CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced that Jarre Technologies, the provider of premium audio products founded by music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre, has licensed the CSR aptX® audio codec for a new range of high-end Bluetooth® speaker docks in order to allow users to stream music wirelessly with no degradation of audio quality.
To debut in early 2013, Jarre’s new product line-up comprises three models: the AeroPad One, a two-speaker iPod®, iPad® and iPhone® dock speaker that will retail for €499; the AeroPad Two, a four-speaker version to retail for €699; and the striking AeroSkull dock, designed to resemble a large, metalised human skull, with the speakers forming the skull’s aviator-style sunglasses.
“Jean Michel Jarre is one of the most influential and innovative musicians, composers and performers of our time, having broken new ground in electronic music and concert performances, and helped build his company’s products to his exacting specifications,” said Anthony Murray, SVP Business Group, CSR. “We are extremely honoured that Jean Michel, and his company, have chosen aptX to deliver Jarre’s trademark high-fidelity sound.”
Although standard Bluetooth technology offers the ability to stream stereo audio wirelessly from audio devices to headphones and speakers, this bandwidth-constrained solution does not come close to the audio quality consumers have come to expect from their electronic entertainment systems. CSR aptX audio coding technology solves this problem, breaking the bandwidth barrier to deliver CD-quality stereo audio wirelessly over Bluetooth connections for a variety of consumer electronics applications.This announcement marks further momentum for the aptX codec as the de facto standard for premium-quality wireless audio, and follows other recent deployments including products from Samsung, including tablets and headsets, as well as from Beats, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Monster, Sennheiser, Creative, and many others. ### 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 the CSR aptX® audio codec, and its performance characteristics in Jarre Technologies’s Bluetooth speaker docks, 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 the CSR aptX® audio codec, and its performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of the CSR aptX® audio codec 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.