2012 International CES – CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced that Disruptive Limited, a leading maker of Gear4 branded iPod® and iPhone® accessories, has licensed CSR aptX audio compression technology to deliver CD-quality stereo audio over a wireless Bluetooth® connection to its latest Gear4® HousePartyTM speaker system. Users can now stream their music wirelessly from their Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or iPod without needing to dock and without compromising audio quality. aptX enables a growing list of the world’s most popular consumer electronic communication and entertainment products to provide high-fidelity audio over wireless links.
“Gear4 set out to develop the best Bluetooth speaker range in the market and to do this it was a natural choice to work with CSR to incorporate aptX,” said Tom Old, CMO of Gear4. “The great wireless audio performance aptX helps us achieve, combined with our own SmartLinkTM App features, clearly set the range apart from others.”
Many of today’s smartphone users choose to have their devices with them around the clock. Traditional speaker dock systems require a physical connection to the smartphone, giving rise to what is sometimes referred to as “smartphone separation anxiety” from its users. In addition to allowing users to keep their devices close to them, the Gear4’s aptX-enabled HouseParty speakers mean that any smartphone, tablet or iPod can be their music player.
“Gear4 is a real rising star in the wireless speaker industry, and we’re delighted to have worked with them to make aptX part of the HouseParty product line,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president of the Home Business Group at CSR. “This relationship is a testimony both to Gear4’s commitment to providing the highest audio quality for their customers, and yet another sign that aptX is becoming the standard for Bluetooth-based audio.”
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CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms are optimised 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 CVCTM audio codecs, JPEG, MPEG, H.264 imaging, IPS 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 blog, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.
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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 aptX audio compression technology and its performance characteristics in its customers’ smartphone devices and other consumer electronics products, and other future events and their potential effects on CSR. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as ‘becoming the standard,' ‘helps,’ ‘enables,’ ‘designed to,' ‘allows' and other similar expressions regarding the performance characteristics of CSR’s aptX audio compression technology, and its performance characteristics in their customers’ smartphone devices and other consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s aptX audio compression technology 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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