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CSR Delivers Cutting Edge Bluetooth® Capabilities With First Bluetooth v4.1 Listings

Latest Bluetooth SIG listings demonstrate CSR's continued leadership in Bluetooth

Cambridge, UK and San Jose, California, USA - 11 December 2013 - CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) is proud to announce the listing of its first Bluetooth® 4.1 qualified solutions for its Bluetooth dual mode and Bluetooth single mode devices. Bluetooth 4.1, which was announced last week by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, is set to greatly improve the flexibility of classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart communications. It will allow developers to design ever more attractive, secure and functional wearables and wireless sensors which can communicate with one another, as well as with multiple Bluetooth hubs at the same time.

"Bluetooth innovation is in our DNA," says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. "We were the first company to deliver a single chip Bluetooth solution to market and since then we have continually reaffirmed our commitment to the technology by bringing the best Bluetooth advancements to market. We are members of the Bluetooth SIG's Core Specification Working Group and have played an instrumental role in developing the Bluetooth 4.1 specification. Coupled with us being one of the first to list Bluetooth 4.1 compliant solutions, this reinforces our commitment to supporting this exciting specification update."

CSR will implement all of the important enhancements introduced in the Bluetooth 4.1 specification in its upcoming connectivity platforms, from single mode low energy and wireless audio platforms through to discrete connectivity products. This will allow developers to employ the latest Bluetooth capabilities in their devices and expand their offerings to new markets.

Some examples of what Bluetooth 4.1 can enable include:

  • Introducing AES encryption to deliver more secure connections. This feature allows wireless headsets to target new markets such as governmental, medical and banking applications where strong security is paramount; and

  • Enabling headsets, speakers and soundbars to be controlled by a dedicated Bluetooth Smart remote control, or mobile app, whilst concurrently streaming audio from a completely different device

"Since the advent of Bluetooth Smart the applications for Bluetooth technology have exploded beyond contacts, message and audio transmissions to connecting a new ecosystem of accessories such as the Nike FuelBand SE and Samsung Galaxy Gear," continues Murray. "According to a recent report by IHS[1] unit shipments of wearable technology will reach 210 million by 2018. Bluetooth 4.1 is the key to unlocking the next stage in the consumer experience by enabling these devices to communicate intelligently together and to the hub devices all at once. For example, imagine a heart rate monitor showing your vital signs concurrently on your work out machine's screen, your sports watch, smartphone and even your TV. CSR's Bluetooth 4.1 compliant platforms will make these kinds of scenarios seamless and hassle free for consumers."

[1] IHS - The World Market for Wearable Technology - World - 2013 Edition

Notes to editors
For a full list of the major features enabled by Bluetooth 4.1, please refer to the Bluetooth SIG website.

About 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 systems, Bluetooth®, 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. More information can be found at www.csr.com. Keep up to date with CSR on our technical blog or CSR people blog, YouTube, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.

CAUTIONARY NOTE ON 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® 4.1 qualified solutions or 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 aptX audio technology, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR's Bluetooth® 4.1 qualified solutions or 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.

Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth logos are trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and licensed to CSR.

Wi-Fi®, Wi-Fi Alliance®, WMM®, Wi-Fi Protected Access®, WPA®, WPA2®, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ and Wi-Fi Multimedia™ are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Other products, services and names used in this document may have been trademarked by their respective owners.

For more information contact:
US:

Nate Hubbell
March Communications
+1 (617) 960-9875
csr@marchpr.com

UK:
Russell Lindsey
Rocket Communications
+44(0)845 370 7024
csr@rocketcomms.net

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