Inputs and Outputs
Product Overview: The PMD-B100
Blackbird is a portable GPS navigator and digital entertainment system, all in
one. Combined with detailed maps, the Blackbird provides automatic routing,
turn-by-turn voice directions, and touchscreen control. The unit also includes a
built-in traffic receiver (subscription needed). In addition to these
navigation features, the Blackbird can play MP3 and WMA files.
SD/MMC Card Slot: The Blackbird
can play back MP3 and WMA audio files from an optional SD memory card or
MultiMediaCard. The audio player allows you to repeat the songs in the current
folder, or play the songs in random order.
The Blackbird comes loaded with detailed maps of the United States and Canada.
The maps feature approximately 6-million points of interest (POIs), such as
hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions.
Touchscreen Display: The unit
features a bright, 3.6" (diagonal) LCD with touchscreen controls. The display
has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.
Map Display Modes: The main map
display contains the following information: current position icon, current
street name, next street name, distance to destination, direction to
destination, estimated time remaining/estimated time of arrival, distance to
next maneuver, next maneuver arrow, map orientation, map scale, and GPS status
bar. The Route Mode can be set to one of the following modes:
- Arrow: allows you to
switch between the main map display and Arrow Mode, which displays three
successive arrow maneuvers all the way to your destination while providing
turn-by-turn guidance prompts
- Split: allows you to
switch between the main map display and Split Arrow/Map Mode, which displays
a large arrow and larger next-street-name font along side a map screen while
providing turn-by-turn guidance prompts
Destination Input: The
Destination Menu gives you many different ways to choose your destination:
- Address: you can input
your destination's address by street and city
- Point of Interest: you can
enter a Point of Interest by place name or place type
Destinations: allows you to choose your destination from a list of
- Coordinates: allows you to
choose a destination by entering its latitude and longitude
- Address Book: if a
location has already been placed into your personal address book, you can
recall the location for use as a destination
- Intersection: you can
enter the intersection of two streets and make it your destination
- Home: if you have
registered a location as "home", you can enter "Home" as your destination
Waypoints: You can set up to 10
waypoints from your current location to the current destination.
POI Icons: The navigation
system can display up to 37 different Points of Interest icons around the cursor
position when you scroll the map. These include ATMs, banks, gas stations,
grocery stores, hotels/motels, parking lots, convenience stores, bed and
breakfasts, post offices, hospitals, and restaurants.
Displaying the Entire Route:
The navigation system allows you to view the entire route so you can verify if
the route calculation is correct.
Route Calculation Method:
Depending on the time of day, you may want to alter the way the system
calculates the route. You can choose from the following route calculation
- Quickest: calculates the
most efficient way to arrive at your destination
- Shortest: calculates the
shortest route to your destination
- Maximize Freeways:
calculates a route that makes most efficient use of freeways
- Minimize Freeways:
calculates a route that uses mostly surface streets
- With/Without Toll Roads:
calculates a route with or without toll roads
- With/Without Ferry: when
calculating a route, you can set whether to use a ferry or not
Off-route Recalculation: If you
deviate from the suggested route, the system can recalculate a route to get you
back on the way to your destination.
Detour Function: If during a
route you require the system to detour around an obstacle, you may use the
Detour button to automatically recalculate a new route.
Trail Feature: The Trail
feature allows you to turn on and off trail dots that appear wherever the
vehicle icon traverses. This is especially helpful for off-road enthusiasts.
When indoors, you can activate the built-in simulator and practice using the
unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.
Trip Information: The Blackbird
keeps track of the following trip information:
- Driving Average: average
speed since Trip Info was reset
- Overall Average: average
speed since start of trip
- Maximum Speed: maximum
speed reached on current trip
- Driving Time: time vehicle
has been moving since the trip was reset
- Idle Time: time vehicle
has been stopped since the trip was reset
- Total Time: total elapsed
time on the trip, which is always the driving time plus idle time
GPS Status: You can view the
dynamic location information received from satellite such as signal strength,
compass (direction information), latitude/longitude, approximate altitude, and
Map Screen Orientation: You can
select one of the following map screen orientations:
- North Up: the map display
is positioned so that north is always at the top of the screen. The Present
Vehicle Position icon will rotate on the map.
