CSR Breaks Barrier to Affordable Home Audio Networks

  CSR Breaks Barrier to Affordable Home Audio Networks

 Sonata™ Networked Media Processor Debuts with Innovative DLNA® Platforms to
          Drive Down Cost of High-Quality, Multi-Room Entertainment

2013 International CES 2013 International CES:CSR

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 7, 2013

Many mainstream consumers may soon own and enjoy networked home audio products
thanks to two innovative system-level DLNA platforms introduced here today by
CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE). These fully integrated solutions will enable
manufacturers to quickly bring to market a range of affordable DLNA Certified®
products with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and Bluetooth Smart connectivity. The
introduction of the new Sonata™ networked media processor in combination with
CSR’s extensive portfolio of wireless technologies makes it easy to create
high quality, multi-room audio systems.

The complementary VibeHub™ and VibePlayer™ platforms work together to make it
practical and easy to enjoy very high-quality, synchronised multi-room audio
anywhere around the home, indoors and out, from local and cloud-based sources
over an existing home Wi-Fi network. The VibePlayer platform offers a simple
two-chip solution for building low-cost, portable, battery-powered wireless
speakers and speaker docks that can be used either stand-alone or as part of a
network. The VibeHub platform, based on the CSR Sonata processor, is used to
create fully featured intelligent audio hubs for the home that can
simultaneously pull content from digital media servers and Internet radio or
other cloud services, as well as Bluetooth streaming media source devices, and
intelligently route the audio to play on multiple VibeHub- and
VibePlayer-based products located anywhere on the home network. The whole
system can be controlled using an app on a smartphone, tablet or other smart
mobile device.

“Our entry into networked home audio builds upon our experience and expertise
as the leader today in wireless audio, enabling us to dramatically reduce the
cost of having multiple networked speakers around the home,” said Anthony
Murray, Business Group SVP at CSR. “We are removing all the complexities of
developing networked audio platforms by providing a full audio ecosystem that
‘just works’. Wireless audio is our passion, and we want to deliver incredible
audio quality for the consumer, regardless of whether they are streaming their
content from Wi-Fi or Bluetooth sources.”

According to Murray, the advancement that consumers will see is the seamless
way they can introduce new audio devices into the home and the ease and
flexibility with which they can send content to different speaker devices
around the home. The audio will be synchronised and of very high quality,
thanks to the aptX® codec technology CSR is using.

VibeHub and VibePlayer Platforms

The VibePlayer platform’s low-power, cost-optimised design is ideal for
creating affordable, portable, battery-powered wireless speakers, speaker
docks and similar products. With the VibePlayer platform’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
and Bluetooth Smart capabilities, manufacturers can create products that can
be used as traditional Bluetooth wireless speaker docks, but also as part of a
home Wi-Fi network, with the ability to play audio sent to it from DLNA
digital media servers and VibeHub-based products.

The fully featured VibeHub platform can be used to build wireless docking
systems, intelligent audio hubs, networked audio amplifiers and a wide range
of other intelligent DLNA Certified products. The platform’s Bluetooth
capabilities provide the important versatility of being able to stream audio
from a wide assortment of mobile devices, making it easy for guests to play
their favourite music over the home network when visiting without having to
join the home Wi-Fi network.


The new CSR Sonata networked media processor has been developed to support the
needs of powerful, feature rich, networked home audio platforms such as the
VibeHub platform. Its flexible architecture enables playback and forwarding of
audio from many sources, including Bluetooth streaming devices, DLNA servers,
Internet cloud-based services and USB and line-in inputs. In addition to
handling the distribution of various types of content around the home
concurrently, the Sonata processor enables the playback of identical content
among multiple rooms.

The Sonata SoC is designed around a high-performance ARM® Cortex™-A9 CPU and
Neon™ media accelerator that is more than capable of supporting not only the
advanced networked audio software CSR provides but also a variety of
additional features OEMs and ODMs can add to enable differentiation and
customisation. It integrates Wi-Fi and Bluetooth stacks together with UPnP®
and DLNA middleware to fully meet the processing demands of modern multi-room
HD multimedia content distribution. A diverse range of I/O capabilities, HD
graphics, touchscreen control and integrated ADCs and DACs round out the
Sonata offering.

CSR provides extensive audio development kits for both platforms that include
a range of software libraries with well-defined, high-level APIs. These kits
enable manufacturers to develop software to their unique specifications,
adding features like third-party audio processing algorithms or extra Internet
radio and cloud services, as well as creating a customised look and feel for
complete product differentiation.

A private, invitation-only demonstration of the VibeHub and VibePlayer
platforms is taking place during the International CES 2013 show in the
Springhill Suites, January 8-11. Attendees wishing to view the private
demonstration should contact CSR for an invitation.

Availability and Pricing

CSR is engaging now with OEM and ODM customers on their networked product
developments. Volume production of the VibeHub and VibePlayer platforms is
expected in mid 2013. Please contact CSR for pricing information.

All CSR’s news at CES can be found on its online press kit:


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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