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November 21, 2007

CSR Releases New MP3 Player with Bluetooth

By Anjishnu Biswas, TMCnet Contributing Editor

CSR (News - Alert) has released the BlueCore Player, the world's most economical Bluetooth enabled MP3 player.

With this device, users can listen to music without burdensome wires and can share music by streaming to two headsets concurrently. BlueCore Player also permits express streaming of MP3 files to diminish power utilization.

BlueCore Player is rooted in CSR's highly acclaimed BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon with entrenched DSP coprocessor and 16-bit stereo codec to guarantee the superior quality stereo sound.

In addition to the inclusion of complete gerbers, software as well as circuit diagrams, the BlueCore Player sports hardware essential for an advanced MP3 player in an area that is below 45x60mm. It provides the requisite back up to the Bluetooth Audio Video Remote Control Profile to monitor stop and start playback and volume control, apart from the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile for superior quality audio streaming. Furthermore incorporated in the eBOM is an OLED color display. Plus it offer read outs in both Asian and Arabic fonts, a lithium battery with up to 14 hours of playback, an on-chip charger and mini USB charger connector.

Not including the necessity for a screen and thereby decreasing the BOM expenses further, CSR's BlueCore Player is also obtainable with audio menu navigation to run through the tracks, artist names and playback modes. This operation uses the most modern Text to Speech expertise functioning in the on-chip DSP.

Tracy Hopkins, vice president of CSR's consumer business unit, said in a press release: "The low cost end of the MP3 player market is very competitive; that is why it is absolutely critical for designers to be able to differentiate their products and add value, without adding cost. Bluetooth functionality is a clear differentiator for MP3 players and is a feature that consumers are demanding. Our philosophy is to make it simple for designers to be able to bring competitive products to market as quickly as possible and, using BlueCore Player, OEMs and ODMs can have a low cost Bluetooth enabled MP3 player on the shelves in a matter of weeks."

BlueCore Player enters an array of CSR example designs which also consists of internet radios, VoWiFi handsets, stereo headsets, in-car Bluetooth systems as well as WiFi compatible mobile handsets.


Anjishnu Biswas is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles please visit his columnist page.

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