SMK Electronics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of OEM components, remote controls and consumer electronics accessories, and CSR plc (LSE: CSR) (NASDAQ: CSRE), a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions, today announced that the companies will demonstrate new Bluetooth® Smart-enabled advanced remote controls this week at International 2013 CES, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #20661.
Incorporating CSR’s CSR1001™ and CSR8510™ A10 chip solutions (single- and dual-mode Bluetooth low energy solutions optimized for human interface devices), SMK’s Bluetooth Smart-enabled remote controls incorporate advanced capabilities including pointing gesture recognition, low-latency voice command and device-to-remote “back channel” communications. Additionally, SMK’s Smart-enabled remotes are up to six times more energy efficient than models using earlier Bluetooth technology.
“We are pleased to be working closely with CSR through our SMK Europe Group in the development of advanced remote control capabilities and user interface options,” said Paul Evans, President of SMK Electronics Corporation. “The Bluetooth 4.0 Smart communications protocol, in conjunction with CSR’s innovative µEnergy platform, creates the beginnings of a robust RF remote standard – supplying our customers worldwide with new remote control functionalities and user interface options; while delivering non-line-of-sight operation and extended battery life.”
“Next generation Smart TVs and set-top boxes, with their expanding universe of user programming and control options, will require advanced consumer remote controls powered by a standards-based RF technology,” added Anthony Murray, Business Group SVP of CSR. “Working with SMK, CSR’s µEnergy platform for Bluetooth, specifically our CSR1001 and CSR8510 A10 solutions, is perfectly positioned to meet this need, providing innovative functionality while facilitating interactions with other home devices including Smart TVs, smartphones and tablets.”CSR’s µEnergy Platform for Remote Controls The CSR µEnergy® platform, optimized for remote control and wireless keyboard applications, provides all the components necessary to create a Bluetooth Smart product--with RF, baseband, microcontroller, qualified Bluetooth 4.0 stack, keypad scanning hardware and customer application running on a single CSR1001™ chip. With Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology, Smart devices can operate for years on a single set of batteries. The CSR µEnergy platform for Bluetooth Smart uses the recently adopted HID Over GATT Profile (HOGP) to enable TV and set-top box control functions without compromising ease-of use and signal responsiveness. HOGP also enables communications between a Bluetooth Smart and a host device, such as that between a remote control and a Smart TV, set-top box or tablet. 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 About SMK Electronics SMK Electronics is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of remote control solutions. Producing more than 70 million units annually, SMK Electronics, in coordination with SMK’s European division, the SMK Europe Group, is uniquely positioned to help its global customers offer advanced digital entertainment services through the development of remote control devices that support rich media, interactive content and advanced TV features. For more information, visit SMK Electronics USA, SMK Europe Group and SMK Corporation. Cautionary Note on CSR Forward Looking Statements 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 Wi-Fi Alliance. Other products, services, and names used in this document may have been trademarked by their respective owners.