- Heading Up: the Present
Vehicle Position icon can be positioned so that its current direction is
always pointing to the top of the screen. In this case, the icon remains
frozen in the center of the display while the map rotates with each turn.
Estimated Time Display: When
the system calculates a route, it also estimates the time it will take to arrive
at the destination. It will display this estimate as the arrival time, or the
time remaining to reach the destination.
Screen Color Mode: You can
select one of three color modes for the display screen:
- Day: has a lighter,
- Night: has a darker
background and is easier to see at night
- Auto: display
automatically switches between Day and Night at sunrise and sunset
When the built-in FM transmitter is active, it broadcasts music and voice
prompts to an available frequency on your FM car radio. The FM transmitter can
be set to one of the following frequencies: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, 88.7, 88.9, 106.7,
106.9, 107.1, 107.3, 107.5, 107.7, or 107.9 MHz.
Built-In Traffic Receiver:
The Blackbird feature a built-in
traffic receiver that supports the optional NAVTEQ Traffic RDS service with a
subscription which displays real roadway information in real time from multiple
sources on the Blackbird's screen. NAVTEQ Traffic RDS includes traffic
information from top local sources, including police, video cameras and
departments of transportation. This information is continuously updated,
processed and delivered wirelessly, instantly to the Alpine Blackbird. NAVTEQ
Traffic RDS even features color-coded roadways to illustrate the average speed
of traffic for the road you are traveling and unique icons to indicate
accidents, stalled vehicles, road construction and road closures. The Alpine
Blackbird can use this traffic information to create a smarter and quicker route
to your destination. NAVTEQ Traffic RDS map coverage currently covers 42 major
cities in the United States and is still growing. Visit
up-to-date market coverage.
Note: Currently the
Blackbird comes with a Free 90 day trial of NAVTEQ Traffic RDS right out of
the box. Upon conclusion of the 90 day trial period, the NAVTEC Traffic RDS
service is available through NAVTEQ for a standard annual fee of $60.00. The
Traffic feature is only available when the Blackbird is placed in the cradle
or optional docking station.
Optional Wireless Remote Control:
The Blackbird can be controlled by the optional Alpine RUE-4140 wireless remote.
Optional Docking Station: The
optional PMD-DOK1 docking station allows you to connect the Blackbird to a
compatible Alpine Multimedia Station or stand-alone display.
Power Requirements: The Blackbird
operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter
power adapter, the Lithium-polymer battery, or household current using
the supplied AC adapter. Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not lost when
the unit is disconnected from a power source.
Antenna: The built-in antenna
is located in the unit's back panel and must be flipped up during navigation. An
optional external antenna (PMD-ANT1) may be needed when operating the unit with a
coated windshield or an in-screen heating system, which can block the GPS
signal. The unit has an external GPS antenna jack with an MCX-type connector.
Mounting Options: The unit
should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a
mounting cradle that includes a suction cup. The suction cup can be used to
mount the unit to the windshield or to the dash (using the plastic mounting
disk). Once the Blackbird is mounted, it can be adjusted for best visibility.
Note: If you're not
using a remote antenna, the unit must be installed where it has a
relatively unobstructed view of the sky.
Pro.Fit Bracket Compatibility:
The Blackbird is compatible with the Pro.Fit Legend series Vehicle Specific
Mounts (VSM). The Blackbird can also be used with the regular Pro.Fit VSMs when
combined with the EZ-1026 easy swivel adapter.
Interface Capability: This unit
can be connected to a PC via the supplied USB cable. This interface allows you
to download additional map information to the unit's memory.
Inputs and Outputs
Top Panel of Blackbird:
- Headphones: minijack
- USB: USB Mini-B Type 2.0
that allows you to connect the Blackbird to a computer using the supplied
- Antenna: MCX-type
connector that allows you to connect an optional external GPS antenna
- Cradle Connector:
proprietary port that interfaces with the supplied cradle and allows you to
connect the supplied AC power adapter
- Antenna: SMA-type
connector that allows you to connect an optional external GPS antenna