CSR Combines Hardware and Software with BlueCore4 Bluetooth Silicon

7/7/2004 - CSR PLC (LSE: CSR.L), a leading provider of single-chip radio devices announced the latest in its newly launched BlueCore4 family of Bluetooth silicon. BlueCore4-PC combines all the hardware and software to provide PC OEMs with a complete Bluetooth solution. BlueCore4-PC software and hardware solution is EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) ready, for a data rate of up to 3Mbps – three times faster than conventional Bluetooth.

CSR has teamed up with Bluetooth software specialists, IVT, to provide a complete Bluetooth solution for PC OEMs. As well as running at three times the speed of conventional Bluetooth, BlueCore4-PC includes a wide range of Bluetooth profiles particularly suitable for PC users, such as HID (Human Interface Device) for mouse and keyboard connectivity, auto pairing, AV and AV remote control profiles.

BlueCore4-PC’s 3Mbps data rate means that users are more easily able to connect to multiple devices whilst also allowing advanced applications such as audio data streaming. For instance, with BlueCore4-PC, a user is able to listen to streaming audio via a stereo headset through a Bluetooth connection, whilst also using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse as well as wirelessly synchronising their PDA and PC and using a Bluetooth webcam.

Simon Finch, VP strategic marketing, CSR, commented, “BlueCore4-PC is the most comprehensive Bluetooth solution for PCs on the market today, including both hardware and software for the latest in Bluetooth technology. PC OEMs are now able to access the latest, three times faster, Bluetooth technology with minimum development cost.”

Finch continued, “ Our close partnership with software companies like IVT means that CSR has the capability to bring the latest in Bluetooth technology in comprehensive and easy to use packages, such as BlueCore4-PC.”

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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