CSR Licenses aptX® Low Latency Codec to Mad Catz® for New Family of Bluetooth® Wireless Gaming Headsets

  CSR Licenses aptX® Low Latency Codec to Mad Catz® for New Family of
  Bluetooth® Wireless Gaming Headsets

Innovative Headsets to Deliver High-Performance Audio for Games, Music, Movies
                                   and More

Mobile World Congress 2013

Business Wire

BARCELONA, Spain -- February 25, 2013

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced that Mad Catz Interactive
(NYSE MKT: MCZ) has signed a multi-year licensing agreement to use the CSR
aptX® Low Latency audio codec, expected to feature in a new family of
‘GameSmart’ headsets that Mad Catz plans to introduce in the coming months.
The new headsets are expected to break the barrier between the wireless audio
and gaming worlds, enabling consumers to use one headset that works equally
well whether using their tablets, smartphones, laptops or other
Bluetooth-equipped devices to play action games, listen to their favourite
music or watch movies and videos.

“This breakthrough CSR aptX technology is enabling us to create a new category
of high-performance GameSmart wireless headsets that we know will deliver
audiophile sound for games and audio alike,” said Darren Richardson, Mad Catz
CEO and President. “The aptX technology allows us to deliver realistic,
interactive, action-synchronised sound when gaming by eliminating the audio
sync issue, while providing high-quality stereo audio over Bluetooth.”

High-quality Bluetooth audio has an inherent latency of more than 150 ms.
While this can be compensated for in various ways to ensure that the lips
match the speech when watching a movie, where this delay is constant, the gun
shots, bomb blasts and other intermittent and unpredictable sound effects in
gaming environments make this kind of compensation unfeasible. For
action-synchronised sound when gaming, this delay must be less than the 40 ms
recommended for audio-video (AV) applications. CSR aptX Low Latency for
Bluetooth reduces the latency to just 32 ms, which is well under this limit.

“We welcome Mad Catz into the aptX ecosystem, and congratulate them for their
vision and innovation in being first to recognise and fulfill the need for
this new breed of wireless headsets,” said Jonny McClintock, Director of aptX
Sales and Marketing at CSR. “With more and more people using their smartphones
and tablets to play games, in addition to other more traditional audiovisual
entertainment, many of them will be turning to high-performance wireless
headsets, like those Mad Catz will be introducing, that can work equally well
for high-fidelity stereo audio and gaming applications.”

Although standard Bluetooth technology can be used to stream stereo audio
wirelessly from mobile handsets, tablets and other audio entertainment devices
to headphones, headsets and speakers, its inherent delay is not suitable for
video or gaming applications. CSR aptX Low Latency technology is designed to
solve this problem as well as delivering superior CD-quality audio, enabling
Bluetooth to be used for a variety of audio-visual (AV) and gaming
applications.

Visit CSR at Mobile World Congress 2013

CSR is exhibiting an exciting range of platform solutions for Voice & Music,
Bluetooth Smart and Indoor Location at the CSR booth [Hall 6, Stand 6D35] at
Mobile World Congress 2013. To book a meeting or demonstration with CSR at
Mobile World Congress please email external.communications@csr.com

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About Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) is a global provider
of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz®
(gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also
develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios™;
operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; publishes games
under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for
third parties. For additional information please go to http://www.madcatz.com

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
aptX® Low Latency audio codec, , and their performance characteristics in Mad
Catz’ GameSmart headsets 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 aptX® Low Latency audio
codec, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products,
and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR aptX® Low
Latency audio codec or consumer electronics products containing such
technology, related products or modifications to such products’ capability,
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Contact:

Russell Lindsey
Rocket Communications
+44(0)845 370 7024
csr@rocketcomms.net
 
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