CSR Meets Growing Needs of the Wearable Technology Market with New Bluetooth® Smart Solution

CSR1012™ Combines Proven CSR µEnergy® Silicon with Small Form Factor for Compact Wearable Accessories

SAN JOSE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, U.K.--()--CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces the launch of a new Bluetooth® Smart platform designed to meet the needs of developers looking to create low-power wearable accessories. The CSR1012™, which is part of the proven CSR µEnergy® range, provides a smaller form factor package making it ideal for wearable devices, such as smart watches and activity monitors.

The platform provides a form factor small enough for wearable devices but critically still uses standard PCB technology, which allows developers to get a high-volume product to market quickly and cost effectively. It’s also the first solution to support direct connection to a lithium-ion battery without the need for an external regulator. This ensures long-battery life which is critical for wearable accessories.

“IHS has just forecast that unit shipments of wearable technology will reach 210 million by 2018, driving $30 billion in revenue1,” says Paul Williamson, Director of Low Power Wireless at CSR. “We want to help developers make the most of this emerging market by getting ahead of their competitors. The CSR1012 perfectly balances cost and size, to enable developers to get their products to market fast, without compromising on quality.”

In addition to wearable technology, the solution can also be used for other small form factor ‘appcessories’ and HID accessories, such as slim smartphone or tablet styluses and small advertising beacons.

Designed for high-volume products

The CSR1012 provides the ideal solution for high-volume production coupled with compact design. The 0.4 mm pitch QFN package can be handled easily on high-volume production lines. Space beneath the device enables I/O to be routed using standard drilled vias. This coupled with a 4x4 package area, offers a very small final PCB to ensure developers can produce compact wearable devices with consumer appeal. The CSR1012 is available in volume from today.

Reference designs to reduce time to market

To reduce time to market, CSR will offer developers CSR1012 reference designs with full manufacturing information. These are downloadable from CSR’s support site (login required).

Compatibility with CSR µEnergy range for an easy transition

The CSR1012 is based on CSR µEnergy silicon and is fully compatible with CSR’s existing software, enabling an easy transition for developers using CSR1010 and CSR1011 solutions looking to develop wearable accessories with CSR1012.

Highly efficient for the best battery life

The CSR1012 is designed to ensure the longest battery life possible for wearable accessories. It is the first solution that can be directly connected to rechargeable battery chemistries without the need for an external regulator. This not only saves cost and PCB area, but crucially saves precious quiescent leakage current in the external regulator. The quiescent of an external switcher can be 10-15uA and of a linear 1-2 uA, which can significantly reduce the battery life of a device that is only working in the nano Amp to low micro Amp range. The platform achieves this using an on-chip switched mode power supply that operates from 1.8V to 4.3V. This enables the device to operate directly from compact lithium polymer batteries.

CSR1012 is available in volume from CSR global representatives and distributors. For more information on the CSR1012 click here: http://www.csr.com/products/csr101x-product-family.

About CSR

CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms are optimized for the automotive navigation and infotainment, digital cameras and imaging, connected home infotainment and wireless audio markets. We provide solutions to complex problems in the audio-visual, connectivity and location technology domains across a broad range of markets, with a technology portfolio that includes GPS/GNSS systems, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, FM, NFC, aptX® and CVC™ audio codecs, JPEG, MPEG, H.264 imaging, PDL printing, microcontrollers, DSPs and broadband receivers. CSR's technology solutions and market platforms enable its customers to deliver a superior user experience and are adopted by leaders in the auto, computer, home and mobile markets. More information can be found at www.csr.com. Keep up to date with CSR on our technical blog or CSR people blog, YouTube, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.

CAUTIONARY NOTE ON FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain statements (including statements concerning plans and objectives of management for future operations or performance, or assumptions related thereto) that are not historical facts and constitute ‘forward looking statements’ within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 in relation to CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronic products, and other future events and their potential effects on CSR. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as ‘will,’ ‘can deliver,’ ‘offers', 'allows', 'to enhance,’ ‘enables,’ 'designed to' and other similar expressions regarding the performance characteristics of CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart platforms or consumer electronics products containing such technology, related products or modifications to such products’ capability, functionality or features are subject to ongoing evaluation by CSR and its customers, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by CSR or its customers and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. Such forward-looking statements represent the current expectations and beliefs of management of CSR, and are based upon numerous assumptions regarding CSR’s business strategies and the environment in which CSR will operate and therefore involve a number of known and unknown risks, contingencies, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of CSR, including, but not limited to, those detailed from time to time in CSR’s periodic reports (whether under the caption Risk Factors or Forward Looking Statements or elsewhere), which are available at the SEC’s web site http://www.sec.gov. Each forward looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof. CSR does not undertake to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained herein, otherwise than required by law.

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1 IHS - The World Market for Wearable Technology - World - 2013 Edition

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Contacts

US Contact:
March Communications
Nate Hubbell, +1 617-960-9875
csr@marchpr.com
or
UK Contact:
Rocket Communications
Russell Lindsey, +44(0)845 370 7024
csr@rocketcomms.net