CSR Throws Spotlight on Wireless Networked Audio and Bluetooth Smart Technologies at CES 2013

  CSR Throws Spotlight on Wireless Networked Audio and Bluetooth Smart
  Technologies at CES 2013

 More than 40 Public and Private Demos Underscore Diversity of CSR Solutions
                           for Consumer Electronics

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Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 7, 2013

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today unveiled at the 2013 International
Consumer Electronics Show a bold array of demonstrations of turnkey hardware
and software solutions that manufacturers can use to deliver exciting
capabilities and differentiating features in the next generation of wireless
and networked audio products and a variety of Bluetooth® Smart devices. With
more than 40 public and private demonstrations at the show, CSR underscores
the diversity of wireless connectivity, voice and music, advanced imaging and
printing, automotive infotainment and indoor location and navigation solutions
it is providing to the world’s most popular consumer electronics brands.

New Platforms for Wi-Fi Enabled Audio

At the show, CSR is demonstrating its leadership in Wi-Fi® enabled home audio
by introducing the Sonata™ networked media processor and the VibeHub™ and
VibePlayer™ networked audio platforms. These turnkey hardware and software
solutions will make it easier for manufacturers to rapidly create a broad
range of affordable DLNA-Certified® intelligent audio hubs and low-cost,
portable, battery-powered wireless speakers and speaker docks with Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart connectivity that will allow people to enjoy
very high-quality, synchronised multi-room audio throughout the home, indoors
and out.

“Networked, wireless home audio and the smart home present exciting new
opportunities for CSR, and we have put a huge effort into building upon our
proven technologies to create exciting new solutions for consumer electronics
manufacturers in these markets, as evidenced by the extent of the
demonstrations we are presenting at this show,” said Patrick Little, senior
vice president of sales and marketing at CSR. “Our µEnergy and Wi-Fi
technology opens the door to exciting new applications in the home, outdoors
and on the road by enabling smart devices and sensors to interact with each
other to automate many common tasks and provide greater convenience. Our
turnkey solutions make it easier for manufacturers to bring new applications
to market quickly and cost effectively.”

New Platforms for Sound Bars

CSR is also introducing two new platform solutions that will enable OEMs and
ODMs to quickly and easily develop a full range of high-quality,
cost-optimised sound bar products with Bluetooth wireless subwoofers
addressing the low to high ends of this growing market. From a single-chip
platform for sound bars based on the CSR8670™ wireless audio SoC
(system-on-chip) to a fully integrated and scalable solution based on the CSR
MAPX™ multimedia applications processor SoC family, these turnkey hardware and
software platforms give consumer electronics manufacturers the greatest
flexibility to address all segments of the market with a comprehensive range
of products from a single vendor.

New Low-Latency aptX for Gaming

CSR will also be demonstrating numerous Bluetooth enabled headphones, speaker
docks, sound bars, tablets and smartphones that incorporate CSR aptX®
technology for delivering high-quality audio over wireless connectivity. The
aptX audio codec now features in consumer audio products from leading global
brands such as Beats®, Creative®, Denon®, Monster®, Nokia®, Samsung®,
Sennheiser® and many others.

In addition, CSR will be giving what is believed to be the first practical
demonstration of its aptX Low Latency audio codec being used to empower
Bluetooth connectivity to deliver action-synchronised, high-quality audio to a
wireless gaming headset. By overcoming Bluetooth’s inherent inability to allow
users to play games interactively with synchronised high-quality audio and
visual action, the aptX Low Latency codec opens the door to new markets for
Bluetooth, making possible “universal” headsets serving both high-fidelity
wireless audio and gaming applications.

Elsewhere, CSR will be demonstrating the superb audio performance and
software-driven configurability of its unique DDFA® all-digital amplification
technology which employs direct digital feedback to make extremely efficient,
compact, multi-channel, high-quality audio power amplifiers for a variety of
speaker systems designed for the home and for in-car entertainment.

µEnergy Platforms for Bluetooth Smart

CSR has extended its leadership in ultra low power connectivity technology
with a collection of CSR µEnergy® Bluetooth low energy solutions that OEMs and
ODMs can customise to rapidly develop new and innovative Bluetooth Smart
fitness, smart home and human interface products. Various practical
demonstrations of these Bluetooth Smart solutions illustrate the revolutionary
possibilities that CSR µEnergy technology can enable across a range of
applications, allowing, for example, smart devices and sensors to interact
with each other to automate common tasks and provide greater consumer
convenience.

SiRFusion Platform for Location-as-a-Service

CSR will demonstrate its innovative SiRFusion™ location platform at this
year’s show. SiRFusion combines GNSS, Wi-Fi and pedestrian dead-reckoning
measurements on a smartphone platform with indoor maps to provide an
unparalleled user experience. This capability will be demonstrated live,
together with CSR Location Services, a new, cloud-based location service
platform that enables seamless indoor/outdoor positioning augmented with
proximity awareness and geo-fencing for rapid deployment in asset and data
management applications for enterprise and government systems.

AtlasVI Platform for Automotive Infotainment

On the automotive infotainment front, CSR will demonstrate a number of
automotive-grade multimedia SoC, location, connectivity and audio
technologies. For example, one demonstration shows the SiRF AtlasVI™ platform,
the latest-generation, location-aware, multimedia SoC from CSR, performing a
number of graphics-intensive applications combined with in-vehicle use cases
for Bluetooth Smart; another demonstration shows how the SiRFstarV™, the
latest-generation, location-aware SoC is capable of simultaneously tracking
GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and COMPASS global navigation satellite systems.
Finally, the UniFi® CSR6000™ Wi-Fi demonstration highlights the exciting range
of use cases for in-car Wi-Fi, while another automotive infotainment
demonstration proves the concept of using Bluetooth to stream high-quality
audio within the vehicle by making use of the CSR aptX audio codec.

COACH Platforms for Digital-SLR Cameras

A collection of the latest CSR COACH™ video and image processor-based cameras
will be demonstrated, highlighting advanced video, connectivity and image
quality features.

All of this and more will be presented in the CSR booth #MP25179 and private
suites during the show. Attendees wishing to view the private demonstrations
should contact CSR for an appointment.

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
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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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