Uniwill's Bluetooth Voice Box Chooses CSR's BlueCore for In-Car Networks

8/13/2002 - Uniwill Computer Corporation has launched a Bluetooth Voice Box, Bluetooth-enabled by CSR's BlueCoreTM single-chip Bluetooth solution. Connected to a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, the Voice Box provides a microphone and speaker to enable in-car handsfree operation even when the mobile phone is in your bag or pocket.

Unwill's voice box, model B090S1, is due to go on sale for $59 in Europe and North America from Q3 2002. The compact (62.5mmx92mmx25mm) voice box, made possible due to CSR's compact single-chip design, is compliant with v1.1 of the Bluetooth specification and takes its power from the car's cigarette lighter. No other connection is required to establish a wireless in-car network so no complicated installation is required.

The Voice Box is a Class 2 Bluetooth device which means it is possible to connect with mobile phones within a 10 metre range - enough for the longest of stretched- limousines. Full-duplex telephony with acoustic echo cancellation, volume control and full Bluetooth handset profile all mean that the Voice Box offers a high-quality wireless connection to the mobile phone. An automatic setting on the Voice Box allows calls to be answered and immediately put through to handsfree; a mute button also allows privacy without having to search frantically for the mobile phone.

Paul Yu, Deputy Program Manager, Uniwill, commented, "Uniwill has chosen CSR's BlueCore for a wide range of Bluetooth USB dongle and modules. BlueCore has proven to be the ideal solution to meet Uniwill's requirements for the lowest cost and smallest footprint Bluetooth chip." Yu continued, "CSR was again the natural choice for our Bluetooth Voice Box since the single-chip BlueCore also has full support for voice and handsfree Bluetooth profiles to ensure easy connection with other Bluetooth devices."

Gordon Petrie, Vice President of Sales, Europe & Far East for CSR, added, "We are very happy that Uniwill has selected CSR to bring the power of Bluetooth connectivity to their innovative Voice Box". Petrie continued, "CSR expects in-car wireless, handsfree applications to be a huge area of growth for Bluetooth over the next few years."

About CSR (www.csr.com)
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specializes 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 offers 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, up to the end of 2001, 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 57% 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 Uniwill
Uniwill Computer Corporation, an innovation company, is specialized in Design & Manufacturing Portable Computers & Information Appliances (IA). Uniwill was spun off from Lite-On Technology Corp. in December 1998, led by Mr. Alex Wen, the former founder and CEO of Lite-On Technology Corp.

Uniwill's headquarter is located in Chung-Li Industrial Park, Taiwan. Currently, Uniwill has two R&D centres located in Wuku Taiwan and China Shuzou City, with more than 150 engineers to design advanced Portable & IA products.

To provide worldwide customers with better Service & Logistics, Uniwill has set up two branch offices in USA and Europe. While Twinhead invested Uniwill and became one of our strategic partner, we have more Production, Purchasing and Service ability to serve all our customers.

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