Toshiba's Tablet PC Makes Connection with CSR's Bluetooth Solution

2/27/2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) announced the inclusion of its Bluetooth technology into Toshiba's new tablet PC. The Portégé 3500 is the keystone to the truly mobile office. A powerful PC, users can input information either through its keyboard or with a stylus on its screen, and by means of its Bluetooth capability, the Toshiba Portégé will connect unconsciously to a personal network of devices - from printers to network connections, and mobile phones to PDAs. The Portégé 3500 tablet PC is the latest in a line of Toshiba products to incorporate CSR's proven BlueCore silicon for Bluetooth.

The new Portégé is rich in features, allowing its applications to extend far further than those of a standard PC. For example, a user could unobtrusively take electronic notes during a meeting, the software translating the scribbles into clean text using its intelligent handwriting recognition system. The notes could then be transferred via a Bluetooth connection to a secretary outside the meeting, who could use their PC to send an email back to the office.

CSR's Bluetooth chip, BlueCore2, has a low component count and small footprint. This allowed Toshiba to create an extremely compact and portable PC with an area less than a standard piece of letter-sized paper. This enables wireless connectivity to a multitude of other Bluetooth devices offering technology that moves with you. CSR's market leading BlueCore single-chip technology has been designed to be fully compliant with all Bluetooth specifications, ensuring maximum interoperability with the widest range of devices.

Eric Janson, CSR's worldwide vice president of marketing commented, "Our relationship with Toshiba extends to a broad range of products which CSR is proud to have helped put the Bluetooth logo on." Janson added, "We are delighted that Toshiba has chosen BlueCore to Bluetooth-enable their latest tablet and notebook PCs. This is further endorsement of CSR from a leading PC OEM and consolidates our own leading position in the silicon space."

About CSR
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 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, NEC, Toshiba, 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 percent 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 59 percent 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.

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