CSR, Canon Develop Complete Bluetooth Solutions for Customers

7/8/2003 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), world leaders in Bluetooth silicon, and Canon i-tech, the leading Japanese software production company, have agreed to jointly provide complete Bluetooth solutions to their customers. As part of CSR's Partner Program, Canon i-tech has worked with CSR to commit to providing a series of development kits to enable customers designing Bluetooth products the fastest route to market. The Canon PF-6070HFP (Hands Free Profile) and the Canon PF-6070PAN (Personal Area Network) are the first development kits to be launched as a result of this agreement and are now available.

By combining CSR's expertise in Bluetooth silicon with Canon i-tech's experience in Bluetooth software, the partnership is set to provide customers with the highest performance complete Bluetooth solution on the market. Already, the two companies have worked together to produce the PF-6070HFP and the PF-6070PAN, enabling consumer and automotive electronics manufacturers a fast and easy route to market. CSR's BlueCore chip united with Canon i-tech's UQB-Blue software will include the Bluetooth stack, profiles and customer application specifications all on-chip.

Canon i-tech's President, Sadasuke Kurahayashi, commented on the partnership, "By combining Canon i-tech's extensive experience in developing built-in devices in the domestic market, with the cutting edge technology of CSR, the global leader in Bluetooth single-chip solutions, we look forward to continually providing our customers with products and services that meet the diversity of their needs."

Clive Chelsom-Pill, Commercial Manager, CSR added, "A large and growing network of third parties around the world have chosen CSR's single-chip Bluetooth solution, jointly enhancing our businesses". Chelsom-Pill continued, "With this combined expertise our customers can accelerate their development efforts and cut time-to-market. Canon i-tech has demonstrated its commitment to Bluetooth through its track record of product development, and its level of Bluetooth engineering resource."

The CSR Partner Program is creating the most comprehensive collection of alliances with companies that can enable the most advanced and complete Bluetooth solutions. The third-party products offer a broad range of application software, development hardware and software and consulting services that will assist customers in accelerating their development efforts and reduce time to market.

About Canon i-tech, Inc.
Canon i-tech, Inc. is a design house that provides embedded networking and imaging system technologies for digital devices. In the field of wireless communications, Canon i-tech develops Bluetooth and WLAN technologies.

The "UBQ-Blue®" one-stop service series offers customizable solutions for Bluetooth product development, including development kits, development support tools, protocol stacks, and even product development. The etymology of the word "ubiquitous", from which UBQ-Blue® derives its name, comes from a Latin word meaning "anytime, anywhere", "omnipresent", or "visible far and wide". The name "UBQ-Blue®" infers that Bluetooth technology can be used at any time, and in any place.

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