Wednesday, July 7, 2010

CSR announces dual- and single-mode Bluetooth v4.0 qualifications

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND & SAN JOSE, USA: CSR announced that immediately following the Bluetooth SIG adoption of the full Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 with the hallmark feature Bluetooth low energy technology, it has qualified its own Bluetooth v4.0 host stack software.

This enables a complete CSR solution for both dual-mode and single-mode Bluetooth low energy products. In December 2009, CSR was one of the first companies to qualify its BlueCore7 products to both single- and dual-mode, and today’s adoption of the Bluetooth low energy technology host stack by the Bluetooth SIG marks the point at which the Bluetooth low energy ecosystem can really takeoff.

“With its ultra low power and compatibility to the new Bluetooth standard, Bluetooth low energy technology has the potential to create a whole new ecosystem of connected devices that can significantly enhance the lives of billions of people worldwide,” said Kanwar Chadha, chief marketing officer for CSR.

“As mobile handsets, personal computers and consumer electronics products deploy the new Bluetooth v4.0 standard, it creates an opportunity for linking these platforms to billions of connections powered by Bluetooth low energy technology in devices as varied as remote controls, watches, toys, medical instruments, home automation and smart energy controls. At CSR we are very excited about this and we are focused on getting fully-qualified innovative products to our lead customers as quickly as possible to accelerate the development of this ecosystem.”

CSR has contributed to the development of Bluetooth low energy technology from the very early days. In April 2008, at a Continua Health Alliance medical conference in Luxembourg, CSR gave the first public demonstration of Bluetooth low energy technology.

CSR developed its BlueCore7 product, launched in July 2008, to be ready to support the ultra low power specification. Then in December 2009, CSR was one of the first companies to qualify its technology for both single-mode and dual-mode applications.

CSR continues to play an important role in driving the Bluetooth SIG adoption of the Bluetooth low energy specification, with CSR’s Robin Heydon, global standards consultant, acting as co-chair of the Bluetooth SIG Ultra-Low Power Working Group.

In recognition for his significant contribution to defining the Bluetooth low energy technology standard and his extraordinary commitment over the years to the development and promotion of Bluetooth wireless technology, Robin was recently inducted into the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) ‘Hall of Fame’.

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