CSR Debuts Single-Chip Audio Solution for Wireless Entry-Level Sound Bars

  CSR Debuts Single-Chip Audio Solution for Wireless Entry-Level Sound Bars

   CSR8670™ Platform Strikes Optimal Balance between Cost, Performance and
                                   Features

2013 International CES: 2013 International CES:CSR

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 7, 2013

Enhancing the scalability and flexibility of its wireless sound bar portfolio,
CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today introduced a single-chip hardware and
software audio platform solution, based on the proven CSR8670™ Bluetooth®
audio system-on-chip (SoC), that OEMs and ODMs can employ to quickly and
easily develop high-quality, entry-level sound bar products. Complementing the
mid and high-end MAPX™ based sound bar platform solutions, the CSR8670 cost
optimised solution delivers the audio processing power and software feature
set required for creating a variety of entry-level sound bar products.

By integrating the DSP, a microcontroller, analogue and digital interfaces and
wireless connectivity into a single SoC device, CSR is able to significantly
reduce overall system complexity and BOM cost. This offers OEMs and ODMs a
fast and easy solution for creating single-chip 2.0- or 2.1-channel sound bar
designs that support analogue and digital inputs, audio decoding and post
processing, wireless subwoofers and Bluetooth® music streaming from
smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops.

Until now, products of this kind have needed to employ a number of discrete
components: a DSP for audio decoding and post-processing, a microcontroller
for system control and user interface, a proprietary RF interface IC for
low-latency subwoofer connections, and a Bluetooth RF IC for connectivity to
smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops. This made for a complex and expensive
solution, especially for cost-sensitive markets.

By extending its reach into the entry-level market, CSR gives manufacturers
the greatest flexibility to address all segments of the sound bar market, from
low end to high end, with a comprehensive range of solutions from a single
supplier. The versatility of the CSR sound bar portfolio enables OEMs and ODMs
to easily create entry-level products based on a single-chip CSR8670 design,
with the possibility to then scale up to more fully featured offerings that
combine both CSR8670 and MAPX devices. As with all other CSR8670-based
designs, this single-chip entry-level sound bar system can be enhanced with
CSR aptX® technology to provide premium audio wireless streaming sound
quality.

A private, invitation-only demonstration of this entry-level sound bar
solution, as well as a preview of the mid-range MAPX-based CSR wireless sound
bar platform, are taking place during the International CES 2013 show in room
907, SpringHill Suites by Marriot, Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8-11.
Attendees wishing to view the private demonstration should contact CSR for an
invitation.

All CSR’s news at CES can be found on its online press kit:
http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/2013-International-CES/CSR/

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About CSR

CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions for the
location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms are optimised
for the automotive navigation and infotainment, digital cameras and imaging,
connected home infotainment and wireless audio markets. We provide solutions
to complex problems in the audio-visual, connectivity and location technology
domains across a broad range of markets, with a technology portfolio that
includes GPS/GNSS systems, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, FM, NFC, aptX® and CVC™ audio
codecs, JPEG, MPEG, H.264 imaging, PDL printing, microcontrollers, DSPs and
broadband receivers. CSR's technology solutions and market platforms enable
its customers to deliver a superior user experience and are adopted by leaders
in the auto, computer, home and mobile markets. More information can be found
at www.csr.com. Keep up to date with CSR on our technical blog or CSR people
blog, YouTube, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc

CAUTIONARY NOTE ON FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain statements (including statements
concerning plans and objectives of management for future operations or
performance, or assumptions related thereto) that are not historical facts and
constitute ‘forward looking statements’ within the meaning of the United
States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 in relation to CSR’s
single-chip audio hardware and software products and the CSR8670 Bluetooth
audio system-on-chip technology, and their performance characteristics in
sound bar products and other consumer electronic products, and other future
events and their potential effects on CSR. These forward-looking statements
can be identified by words such as ‘will,’ ‘can deliver,’ offers', 'allows',
'to enhance,’ ‘enables,’ 'designed to', and other similar expressions
regarding the performance characteristics of CSR’s single-chip audio hardware
and software products and the CSR8670 Bluetooth audio system-on-chip
technology, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics
products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s
single-chip audio hardware and software products and the CSR8670™ Bluetooth®
audio system-on-chip technology or consumer electronics products containing
such technology, related products or modifications to such products’
capability, functionality or features are subject to ongoing evaluation by CSR
and its customers, and may or may not be implemented and should not be
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Contact:

US:
Lori Evans
Evans Public Relations
+1(650)200-5891
csr@evanspublicrelations.com
or
UK:
Sally Brown
Rocket Communications
+44(0)845-370-7024
csr@rocketcomms.net
 
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