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Press Release 2001

November 23, 2001 - CSR releases a new version of BlueLab, the development kit for embedded Bluetooth applications

BlueLab now includes a software development kit and Casira hardware for only $999 Richardson, TX - November 19, 2001 - CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) today announced the availability of its next generation BlueLab software development kit. BlueLab is a powerful development environment enabling the development of simple Bluetooth applications, such as headsets, which utilize the on-chip RISC micro-controller of its single-chip Bluetooth solution, BlueCore(tm)1.  CSR's Casira(tm) development kit hardware, is bundled with BlueLab, providing a complete solution for rapidly integrating Bluetooth functionality into embedded applications. One Casira end point is included in the $999 purchase price. 

Based on the GNU C compiler, BlueLab enables software developers to write a user program for a specific application on top of a pre-qualified Bluetooth software stack to run on BlueCore. Because the BlueCore stack is pre-qualified, developers using BlueLab must only write and seek qualification for their own user program. This is designed to allow development, testing and approval times to be shorter and enable a quicker time to market. BlueLab also includes a powerful Windows-driven source-level debugger offering familiar monitoring and debugging features. 

CSR's BlueCore1 is the only production ready single-chip Bluetooth solution and it includes the industry's first integrated CMOS based radio, baseband and microcontroller. By utilizing standard CMOS technology it can give cost and size advantages to designers of Bluetooth enabled end products. BlueCore has the capability of running with the full Bluetooth stack, up to RFCOMM, on-chip. This provides users with the flexibility to run some Bluetooth applications in a stand-alone mode on a single chip.

About CSR
CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) specializes in providing single-chip radio devices to the global market for short-range wireless communications, including Bluetooth(tm). The company's mission is to create the most highly integrated radio devices available, fabricated using standard CMOS technology, to provide its customers with the lowest cost of ownership of high quality digital radio.

CSR was the first company in the world to offer a true single-chip Bluetooth solution with a fully integrated 2.4GHz radio, baseband and microcontroller on one CMOS chip, with its BlueCore(tm)1. Together with external Flash ROM containing the CSR Bluetooth software stack, it provides a fully compliant solution for data and voice communications. Combined with an upper layer host software stack CSR is able to offer a one-stop-shop for customers requiring a complete Bluetooth end-to-end solution. BlueCore1 is now designed into nearly 50 percent of end-user products qualified to the Bluetooth 1.1 standard as listed on the qualified products page of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website. CSR is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in Richardson, Texas, Tokyo, Japan, Singapore and Aalborg, Denmark. 

For more information: http://www.csr.com

Mobileinfo Comments & Advisory: Cambridge Silicon Radio is, undoubtedly, a leading player in Bluetooth chip design and development. Microsoft has incorporated CSR's BlueCore serial protocol into CE.Net - its embedded operating system for small devices, even though Bluetooth has not made to the Windows XP. Hardware and software integration companies must evaluate BlueLab development environment that they have to offer.

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.


More information about CSR can be found at www.csr.com



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