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September 15, 2008

SRS Labs, CSR Create New Audio Solution for Bluetooth Devices Manufacturers

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

SRS Labs and CSR (News - Alert) have entered into a joint engineering and marketing partnership through CSR’s extension Partner Program to create PureSpeech, a ground breaking new Bluetooth software that delivers significant improvements to the audio clarity of Bluetooth mono headsets.

Bluetooth technology facilitates data transmission over short distances from fixed and/or mobile devices, creating wireless personal area networks (PANs).
A combination of SRS Labs’ (News - Alert) VIP+ software, which improves audio quality at the near end (what you, as the caller, hears) and CSR's Clear Voice Capture (CVC) noise reduction software, which improves audio quality at the far end (what the other person, the recipient, hears) PureSpeech will be available from Q1, 2009 as an option on CSR’s DSP-based BlueCore Multimedia Bluetooth silicon.
Alan Kraemer, chief technology officer, SRS Labs finds CSR to be an ideal partner for expanding SRS’ offering of audio processing solutions to an even wider range of Bluetooth audio products. SRL expects that this alliance will bring the same kind of audio advances to the wireless world that they have brought to HDTVs, PCs, portable media and automotive sound.
Anthony Murray, senior vice president of CSR’s Wireless Audio Strategic Business Unit commented that PureSpeech will improve the overall audio quality of both the send and received audio of any Bluetooth headset.
CSR is a global provider of personal wireless technology and its product portfolio covers Bluetooth, GPS, FM and Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11). SRS Labs is one of the industry leaders in surround sound, audio, and voice technologies.
SRS has been providing its WOW HD stereo enhancement technology to CSR's eXtension Partner Program of enhancements to the Digital Signal Processor (News - Alert) (DSP) on its BlueCore5 Multimedia IC since 2006. CSR claims their Multimedia platform is the only Bluetooth platform available which can support such third party audio enhancement software.
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

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