CSR and BlueGiga sign strategic partnership agreement to accelerate Bluetooth product development

12/6/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the world’s leading single-chip wireless company and BlueGiga, the Finnish third-party design and wireless communications products company, have signed a non-exclusive partnership agreement that will enable shorter Bluetooth product development times for customers through combining the products and services of both companies. BlueGiga will benefit from CSR’s ability to bring Bluetooth hardware and software design, development and integration services to customers, with an ever growing selection of proven Bluetooth products at the right price.

"We are very pleased to be working closely with CSR, the market leader in Bluetooth. As a result of this partnership our customers will benefit significantly and will help to further accelerate the industry", said Jarkko Jukarainen, Managing Director of BlueGiga. He continued, "We see Bluetooth as a rapidly emerging market and have the technical resource within BlueGiga to fully support our joint customers to rapidly design working products for the end-user market".

"A large and growing network of third parties around the world have chosen CSR's single-chip Bluetooth solution, jointly enhancing our businesses," said Clive Chelsom-Pill, Commercial manager, CSR. Chelsom-Pill continued, "With this combined expertise our customers can accelerate their development efforts and cut time-to-market. BlueGiga has demonstrated its commitment to Bluetooth through its proven track record of product development, and its level of Bluetooth engineering resource. BlueGiga can help OEMs create wireless remote connectivity and pervasive access to machines and devices in order to realise substantial cost savings and productivity improvements".

About CSR
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specialises in providing single-chip radio devices to the global market for short-range wireless communications, including BluetoothTM. The company's mission is to create the most highly integrated radio devices available, fabricated using standard CMOS technology, to provide its customers with the lowest cost of ownership of high quality digital radio.

CSR was the first company in the world to offer a true single-chip Bluetooth solution with BlueCore, a fully integrated 2.4 GHz radio, baseband and microcontroller. In Q4 2001 CSR released BlueCore2, its second generation family, and offer developed hardware/software bundles for each of the fastest growing Bluetooth applications markets. Users can combine the chips with the CSR Bluetooth software stack to provide a fully compliant solution for data and voice communications or, used with an upper layer host software stack, CSR is able to offer a complete Bluetooth end-to-end solution.

CSR has a growing list of major international companies including Microsoft Corp, Samsung, Sony, Compaq, IBM, Fujitsu, LG, ALPS, TDK, 3Com, Mitsumi, Siemens and Motorola, who have already used CSR's BlueCore in the development of a range of Bluetooth products. In fact, 70% of available pre-qualified modules, as listed on the qualified products page of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) web site, feature BlueCore and it is in 56% of all qualified Bluetooth v 1.1 enabled end product designs.

CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore and Aalborg, Denmark.

About BlueGiga
BlueGiga Technologies specialises in the commercialization and integration of wireless machine communications solutions. Based in Espoo - Finland, BlueGiga's wireless short-range communications products enable the creation of remote monitoring and control solutions in a range of industries and applications. This new era of networked devices allows businesses better access to and control of their equipment, machines, and devices - from any place, at any time. BlueGiga's mission is to help the OEMs in creating wireless remote connectivity and pervasive access to machines and devices in order to realise substantial cost savings and productivity improvements. More information about BlueGiga is available at http://www.bluegiga.com or by sending an e-mail to info@bluegiga.com.

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