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CSR and Maestro Wireless Solutions Launch High Performance, Low Power and Small Form Factor GNSS


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2014-08-13 21:38:01 - New A5100-A Module is Ideal for Bringing Asset Tracking, Automotive and Wearable Devices to Market Quickly

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR and Cambridge, UK – August 13, 2014 – Hong Kong based Maestro Wireless Solutions, a leading manufacturer of location receivers, and CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE), a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions for location-aware applications, announce the immediate availability of the A5100-A, a next-generation SiRFstarV™ Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) positioning module that combines high performance GPS and GLONASS receiver technology in a small 10 x 15 mm package. The A5100-A is ideal for a wide range of applications including wearable devices, cameras and automotive trackers.

The A5100-A is the first release within Maestro’s new line of GNSS receivers. It achieves unprecedented accuracy with quad-constellation support, up to 30 percent faster Time-To-First-Fix

(TTFF), and up to 20 percent lower power consumption using CSR’s TricklePowerTM and Push-to-Fix (PtF) modes. The module also accelerates customer time to market and reduces development risks by integrating a number of features including, TCXO, SAW filter, RTC, antenna control mechanism, and flash memory for future-proof upgrades, as well as, offering a drop-in replacement capability for Maestro’s previous SiRFstar4 generation modules. The castellated edge form factor also enables simpler manufacturing and reduces assembly cost.

“Maestro Wireless has worked closely with CSR for many years to design and commercialize highly accurate and reliable location products,” said Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “But to win in today’s highly competitive consumer electronics market performance isn’t enough. That’s why we’ve worked with Maestro Wireless to develop a solution that excels in a range of performance metrics but also offers the small form factor essential for today’s compact devices and is highly integrated to help them get to market fast.”

Supporting all currently deployed GNSS, the A5100-A acquires and tracks all visible GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, and SBAS satellites. Concurrent GNSS performance enables the A5100-A to choose the best satellites from different constellations and deliver optimal location information. Immediate benefits are better coverage, enhanced stability and accuracy in difficult environments, such as urban canyons, and stronger resilience to multipath and signal jamming. This ensures consumers maintain a position fix whether they’re in the middle of a busy city or in a remote rural location.

“The A5100-A is perfect for customers designing highly integrated products that need uncompromising performance but are pressured by the speed required to go-to market and lack of development resources,” said Olivier Bernard, EVP of Business Development at Maestro. “By combining low power consumption with high sensitivity, high jamming immunity and concurrent GNSS operation, and with its drop in upgrade path to the A2200-A, the A5100-A creates a fast and convenient route to the latest GNSS offering in the marketplace, to meet these needs quickly.”

The A5100-A offers a range of other valuable features including:

- Direct to Battery connectivity: Connects directly to a rechargeable 1.8V-3.6V Lithium battery enabling system cost reduction and increased power efficiency.

- Low Power technology: Optimized for power consumption by incorporating CSR’s breakthrough PtF technology. PtF rapidly establishes a valid position fix enabling the module to hibernate for longer periods of time, and adaptively changes power depending on the operating environment and motion conditions. Advanced algorithms and a powerful on-chip DSP processor maintain high accuracy (QoS) while achieving the lowest power level possible for the given environmental and motion conditions.

- InstantFixTM Extended Ephemeris (EE): Accelerates TTFF for devices without internet connectivity such as cameras and wearable devices, by autonomously predicting EE for as long as three days and up to 31 days when connected to a network that supports SiRFInstantFixTM server generated extended ephemeris data (SGEE).
Samples and evaluation kits are now available from Digi-key, Mouser and RichardsonRFPD. Detailed information and technical documents can be found at www.maestro-wireless.com, and by contacting a local Maestro sales representative or authorized distributor.

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About Maestro Wireless Solutions
Maestro Wireless Solutions, a Telefield International (Holdings) company (HKEx:1143), offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless solutions and integration services for the M2M and location markets. Applying over 15 years of knowledge in wireless communications, the company provides effective and highly reliable wireless solutions, ranging from off-the-shelf, generic, easy-to-use modems, to specific and optimized OEM integration. Based in Hong Kong, with regional offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Maestro has worldwide reach through its network of distribution partners and has deployed in excess of half-a-million modems in over 40 countries.

More information is available online at www.maestro-wireless.com

About CSR
CSR solves the challenges and delivers the core innovations that enable our customers to win in the global consumer electronics market. Our passionate technologists develop enhanced silicon, software and services with a focus on Voice & Music, Document Imaging, Automotive Infotainment, Bluetooth® Smart and Indoor Location. We partner with leading customers across the globe and deliver integrated and differentiated technology platforms to help them turn their great ideas into market-leading products. For more information, visit www.csr.com or keep up to date with CSR via our technical blog, people blog, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. For more information on aptX®, our wireless audio codec, visit www.aptx.com

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 SiRFstarV™ GNSS location solutions, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronic products, including the performance of the A5100-A using the SiRFstarV™ technology, 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 SiRFstarV™ GNSS location solutions, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, including the performance of the A5100-A using the SiRFstarV™ technology, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s SiRFstarV™ GNSS location solutions 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 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.

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