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CSR Partners with Audio Expert Monster to Launch First aptX® Low Latency Enabled Tablet

  CSR Partners with Audio Expert Monster to Launch First aptX® Low Latency
  Enabled Tablet

 Monster Rises to Meet the Demand for Mobile Devices that Enable High-Quality
                                Wireless Audio

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom -- November 4, 2013

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces that Monster, Inc., famous
for creating high-performance headphones, connectivity solutions and A/V
accessories, has enabled its 7 inch Monster^® M7 Android-based tablet with
aptX^® Low Latency. The audio codec enables consumers using aptX Low Latency
enabled Bluetooth^®  headphones or speakers to watch videos and play games
while enjoying CD-like quality wireless audio on mobile devices with no lip or
action-synchronization issues.

“Monster’s tablet is the first device to market that matches innovative design
with a high fidelity, low latency wireless audio experience that is perfect
for listening to music, watching video or mobile gaming,” says Anthony Murray,
Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “Enabling this tablet with aptX
Low Latency demonstrates Monster’s commitment to maximizing the sound quality
and experience users can expect from their devices.”

Although standard Bluetooth technology can be used to stream stereo audio
wirelessly from mobile handsets and tablets to headphones and speakers, its
inherent latency of more than 150 ms is not ideal for video or gaming
applications. This is because there is a significant time lapse between the
sound and video experienced by the viewer.

CSR aptX Low Latency technology is designed to mitigate this problem by
delivering a total end-to-end latency of just under 40 ms, well within
recommended limits for audio and video synchronization applications. This
means consumers can enjoy watching video and playing games on their tablets
with their wireless audio devices, without the annoyance of speech or sound
effects such as gun shots being out of sync with what is on screen.

Monster also uses CSR aptX codec technology in a range of its high-fidelity
wireless speakers and headphones, including the Monster^® iSport^® Freedom^™
headphones and the Monster^® ClarityHD^™ speakers.

“We have always been dedicated to offering the best audio experiences possible
from our products and we wanted to continue this tradition with our first
tablet launch,” said “Head Monster” Noel Lee. “The aptX codec ensures our
portable speaker systems and headphones offer high-quality audio streaming
over Bluetooth, but with aptX Low Latency in the M7 we can take this one step
further by eliminating any audio/video sync issues.”

The Monster^® M7 tablet is its first device with aptX Low Latency and is
exclusively available now at Walmart.com, and soon at Sam's Club stores.

“Mobile gaming has exploded in recent years and this launch marks the point at
which we will see the consumer market really open up to using Bluetooth for
their wireless audiovisual entertainment needs,” concludes Murray. “We’re
really looking forward to seeing the aptX Low Latency ecosystem grow further,
enabling more people to enjoy the high quality audio experience that aptX is
famed for when they watch videos and play games.”

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.

About Monster

Monster was founded more than 30 years ago by Head Monster Noel Lee, a
recipient of the prestigious Plus X Award^®: Lifetime Achievement Award, as a
company dedicated to creating products that enhance the sound quality of
music. The company engineered the sound of the acclaimed Beats by Dr. Dre^®
headphones, and has become the world’s leading manufacturer of
high-performance, sonically superior headphones, all of which feature the
company’s Pure Monster Sound^™. Monster is also the world's leading
manufacturer of advanced connectivity solutions for high- performance home
entertainment, audio, home cinema, computer and gaming, as well as a leading
innovator in the field of mobile accessories and professional audio. The
company also provides high-performance AC power line conditioning and
protection products for audio/video systems, as well as energy-saving power
products. Monster continues to lead in innovation with over 300 U.S. and
international patents and dozens pending, offering more than 4,000 products in
over 134 countries worldwide.

Explore the world of Monster at www.monsterproducts.com. To become a fan of
Monster^® products, please follow us on Facebook

(www.facebook.com/monsterproducts) or Twitter
(www.twitter.com/monsterproducts).

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
aptX audio technology, and their performance characteristics in Philip’s
wireless audio devices 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’s aptX audio technology, and
their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their
potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s aptX audio technology or
consumer electronics products containing such technology, related products or
modifications to such products’ capability, functionality or features are
subject to ongoing evaluation by CSR and its customers, and may or may not be
implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by CSR or its
customers and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. Such
forward-looking statements represent the current expectations and beliefs of
management of CSR, and are based upon numerous assumptions regarding CSR’s
business strategies and the environment in which CSR will operate and
therefore involve a number of known and unknown risks, contingencies,
uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of CSR,
including, but not limited to, those detailed from time to time in CSR’s
periodic reports (whether under the caption Risk Factors or Forward Looking
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hereof. CSR does not undertake to release publicly any updates or revisions to
any forward looking statements contained herein, otherwise than required by
law.

Bluetooth^® and the Bluetooth logos are trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG,
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Wi-Fi^®, Wi-Fi Alliance^®, WMM^®, Wi-Fi Protected Access^®, WPA^®, WPA2^®,
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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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