CSR Optimizes Embedded Bluetooth Software Stack BCHS for Symbian OS

10/7/2004 - CSR PLC (LSE: CSR.L), the single-chip wireless systems company, announced that its embedded Bluetooth software stack BCHS (BlueCore Host Software) is now available in a version optimised for the Symbian operating system. CSR can now provide a comprehensive range of up to 17 profiles for this operating system including DUN (Dial Up Networking) Audio Gateway, Handsfree, BIP, (Basic Image Printing), Basic printing profile, AVP, (Audio Visual Profile), CTP, (Cordless Telephony Profile), and PAN, (Personal Area Network) profile. CSR’s BCHS for Symbian provides ODMs with a tailored Bluetooth host stack for smartphone applications.

CSR’s BCHS for Symbian reduces the risk and cost of adding Bluetooth to a Symbian smartphone by creating a single source solution with proven and integrated software and hardware. CSR’s BCHS is the most complete Bluetooth software solution on the market, including 17 profiles and provides a means of introducing new functionality more quickly and at minimal cost. The product is developed to work with both UIQ and Nokia Series 60 SDK’s on version 7 of the Symbian OS today and migrating to Version 8 OS for 2005.

John Halksworth, product marketing manager, CSR, commented, “We aim to offer ODMs who design smartphones with the Symbian operating system the same choice for designing with Bluetooth that engineers of many other applications enjoy. With 17 profiles to choose from, ODMs are able to offer a full complement of Bluetooth functionality to users, as well benefiting from CSR’s trusted and robust hardware solution, BlueCore.”

Halksworth continued, “ According to Ovum and IDC, the smartphone market is expected to increase six-fold over the next three years. CSR has recognised this projected growth and its BCHS for Symbian solution aims to simplify the process for ODMs by providing a Bluetooth software solution rich in functionality and low in cost.”

About CSR
CSR PLC (LSE: CSR.L) is a leading provider of single-chip radio devices for Bluetooth wireless communication. CSR offers developed hardware/software packages based around BlueCore, a fully integrated 2.4 GHz radio, baseband and microcontroller. BlueCore features in 60 percent of all Bluetooth qualified end products and modules with international names such as Microsoft Corp, Nokia, Dell, Panasonic, Audi, NEC, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony already using BlueCore in their range of Bluetooth products.

In June 2003, CSR launched the third generation BlueCore devices with full support for v1.2 of the Bluetooth specification. In February 2004, CSR floated on the London Stock Exchange in the largest UK technology floatation in three years.

CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan and Aalborg, Denmark.

More information can be found at www.csr.com and the partner web site www.btdesigner.com
More information about Bluetooth can be found on the SIG web site at www.bluetooth.com

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