CSR Combines Audio and Connectivity to Drive Connected Car Applications

  CSR Combines Audio and Connectivity to Drive Connected Car Applications

 CSRC9300™ Combines Auto-Grade Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® Smart Ready and aptX® Audio
                            to Differentiate Cars

Telematics Detroit

Business Wire

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, UK -- June 5, 2013

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces the launch of the CSRC9300™,
the first auto-grade chipset to combine Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® v4.0
connectivity with audio capabilities. The complete solution will enable car
manufacturers to deliver future connected car applications, such as Miracast
over 5Ghz, and keyless entry using Bluetooth v4.0. The chipset will be
demonstrated for the first time on CSR’s stand #65 at Telematics Detroit 2013
from June 5 - 6.

“Bluetooth is a major priority and we recognize that adoption of in-vehicle
Wi-Fi is increasing,” says Thomas Carmody, Head of Connectivity Marketing at
CSR. “CSR is leading the way with CSRC9300, enabling our customers to easily
create the connected car of the future. So we have created a chipset that
combines CSR’s best of breed automotive grade Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 and audio
technologies to allow us to support this growing market and enable our
customers to differentiate their products.”

The solution will provide:

  *Next-generation Wi-Fi for high-bandwidth applications
  *Bluetooth v4.0 Smart Ready for the low-power connectivity ecosystem
    Complementary audio, including aptX for high-fidelity wireless streaming

The CSRC9300 enables next-generation 5Ghz Wi-Fi connectivity with the 802.11a
standard, which is set to support a number of exciting new applications for
the car including in-vehicle video streaming. By moving high bandwidth
demanding applications to the 5Ghz frequency, designers can avoid congestion
on the 2.4Ghz frequency in the vehicle which is also used for Bluetooth and
Bluetooth Smart Ready communications. The chipset will also support the latest
Wi-Fi features, including Wi-Fi direct and its services, which will enable
more seamless Wi-Fi connectivity between cars and the latest smartphones on
the market.

The chipset also contains Bluetooth v4.0 support which enables low-power
connectivity and basic data transfer for applications previously limited by
the power consumption, size constraints and complexity of other wireless
standards. By including Bluetooth v4.0, the chipset will enable applications
such as proximity and keyless entry applications. It will also allow consumers
to securely connect to their cars, so they can have data such as lock/unlock
status sent to their Bluetooth Smart Ready enabled smartphones.

In addition, the chipset incorporates audio offloading capabilities such as
on-chip support for wideband speech codec processing, and Advanced Audio
Distribution Profile (A2DP) decoding for high-fidelity wireless audio.
CSRC9300 will also include CSR’s award winning aptX audio codec to ensure
consumers can stream CD-quality audio over Bluetooth from aptX-enabled
smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4.

By combining and optimizing both software and hardware elements of the
chipset, CSR has reduced engineering efforts for companies looking to
integrate the device into next-generation designs. Existing customers can also
reuse their software investment in existing CSR Bluetooth and Wi-Fi solutions,
while migrating to the new solution, to enhance their existing designs. The
hardware components required to power the CSRC9300 have also been minimized,
providing significant cost savings. CSRC9300 also offers a single, flexible
solution for designers with a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable device, as well as a
Wi-Fi only variant in the same automotive grade package.

Additional product features:

  *Wi-Fi subsystem on the CSRC9300 is provided by a RAM firmware image,
    allowing customers the flexibility to introduce changes to the Wi-Fi
    operation of their systems
  *Concurrent network support on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies gives designers
    additional flexibility in managing their in-vehicle wireless networks
  *Excellent Wi-Fi throughput performance
  *Bluetooth and Wi-Fi coexistence tailored for automotive use cases
  *CSRC9300 will be supported on important automotive platforms such as
    Linux, Windows Automotive, QNX and Android

Engineering samples for the CSRC9300 are now available.

Notes to editors

CSR will be demonstrating its automotive product portfolio, including the
CSRC9300, at Telematics Detroit 2013, stand #65. The company will be showing
enhancements to its SiRFatlasVI™ and SiRFprimaII™ infotainment platforms that
support emerging applications such as 3D navigation and wireless audio
streaming and control. For full details of what CSR will be demonstrating at
the show visit the CSR blog: http://www.csr.com/blog/.

Bluetooth definitions:

  *Bluetooth 4.0 - the latest Bluetooth® standard that incorporated
    Bluetooth® Low Energy technology
  *Single mode Bluetooth 4.0 – refers to the devices that only support Low
    Energy but not classic Bluetooth radio
  *Dual mode Bluetooth 4.0 – refers to the devices that support both Low
    Energy as well as classic Bluetooth radio
  *Bluetooth Smart – the marketing marking for an end product built on a
    single mode Bluetooth 4.0 chipset
  *Bluetooth Smart Ready – the marketing marking for an end product built on
    a dual mode Bluetooth 4.0 chipset

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 optimized
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.

Contact:

US:
March Communications
Nate Hubbell, +1-617-960-9875
csr@marchpr.com
or
UK:
Rocket Communications
Russell Lindsey, +44(0)845 370 7024
csr@rocketcomms.net
 
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