CSR µEnergy® Chip Powers Mad Catz® GameSmart Mobile Gaming Accessories
Bluetooth® Smart Device is a Game Changer for Next-Generation Controller and Mice
BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced that its µEnergy™ platform for Bluetooth v4.0 low energy connectivity is powering several next-generation wireless game controller and mouse products in the new Mad Catz GameSmart™ mobile gaming accessory product family. Mad Catz is using this CSR Bluetooth Smart™ solution to provide the GameSmart technology powering its new C.T.R.L.R Wireless GamePad, R.A.T.M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse and M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse, which are designed to meet the high expectations of gamers wanting controller and console-like accessory functionality for their tablets and mobile/smart devices.
Mad Catz will be demonstrating the C.T.R.L.R Wireless GamePad product at the CSR booth [Hall 6 Stand 6D35] during Mobile World Congress, using it to wirelessly interact with Windows 8 tablet games.
"We firmly believe that Bluetooth Smart is a key technology for mobile devices, and as a prominent leader in Bluetooth Smart technology, CSR is a logical choice for supplying this critical component in our range of wireless GameSmart products," said Darren Richardson, Mad Catz President and CEO. "The CSR 1011 µEnergy device we employed gives us a single-chip solution with industry-leading battery life and high levels of responsiveness and performance, essential for console-like gaming on mobile devices."
The Bluetooth Smart technology provided by CSR enables GameSmart control products to be game and hardware independent, have a simplified setup process, deliver longer battery life and provide universal compatibility. Bluetooth Smart offers direct connectivity to Windows 8 platforms, as well as to many smartphones and tablets, and GameSmart products provide a CSR8510™-based USB nano-dongle for use with legacy platforms.
The single-chip CSR1011™ µEnergy device Mad Catz chose provides not only the convenient Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity for these new GameSmart accessories, but also all the functionality needed to rapidly detect and process the multiple, fast-paced digital and analogue inputs that result from gamers manipulating the controller and mice. It offers a complete, optimised, low-energy solution, with RF, baseband, microcontroller, qualified Bluetooth v4.0 stack and the ability to run a customer application.
Fully equipped with triggers, media controls and dual analogue sticks, plus shoulder and action buttons, the C.T.R.L.R Wireless GamePad brings a fully featured, low latency, console-like experience to any compatible smart device. With an adjustable palm rest, 12 action buttons (including 10 programmable), the R.A.T.M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse is the first to combine the power of Bluetooth Smart technology with a gaming-grade laser sensor and market-leading battery life for optimum performance. Designed for everyday use, the M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse is based on its gaming mouse sister and can track on virtually any surface, even glass, for home and office applications.
"We share the Mad Catz vision for the future of control devices for mobile and tablet platforms and Bluetooth Smart technology's place in it as the emerging standard for accessories, and we look forward to working with them as their GameSmart family of products evolves," said Paul Williamson, Director of µEnergy at CSR. "By working closely with innovative partners like Mad Catz, CSR is able to continue to provide market-leading Bluetooth low energy solutions geared to the unique needs of our customers."
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About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE MKT: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios™; operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com
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
Notes to Editors
The CSR µEnergy platform addresses the needs of ultra low power connected devices by unlocking the potential of the Bluetooth low energy standard and providing everything required to create innovative Bluetooth Smart products such as the Mad Catz GameSmart mobile gaming accessories. The CSR µEnergy platform has been optimised to support only Bluetooth low energy features, allowing products to be tiny, cost-effective and power-efficient, and may be used in simple sensors such as step counting foot pods, heart rate monitors or key fobs, as well as in more complex low-power devices such as game controllers and mice, keyboards and remote controls.
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 solution, and their performance characteristics in the Mad Catz GameSmart mobile gaming accessory product family and other consumer electronic devices, 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 solution, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR's Bluetooth Smart solution 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.
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