updated 03:45 pm EDT, Tue May 26, 2009
Sanyo SSD navi systems
Sanyo Japan has recently announced the upcoming release of two of its in-dash navigation and entertainment systems, the NVA-GS1609FT and NVA-GS1409DT, each equipped with a solid state drive (SSD). Dubbed AV Gorilla, the double-DIN head units sport 480x240-pixel 7-inch LCD touchscreen displays. The NVA-GS1609FT has a 16GB SSD, half of which is dedicated for storing map and navigation data. The other 8GB can be used to rip music from inserted CDs at up to 12x speeds or 8x speeds while simultaneously playing back the music. DVDs are supported, but cannot be ripped.
The built-in Gracenote database categorizes ripped music tracks to make them easier to find once on the SSD. The integrated amplifier is rated at 43W x 4, while supported files include AAC, MP3 and WMA. Terrestrial digital broadcast and 1Seg B-CAS tuners let driver and passengers watch live video broadcasts. Drives connected via USB can play back their MP3 and WMA files via either system, and there is an SD card slot in both. An included iPod cable lets users integrate their portable music collections.
While users are in navigation mode, a split screen allows them to search for a location while still showing the map of current location. An Eco-Drive mode keeps track and informs drivers of how aggressively or smoothly a car is driven and how long it's idled via the GPS sensor and onboard computer.
The NVA-GS1409DT has a smaller 8GB SSD that contains only map information. It can still rip CDs, although only to an inserted SD memory card.
The NVA-GS1609FT will cost the equivalent of $1,740 when it launches in Japan on June 20th, while the NVA-GS1409DT will cost about $1,420 when it is released on June 25th. [via Impress]