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CSR and Philips uWand collaborate to deliver a complete next generation remote control solution

May 30, 2014



ENP Newswire - 30 May 2014

Release date- 28052014 - Wireless technology innovator CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces that its Bluetooth Smart remote platform has been integrated into Philips' uWand reference design, a complete firmware and hardware solution for developing pointing and gesture based remote controls.

The CSR Smart Remote platform is an end-to-end solution with CSR1010, part of the CSR -microEnergy range, and the CSR8510 to enable seamless data transfer between a remote control and TV or set-top-box (STB). When coupled with Philips' camera-based direct pointing technology, manufacturers using uWand can expect optimal battery life and an intuitive television navigation experience.

'We wanted to ensure manufacturers using uWand could also count on a seamless Bluetooth Smart connectivity experience,' says Navin Natoewal, General Manager at Philips Business Group Media Interaction. 'We are happy to work with CSR's -microEnergy range because the company has an unequalled market heritage, having helped write the Bluetooth Smart standard, and this is reflected in its powerful platforms which offer advanced features without compromising battery life. Coupled with our unique pointing and gesture control technology, the uWand enables remote controls with fluid and accurate direct control.'

Philips uWand also offers manufacturers the opportunity to integrate voice recognition in to their remote control solutions. In addition to communicating gestures, the CSR1010 is able to communicate voice commands over a Bluetooth Smart connection - further expanding the boundaries of Bluetooth Smart technology.

'Today's wireless remote controls need to cope with seamlessly navigating a range of services - allowing consumers to browse the web, play games and access video on demand services - while not having to regularly charge their devices,' says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. 'Our Smart Remote platform enables developers to bring market-leading products with this experience to market and we are delighted to be working with Philips uWand to deliver a more intuitive, direct pointing solution.'

The CSR -microEnergy line-up of hardware and software products gives developers a complete environment to rapidly create new Bluetooth Smart enabled remote controls with long battery life and high responsiveness. The CSR -microEnergy Remote Control Development Kit (RCDK) offers an SDK, a new graphical development tool and an application specific hardware development board at a low initial investment. The kit enables the rapid development of simple or complete next generation remote controls, like those enabled by uWand, with support for advanced features such as pointing, gesture and voice control.

The CSR1010 and CSR8510 are part of a range of CSR solutions designed to offer complete platforms to develop differentiated home entertainment devices - from remote controls and STBs to sound bars and networked home audio solutions. These platforms combine connectivity with high-quality audio solutions, including wireless codec aptX, which ensures CD-like quality audio over a Bluetooth connection and CSR's MAPX multimedia application processors.

About uWand

uWand is an intuitive camera based direct pointing and gesture control technology for Smart TVs from Philips Business line Media Interaction. The technology can be embedded in remote controls giving users fluid and accurate direct control. With uWand the remote control is turned into an intuitive hybrid controller.

It maintains the core, recreational, lean back TV experience while enabling new Smart TV use cases such as gaming, browsing online video and other content. The technology is offered to third parties such as device manufacturers, service providers, application developers and content owners to design user experiences with the power of direct cursor- and gesture control. For more information please visit www.uwand.com

About CSR

CSR solves the challenges and delivers the core innovations that enable our customers to win in the global consumer electronics market. Our passionate technologists develop enhanced silicon, software and services with a focus on Voice & Music, Document Imaging, Automotive Infotainment, Bluetooth Smart and Indoor Location.

We partner with leading customers across the globe and deliver integrated and differentiated technology platforms to help them turn their great ideas into market-leading products. For more information, visit www.csr.com or keep up to date with CSR via our technical blog, people blog, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. For more information on aptX, our wireless audio codec, visit www.aptx.com

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.

Press Contact:

Sally Brown

Tel: +44 845 3707 024


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