World’s Thinnest Wireless Touch Surface Enabled by CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart
CSR Offers Glimpse of Future Computing Interfaces with Paper-Thin Wireless
SUNNYVALE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom -- September 3, 2013
Bluetooth® Smart innovator CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) has developed the
world’s thinnest wireless touch interface to demonstrate the revolutionary
potential of the technology for computing interfaces. The flexible device,
which is less than 0.5 mm thick, turns any area into a touch surface.
Combining CSR’s low-power wireless technology with the latest in printable,
flexible electronics and touch screen sensing, the device can be used to
extend the touch interface of tablets and smartphones.
Lightweight and flexible, the device can be integrated into a protective cover
or used to create large touch zones on a desktop. With minimal weight and
bulk, a full keyboard experience can be added to a tablet without taking up
valuable screen area. Thin enough to slip behind the pages of a notebook, it
can be used to pick up handwriting and sketches from the nib of a modified
The paper-thin surface is wirelessly connected using the recently launched
CSR1010® chip, part of the CSR µEnergy® range, which is optimized solely for
Bluetooth Smart. This allows it to connect to the latest iOS7 mobile devices
and Windows 8 PCs using a fraction of the power of standard Bluetooth,
enabling market-leading battery life and maintaining the smallest form factor.
Touch latency is also minimized to less than 12mS, ensuring near instant
visual feedback and enabling a seamless user experience.
“Consumers want innovative, portable wireless accessories that just work with
their mobile devices,” says Paul Williamson, Director of Low Power Wireless at
CSR. “The ultra-thin touch surface we’ve developed is a perfect example of how
Bluetooth Smart can give them just that. We’re committed to working
collaboratively with developers using the CSR µEnergy platform to help them
bring similar next-generation accessories to the market quickly.”
CSR partnered with Atmel and Conductive Inkjet Technology (CIT) to develop the
ultra-thin wireless touch surface. The device uses Atmel’s touch silicon to
sense multiple contact points on a surface, and can offer a full touch surface
or power optimized key detection. The flexible membrane is enabled by CIT
printed conductors. CIT’s reel-to-reel printing process enables copper and
other conductors to be applied to the surface of the ultra-thin and flexible
membrane, and can be printed to fit a range of tablet shapes and sizes.
CSR’s ultra-thin touch surface will be unveiled to customers for the first
time at IFA Berlin (Hall 1.2 Stand 104) from September 6-11, 2013.
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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
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