CSR µEnergy® Chip Powers Mad Catz® GameSmart Mobile Gaming Accessories

  CSR µEnergy® Chip Powers Mad Catz® GameSmart Mobile Gaming Accessories

 Bluetooth® Smart Device is a Game Changer for Next-Generation Controller and
                                     Mice

Mobile World Congress 2013

Business Wire

BARCELONA, Spain -- February 25, 2013

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced that its µEnergy™ platform
for Bluetooth v4.0 low energy connectivity is powering several next-generation
wireless game controller and mouse products in the new Mad Catz GameSmart™
mobile gaming accessory product family. Mad Catz is using this CSR Bluetooth
Smart™ solution to provide the GameSmart technology powering its new
C.T.R.L.^R Wireless GamePad, R.A.T.^M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse and
M.O.U.S.^9 Wireless Mouse, which are designed to meet the high expectations of
gamers wanting controller and console-like accessory functionality for their
tablets and mobile/smart devices.

Mad Catz will be demonstrating the C.T.R.L.^R Wireless GamePad product at the
CSR booth [Hall 6 Stand 6D35] during Mobile World Congress, using it to
wirelessly interact with Windows 8 tablet games.

“We firmly believe that Bluetooth Smart is a key technology for mobile
devices, and as a prominent leader in Bluetooth Smart technology, CSR is a
logical choice for supplying this critical component in our range of wireless
GameSmart products,” said Darren Richardson, Mad Catz President and CEO. “The
CSR 1011 µEnergy device we employed gives us a single-chip solution with
industry-leading battery life and high levels of responsiveness and
performance, essential for console-like gaming on mobile devices.”

The Bluetooth Smart technology provided by CSR enables GameSmart control
products to be game and hardware independent, have a simplified setup process,
deliver longer battery life and provide universal compatibility. Bluetooth
Smart offers direct connectivity to Windows 8 platforms, as well as to many
smartphones and tablets, and GameSmart products provide a CSR8510™-based USB
nano-dongle for use with legacy platforms.

The single-chip CSR1011™ µEnergy device Mad Catz chose provides not only the
convenient Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity for these new GameSmart
accessories, but also all the functionality needed to rapidly detect and
process the multiple, fast-paced digital and analogue inputs that result from
gamers manipulating the controller and mice. It offers a complete, optimised,
low-energy solution, with RF, baseband, microcontroller, qualified Bluetooth
v4.0 stack and the ability to run a customer application.

Fully equipped with triggers, media controls and dual analogue sticks, plus
shoulder and action buttons, the C.T.R.L.^R Wireless GamePad brings a fully
featured, low latency, console-like experience to any compatible smart device.
With an adjustable palm rest, 12 action buttons (including 10 programmable),
the R.A.T.^M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse is the first to combine the power of
Bluetooth Smart technology with a gaming-grade laser sensor and market-leading
battery life for optimum performance. Designed for everyday use, the
M.O.U.S.^9 Wireless Mouse is based on its gaming mouse sister and can track on
virtually any surface, even glass, for home and office applications.

“We share the Mad Catz vision for the future of control devices for mobile and
tablet platforms and Bluetooth Smart technology’s place in it as the emerging
standard for accessories, and we look forward to working with them as their
GameSmart family of products evolves,” said Paul Williamson, Director of
µEnergy at CSR. “By working closely with innovative partners like Mad Catz,
CSR is able to continue to provide market-leading Bluetooth low energy
solutions geared to the unique needs of our customers.”

Visit CSR at Mobile World Congress 2013

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

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 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

Notes to Editors

The CSR µEnergy platform addresses the needs of ultra low power connected
devices by unlocking the potential of the Bluetooth low energy standard and
providing everything required to create innovative Bluetooth Smart products
such as the Mad Catz GameSmart mobile gaming accessories. The CSR µEnergy
platform has been optimised to support only Bluetooth low energy features,
allowing products to be tiny, cost-effective and power-efficient, and may be
used in simple sensors such as step counting foot pods, heart rate monitors or
key fobs, as well as in more complex low-power devices such as game
controllers and mice, keyboards and remote controls.

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
Bluetooth Smart solution, and their performance characteristics in the Mad
Catz GameSmart mobile gaming accessory product family and other consumer
electronic devices, 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 Bluetooth Smart solution, and their performance characteristics in
consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future
release of CSR’s Bluetooth Smart solution or consumer electronics products
containing such technology, related products or modifications to such
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Contact:

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