CSR Meets Growing Needs of the Wearable Technology Market with New
Bluetooth® Smart Solution
CSR1012™ Combines Proven CSR µEnergy® Silicon with Small Form Factor for
Compact Wearable Accessories
SAN JOSE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, U.K. -- December 2, 2013
CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces the launch of a new
Bluetooth® Smart platform designed to meet the needs of developers looking to
create low-power wearable accessories. The CSR1012™, which is part of the
proven CSR µEnergy® range, provides a smaller form factor package making it
ideal for wearable devices, such as smart watches and activity monitors.
The platform provides a form factor small enough for wearable devices but
critically still uses standard PCB technology, which allows developers to get
a high-volume product to market quickly and cost effectively. It’s also the
first solution to support direct connection to a lithium-ion battery without
the need for an external regulator. This ensures long-battery life which is
critical for wearable accessories.
“IHS has just forecast that unit shipments of wearable technology will reach
210 million by 2018, driving $30 billion in revenue^1,” says Paul Williamson,
Director of Low Power Wireless at CSR. “We want to help developers make the
most of this emerging market by getting ahead of their competitors. The
CSR1012 perfectly balances cost and size, to enable developers to get their
products to market fast, without compromising on quality.”
In addition to wearable technology, the solution can also be used for other
small form factor ‘appcessories’ and HID accessories, such as slim smartphone
or tablet styluses and small advertising beacons.
Designed for high-volume products
The CSR1012 provides the ideal solution for high-volume production coupled
with compact design. The 0.4 mm pitch QFN package can be handled easily on
high-volume production lines. Space beneath the device enables I/O to be
routed using standard drilled vias. This coupled with a 4x4 package area,
offers a very small final PCB to ensure developers can produce compact
wearable devices with consumer appeal. The CSR1012 is available in volume from
Reference designs to reduce time to market
To reduce time to market, CSR will offer developers CSR1012 reference designs
with full manufacturing information. These are downloadable from CSR’s support
site (login required).
Compatibility with CSR µEnergy range for an easy transition
The CSR1012 is based on CSR µEnergy silicon and is fully compatible with CSR’s
existing software, enabling an easy transition for developers using CSR1010
and CSR1011 solutions looking to develop wearable accessories with CSR1012.
Highly efficient for the best battery life
The CSR1012 is designed to ensure the longest battery life possible for
wearable accessories. It is the first solution that can be directly connected
to rechargeable battery chemistries without the need for an external
regulator. This not only saves cost and PCB area, but crucially saves precious
quiescent leakage current in the external regulator. The quiescent of an
external switcher can be 10-15uA and of a linear 1-2 uA, which can
significantly reduce the battery life of a device that is only working in the
nano Amp to low micro Amp range. The platform achieves this using an on-chip
switched mode power supply that operates from 1.8V to 4.3V. This enables the
device to operate directly from compact lithium polymer batteries.
CSR1012 is available in volume from CSR global representatives and
distributors. For more information on the CSR1012 click here:
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
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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
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Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in consumer
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consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future
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^1 IHS - The World Market for Wearable Technology - World - 2013 Edition
Nate Hubbell, +1 617-960-9875
Russell Lindsey, +44(0)845 370 7024
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