I never give up!!
Started back tracking thanks to a slow week at work with a 10gb internet connection (yes, it's good to be the king!)
The MDP-01 is basicly a data adapter that allows the compact flash/microdrive to interface into the ISO "CAN" buss which is a popular interface in european audio for cars such as the Audi, BMW. The standard is used to provide a comman interface for such things a navigation, cd changer and cell phone; sort of a USB type interface for cars if I understand it correctly.
The MDP-01 uses the MC912D60 controller chip which is a programmable chip used primarly in RS232 buffering into the ISO CAN bus.
I have not given up on interfacing it into my 99 Ranger yet, this time I going to try the premium Ford Focus MP3 head unit which is made by Blaupunkt for Ford, I found a site were a owner of a BMW found that the plug on the MDP-01 plugged into his CAN interface in his car and by golly it worked! Well the hopeful part of this is that the Ford Focus unit has the exact same interface plug. After a couple more emails to Blaupunkt's tech supprot they claim that the MP3 player won't work on any headunit other that the aftermarket ones they sell; all this boils down to to that it may work if the Ford Blaupunkt will support the CAN interface, by the way the CAN and CD changer port have the eact same pin pattern, Blaunpunkt tech support told me that the MDP-01 wouldn't work on the "cd changer port"....
Well I should have my Ford Focus Blaupunkt MP3 player by the end of the week, I haven't got the ISO plugs to connect power and speakers but that's available for an extra 10 bucks locally.
It's interesting to dig into something new, I have learned a lot about car audio in the last two weeks! It's amazing how well the european car audio companies have their act togather and actually make products that work with each other's products and share comman physical interfaces. I'm even taken a crash course in German since most the good technical stuff is in Germon, thank god for Google's "translator" function!