CSR Boosts Bluetooth

BlueCore3 is the first complete implementation of the Bluetooth v1.2 standard, improves coexistence of Bluetooth with other 2.4GHz systems

June 9, 2003

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RICHARDSON, Texas -- CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the Bluetooth wireless technology industry leader, today announced the launch of its third generation single chip silicon, marking a major step in the evolution of Bluetooth silicon. CSR continues to lead the market by developing its Bluetooth solutions to provide increased integration, higher performance and a range of devices optimized for different applications while driving down costs. BlueCore3 is also the first complete implementation of the Bluetooth v1.2 standard (including all optional features of the standard) which improves coexistence of Bluetooth with other 2.4GHz systems.

CSR is today launching the first products in the BlueCore3 range, which will satisfy the needs of both OEMs and consumers and ensure that CSR has the technology to maintain its leadership in Bluetooth for the foreseeable future. The two products demonstrate the two ends of the Bluetooth market: for enhanced audio devices, BlueCore3-Multimedia is the world's first Bluetooth device to offer a user- programmable DSP and enables new breakthrough consumer applications such as Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones; for low cost, high-volume applications, BlueCore3-ROM sets new standards for a highly integrated product that is both reliable and robust. Its compact size and competitive price makes it particularly suited to mobile handset applications.

Eric Janson, worldwide vice president, marketing, CSR commented, "Bluetooth has indeed come of age, and our next generation of BlueCore is testament to that. The first two BlueCore3 products have been designed to implement the full v1.2 feature set and set the very highest performance standards available." Janson continued, "BlueCore3-Multimedia is a good example of where the market is heading. It enables new applications such as Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones, bringing more functionality and usability to consumers and increased flexibility to OEMs and designers. BlueCore 3- ROM raises performance while shrinking power, size and cost to move Bluetooth functionality to within reach of consumer "value" devices for the first time."

In a separate release:

CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the world's leading provider of single-chip radio devices, today announced that Panasonic Mobile Communications latest GSM mobile handset is to be Bluetooth-enabled by CSR's BlueCore2-ROM solution. The Panasonic X70 handset includes a built-in digital camera, GPRS data services, a 65K color screen and full Bluetooth functionality. Panasonic's choice of BlueCore2-ROM is testament to the reliability of CSR's Bluetooth solution as a robust technology that can be trusted to deliver. The Panasonic X70 will be available in Europe, Asia and the US later this year.

The X70 handset is a GPRS phone, which allows continuous data in an IP format, ideal for such applications as Web browsing and file transfer. This sits perfectly with the CSR-enabled Bluetooth functionality, as the phone is able to connect and share information with PDAs and PCs while retaining the portability of a mobile phone. The handset also allows wireless connectivity with compatible Bluetooth-enabled in-car hands-free kits and headsets; devices that make using a mobile phone in a car easier and safer.

Ken Hatano, General Manager, Product Planning for Panasonic commented, "We need to provide our customers with the highest specification at an attractive price. As a world-leading provider of single-chip radio devices, CSR's BlueCore2-ROM provides a competitively priced and robust Bluetooth solution that meets industry standards."

Cambridge Silicon Radio plc (CSR)

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