CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced it has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony Corporation (TYO: 6758, NYSE: SNE) to enable the consumer electronics giant to incorporate CSR aptX® audio codec technology into a new generation of high-fidelity Bluetooth® audio accessories. Sony® is incorporating the CSR aptX technology and associated CSR Bluetooth® audio chips in a range of exciting new speaker product offerings to ensure the best possible Bluetooth stereo audio listening experience, and is introducing its first aptX-powered products at the International CES 2013.
“Sony is one of the truly iconic consumer electronics brands and its adoption of the CSR aptX codec marks a significant milestone in this technology’s evolution as the de facto industry standard for streaming high-fidelity audio over Bluetooth links,” said Anthony Murray, Business Group SVP at CSR. “From the transistor radio to the compact disc to the Walkman® music player and more, Sony has been at the forefront of audio innovation for more than half a century, and we are delighted that it has now chosen to implement aptX into a range of new speaker products for 2013 and beyond.”
CSR aptX audio codec technology enables the delivery of CD-quality stereo audio wirelessly over Bluetooth connections and is at the heart of many of the world’s most popular consumer electronics products.
For a complete listing of current CSR aptX source and client products, please visit: http://www.csr.com/technology-solutions/av/audio-products-powered-by-csr-aptxAll CSR’s news at CES can be found on its online press kit: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/2013-International-CES/CSR/ ### 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 aptX audio codec technology, CSR’s Bluetooth® audio chips and other CSR products and technology, and their performance characteristics in Sony® speaker product offerings and other 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 codec technology and CSR’s Bluetooth® audio chips, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s aptX audio codec technology, CSR’s Bluetooth® audio chips and other CSR products and technology 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.