|[January 07, 2013]
CSR Unveils Smart Remote Evaluation and Development Kits - First Voice Command Capability with Bluetooth® Smart
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --(Business Wire)--
CSR (News - Alert) plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced the availability of new
Evaluation and Development Kits for makers of the newest generation of
Smart Remotes for TVs and Set Top Boxes (STBs). The kits will enable the
development of the first Voice Command enabled Bluetooth® low energy
remote controls as well as a low power, robust link for motion pointing
and gesture capabilities. And, in collaboration with Hillcrest
Labs, CSR has created its solution to work seamlessly with
Hillcrest's Freespace® MotionEngine™
software, which has become the standard for motion control in consumer
electronic devices around the world.
The new kits are based on two CSR devices: the CSR1011™, part of the CSR
µEnergy® platform, which is optimised for keyboards and remote
controls; and the CSR8510™, a dual-mode Bluetooth solution optimised for
TVs and STBs using human interface devices (HID) such as remote
controls. New remote control functions and capabilities are needed to
meet growing consumer demand for a faster, more immersive experience
using services and features provided by next-generation Smart TVs and
STBs. [According to the ABI Research report "Digital
Home Remote Controls", demand for RF remote controls will rise to
exceed 217 million devices in 2016].
"Motion plus voice control is an incredibly powerful combination for
Smart TV remote controls and we're thrilled to collaborate with CSR to
make this available in these powerful new kits," said Chad Lucien,
senior vice president of sales and marketing at Hillcrest Labs. "The
combination of our Freespace MotionEngine
software and CSR's market-leading Bluetooth low energy RF technology
offers a compelling view of the future where Smart TV user interfaces
are more intuitive, more enjoyable and, ultimately, even more integral
to our lives than they are today."
"The interaction between consumers and televisions is becoming more
immersive and more complex - and consumer expectations are escalating
rapidly because of the kind of experiences they're getting from their
other devices, such as smartphones and game consoles," said Paul
Williamson, director of µEnergy product at CSR. "With growing trends
like TV-based gaming and browsing, even more sophisticated control
devices are coming into the market, and IR-based remote controls simply
cannot offer any more to the consumer. Bluetooth Smart offers the
perfect balance of throughput and low-power required for advanced
control, and with these two new developer offerings CSR is clearing a
path to the next generation of advanced remote controls."
Te Bluetooth 4.0 standard introduced low energy technology to the
Bluetooth wireless connectivity specification, enabling new Bluetooth
Smart devices that can operate for years on the same set of batteries.
The CSR µEnergy platform for Bluetooth Smart uses the recently adopted
HID Over GATT Profile (HOGP) in the Bluetooth 4.0 standard to enable TV
and STB control functions without compromising the ease of use and
extreme responsiveness needed in a consumer remote control unit. HOGP
allows and defines the communication between a Bluetooth Smart device
and a host device, such as that between a remote control unit and a
Smart TV, STB or tablet.
All CSR's news at CES can be found on its online press kit: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/2013-International-CES/CSR/
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
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.
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