July 29, 2014 13:21 UTC

CSRmesh™ Development Kit Accelerates Internet of Things Product Development

Development Kit Enables Rapid Deployment of Bluetooth® Smart Prototypes Using Game-Changing CSRmesh Protocol

SAN JOSE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, U.K.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bluetooth® innovator CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces the launch of its CSRmesh™ Development Kit, which will allow developers to get hands on with the recently launched CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart protocol. The kit, which became available from selected CSR distributors in July 2014, includes development boards, a USB programmer and access to the development platform (SDK) which includes example applications to accelerate the development of new low power connected Internet-of-Things (IoT) products. The SDK is initially offered with software supporting networked lighting applications, with updates for home automation and other IoT applications based on CSRmesh due later in the year.

The technically disruptive CSRmesh protocol, which launched earlier this year, allows for an almost unlimited number of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices to be simply networked together and controlled directly from a single smartphone, tablet or PC for the first time. The solution combines a configuration and control protocol with CSR’s proven Bluetooth Smart devices, including the CSR101x™ family. CSRmesh has already been adopted by several Tier-One lighting manufacturers, including Samsung, for its smart lighting solutions.

“We are seeing Bluetooth Smart underpinning many more products as the Internet-of-Things shifts from concept to reality,” says Rick Walker, Marketing Manager for IoT at CSR. “By launching the CSRmesh Development Kit we are equipping developers with the tools they need to innovate and take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the IoT. We are helping them to bring networked devices to market as quickly and simply as possible.”

The CSRmesh protocol uses Bluetooth Smart to send messages to other Bluetooth Smart devices in the network, which in turn relay them onward. Messages can be addressed to individual devices or groups of devices. It is also possible for devices to belong to multiple groups. Control is enabled via any recent smartphone that supports the Bluetooth Smart standard, or via standard control devices such as light switches or control panels that have been Bluetooth Smart enabled.

“From the time CSR shipped the first single chip Bluetooth device almost 15 years ago, to the launch of CSRmesh this year, CSR has maintained its leadership position in the Bluetooth market by driving innovation,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “Making this innovation accessible to developers in an easy to use kit is an important part of our strategy, allowing them to use our technology to create an exciting next generation of IoT devices.”

The CSRmesh Development Kit features:

  • 3x CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart development boards
  • 1x USB programmer
  • Batteries and Setup Guide

Developers can also purchase additional CSRmesh Development Boards to expand their mesh development and testing. The full CSRmesh development kit is now available from selected CSR distributors from $299. Additional development boards can be purchased from $49 each. Information on CSR’s range of Bluetooth Smart development tools and kits as well as technical support can be found via forum.csr.com and WiKi.csr.com.

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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 Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronic products, including the performance of Bluetooth® Smart products using the CSRmesh protocol, 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 Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, including the performance of Bluetooth® Smart products using the CSRmesh protocol, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart platforms 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.

Contacts

US:
March Communications
Nate Hubbell, +1-617-960-9875
csr@marchpr.com
or
UK:
Octopus Group
Russell Lindsey, +44(0)845 370 7024
csr@weareoctopusgroup.net


Source: CSR