CSR Brings Quality Bluetooth® Audio to Entry-Level Portable Music Speakers

  CSR Brings Quality Bluetooth® Audio to Entry-Level Portable Music Speakers

  Cost-Optimised CSR8605™ Device Streams Music from Smartphones, Tablets and
         Other Mobile Devices for a Portable Shared Audio Experience

Mobile World Congress 2013

Business Wire

BARCELONA, Spain -- February 25, 2013

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today introduced the BlueCore® CSR8605™
single-chip ROM Bluetooth® music streaming device, a cost-optimised, highly
configurable solution that delivers a quality audio experience to the
extremely price-sensitive entry-level market for wireless portable music
speakers.

Bluetooth 4.0 qualified, the highly integrated CSR8605 device builds upon the
tremendous success CSR has already achieved in this market with a
next-generation design offering rich music enhancement capabilities usually
found only in much higher-featured products. Key features include five-band
music equalisation, volume boost and remote control (AVRCP) support to enable
users to Play/Pause and Forward/Rewind streaming music from buttons on their
portable music speaker.

“Bluetooth technology has captured the market for shared listening as the
connectivity choice for streaming music from smartphones and tablets to
wireless portable speakers,” said Chris Havell, Senior Director of Audio at
CSR. “The CSR8605 device embodies CSR’s pedigree for Bluetooth audio quality
to deliver a cost-optimised solution specifically tailored for differentiated
entry-level portable music speaker products.”

The device is already shipping in volume to ODMs and OEMs, and a variety of
wireless portable speaker products will be available this year under popular
brand names.

The CSR8605 device is a low-power mono A2DP sink solution that enables a new
class of quality, low-cost portable wireless music speakers. This low-power
solution integrates a Bluetooth radio, baseband, an enhanced Kalimba DSP
co-processor, mono audio DAC and ADC, battery charger, application software
and an extensive array of I/O interfaces, including I2C, three LED drivers and
plenty of general purpose PIOs in a single chip. The integrated peripherals in
the QFN packaged device reduce the number of external components required,
including no requirement for external codec, battery charger, SMPS, LDOs or
balun, to ensure minimum system and manufacturing costs.

As the latest addition to CSR’s Bluetooth audio ROM solutions, the CSR8605
offers the ability to customise many of the software features to achieve a
particular sound and ambience, and create a quality portable experience. The
CSR Configuration Tool offers ease of design with the flexibility to
differentiate, and can be used to adjust Bluetooth 4.0 specification features,
reconnection policies (like reconnect on power-on), a variety of audio
features including five-band equalisation with up to six banks of user
selectable presets, button events, voice prompts, LED indications, event
tones, battery divider ratios, advanced multipoint settings for connecting to
up to two A2DP sources, and more.

The CSR8605 also supports CSR proximity pairing and CSR proximity connection
for fast and easy wireless music sharing enjoyment.

The BlueCore CSR8605 Bluetooth music streaming device is available now in
production quantities. Please contact CSR for pricing information.

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 e-mail external.communications@csr.com

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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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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
CSR8605 device, and their performance characteristics in wireless music
speakers and other consumer electronic devices, and other future events and
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Contact:

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