CSR and FUJITSU agree partnership. Cooperation enables reliable supply with cooperative memory solution

7/5/2002 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the world's leading Bluetooth™ chip company and Fujitsu, a world leader in Flash memory products, today announced an agreement to work together on supplying Flash memory for Bluetooth requirements. As part of the agreement, Fujitsu has created 3.0V, 4 Megabit (Mb) and 8Mb, Flash memory optimised for CSR, available in FBGA, CSP and TSOP packaging. Fujitsu will also create 1.8V 4Mb and 8Mb Flash Memory for CSR. The devices, which are available now, will be sold through CSR channels bundled with CSR BlueCoreTM solutions, easing the ordering process for CSR customers. The device will also be sold by Fujitsu.

CSR distributors will offer 3V, 4Mb, 90ns Flash memory at a highly competitive price, whatever the quantity, when bundled with CSR's BlueCore products. Fixed pricing on the Flash memory is being offered for the next 12 months, with a guaranteed supply from Fujitsu. The chipset offers a very cost effective solution, and CSR provides an easy single point of purchase through CSR distributors.

Clive Chelsom-Pill, CSR's Commercial Manager said, "Fujitsu's 3V Flash devices have been chosen as our preferred solution and are now included in all our reference designs. Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Limited (FASL) silicon solutions are the most widely accepted Flash devices in the world. We are very pleased to partner with Fujitsu as they offer the best solution to meet the demanding requirements of Bluetooth designs with very competitive prices for our customers". Chelsom-Pill continued, "Bluetooth developers can now buy the industry leading CSR BlueCore2-Ext product range bundled with either 3V 4Mb or 8Mb Flash from Fujitsu as a chipset directly from our CSR distribution network. With the BlueCore2-Ext we offer the most competitive solution on the market today".

Masanobu Yoshida, Director, System Memory Marketing Department, FUJITSU Electronic Devices Group said, "We are pleased to join with CSR as they are clearly the world leader in Bluetooth with the best solution, having 60% of all qualified Bluetooth designs. We feel the Bluetooth market is about to take off and view this partnership as an exciting prospect".

Manfred Mettendorff Marketing Manager of FUJITSU Microelectronics Europe added, "Fujitsu enables CSR to offer the most competitive packages with assured supply and responsive support. Close partnership with CSR will ensure Fujitsu will be able to meet time to market requirements of new dedicated Flash devices for the prospering Bluetooth market."

The two companies are working closely together on further product developments to be announced later this year.

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/

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