in-dash units that offer the new iTunes Tagging feature.”

Intuitive User Interface and Comprehensive Source Connectivity
The IVA-W505’s 7-inch WVGA touch-screen monitor enables users to easily access and control all their favorite media sources from one place. As an Ai-NET source unit, the IVA-W505 can connect to and control all of today’s most popular digital entertainment sources and communication formats, including satellite radio, HD Radio™ with multicasting, MP3/WMA players with MTP protocol and mass storage devices, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. (Separate adapters and/or subscriptions required.)

Enhanced iPod Functionality
The IVA-W505 is one of two 2008 Alpine in-dash head units that feature iTunes® Tagging in collaboration with HD Radio, which makes it easy for listeners to discover and catalog new music they hear while driving. When the Alpine TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner is connected (sold separately), consumers simply press a button on the IVA-W505 when they hear a song they like from an HD Radio station that is broadcasting metadata. Information about these Tagged songs is stored by the TUA-T550HD and transferred to the iPod. When the iPod is connected to the computer, iTunes automatically presents the songs in a new Tagged playlist so the user can preview, buy and download the Tagged songs.

The IVA-W505 connects to iPod classic, iPod video (fifth generation), iPod nano (first through third generations) or iPod Touch via a direct high-speed USB connection. Earlier-generation iPods with a dock connector can link to the IVA-W505 via Alpine’s KCE-422i Full Speed Connection for iPod cable (sold separately). The IVA-W505 can control and play back video from iPod classic, iPod video (fifth generation), iPod nano (third generation) and iPod Touch.

Highly Flexible Navigation Options
The IVA-W505 serves as the in-dash docking station for the PMD-B200 Blackbird portable navigation device (sold separately). The IVA-W505’s motorized faceplate slides down to a 90-degree angle to reveal a DVD/CD slot and dedicated Blackbird slot. Once the Blackbird is docked inside, all of its navigation features and user controls are transferred to the IVA-W505’s larger touch screen display, creating a fully integrated audio/video plus navigation (AV+N) in-dash system. Since the Blackbird comes with Bluetooth hands-free calling, the Bluetooth capabilities are also accessible through the IVA-W505 when the Blackbird is docked.

About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is a global supplier of automotive mobile media solutions including audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and portable device connectivity systems for original equipment and aftermarket applications. Alpine is at the forefront of vehicle entertainment and information system innovation, with many first-to-market technologies such as portable navigation that docks into an in-dash unit, iPod® integration, full-range digital amplification and automated acoustical correction sound systems.

With manufacturing and R&D facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America, and more than 1,600 global patents, Alpine’s premium sound systems and user-friendly navigation products combine the latest in advanced technology with an enhanced user experience.

Alpine is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world’s premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. Visit www.alpine-usa.com to learn more about Alpine products or to find an authorized retailer.

ALPINE IVA-W505 2-DIN MOBILE MULTIMEDIA STATION
SPEC SHEET

Connectivity Features:

* DVD-R/-RW/CD/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX playback
* Built-in dock for PMD-B200 Blackbird™ Portable Navigation Device
* Direct USB and/or Full Speed Connection™ for iPod® with album art display (if available)
* iPod video control for select iPod models
* USB MTP support for MP3 players, mass storage drives
* Satellite Radio Ready (separate hardware and subscriptions required)
* HD Radio™ Ready with iTunes® Tagging and multicasting (TUA-T550HD required)
* Bluetooth® Ready (KCE-300BT or PMD-B200 required)
* Full speed auxiliary input to mini-jack cable (KCE-236B required)
* A/V input/output, rear camera input
* Single-zone rear seat output with independent source control

Control Features:

* 7-inch WVGA touch screen display
* Quick Search™
* Steering wheel remote ready
* Remote control included

Audio Features:

* 24-bit DAC
* DVD-Audio 2-channel down-mix
* DivX, DVD +/-R/RW playback
* Full processor control
* DTS®, Dolby Digital® and Dolby Pro-Logic II® support
* IMPRINT™ Ready with dual input capability (PXA-H100 audio processor required)
* Power Pack Ready (KTP-445 amplifier upgrade required)
* 3 pre-outs (2V), subwoofer level control
* CEA-2006 Power Ratings: 18W x 4 RMS

Availability – Now at authorized Alpine dealers
Suggested retail index – $1,100



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