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CSR Dual Mode Bluetooth(R) Platforms Enable Faster Development of Low-Power, Next-Gen Wireless Gaming Controllers

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CSR plc (LSE:CSR) (NASDAQ:CSRE) today announces the launch of a new series of dual mode Bluetooth(R) 4.1 compliant platforms, designed to give greater flexibility to developers looking to create low latency and ultra low-power wireless gaming controllers. The CSRB5341TM and CSRB5342TM, part of the CSR Bluecore(R) range, will provide developers with turnkey solutions for wireless gaming controllers and HID applications from a single device.

CSR Dual Mode Bluetooth(R) Platforms Enable Faster Development of Low-Power, Next-Gen Wireless Gaming

CSR Dual Mode Bluetooth(R) Platforms Enable Faster Development of Low-Power, Next-Gen Wireless Gaming Controllers (Photo: Business Wire)

“CSR is committed to helping OEMs create exciting new functionality for the next generation of low-energy wireless gaming devices,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “With the CSRB534x series we are delivering a powerful, flexible and feature rich platform that can be used with multiple operating systems.”

“The CSRB534x software development kit will enable MFi(R) licensees developing accessories to bring products to market ahead of the competition with the CSR MFi v4.0 SDK add-on. The CSRB534x series integrates much of the game controller system, enabling cost-effective designs and fast time to market for developers.”

Dual mode Bluetooth 4.1 design for optimized power consumption

The first of the new series, the CSRB5341 and CSRB5342, gaming system-on-chips are Bluetooth Smart v4.1 qualified, allowing developers to create next-generation gaming accessories with optimal battery life. The new CSR platforms make use of a highly efficient baseband, ensuring that system-level power consumption is minimized, giving optimized performance with minimum development effort.

Peripheral rich with large memory for more customer applications

The new gaming controller platforms come with an extensive list of fully configurable digital or analog I/O and physical interfaces for design flexibility including direct LED drive. The CSRB5342 offers further standalone features such as embedded USB battery charging for lithium cells and digital microphone support. With embedded ROM, RAM and the option for memory expansion with the SQI Flash memory interface, the new platforms provide greater flexibility and an environment intended for more innovative and feature-rich designs.

Cost-effective and fast development

By offering dual mode Bluetooth capability, integrating the microcontroller, battery charging capability and much of the analog and power management, there is a significant bill of materials (BOM) savings over traditional wireless gaming controller system designs, making the platforms extremely cost effective. In order to help developers bring new products to market quickly, the new CSRB534x series launches with a dedicated software development kit (SDK) and development board for fast evaluation and system development. The CSRB534x SDK will allow developers to get hands-on with the new platform and accelerate the development of new low-power-connected gaming controller products. The SDK supports SPP and GATT and enables flexible data transfer including HID over GATT.

The CSRB534x development kit is now available from selected CSR distributors from $149.

About CSR

CSR solves the challenges and delivers the core innovations that enable our customers to win in the global consumer electronics market. Our passionate technologists develop enhanced silicon, software and services with a focus on Voice & Music, Document Imaging, Automotive Infotainment, Bluetooth(R) Smart and Indoor Location. We partner with leading customers across the globe and deliver integrated and differentiated technology platforms to help them turn their great ideas into market-leading products. For more information, visit www.csr.com or keep up to date with CSR via our technical blog, people blog, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. For more information on aptX(R), our wireless audio codec, visit www.aptx.com.

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 Bluetooth(R) Smart platforms, including the CSRB5341TM and CSRB5342TM, and their performance characteristics in 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 Bluetooth(R) Smart platforms, including the CSRB5341TM and CSRB5342TM, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s Bluetooth(R) Smart platforms, including the CSRB5341TM and CSRB5342TM 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 Statements or elsewhere), which are available at the SEC’s web site http://www.sec.gov. Each forward looking statement speaks only as of the date 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(R) and the Bluetooth logos are trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and licensed to CSR.

Wi-Fi(R), Wi-Fi Alliance(R), WMM(R), Wi-Fi Protected Access(R), WPA(R), WPA2(R), Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM and Wi-Fi MultimediaTM are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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