CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announced that Mio Technology Corporation (Mio), a leading maker of mobile GPS devices, has extended its strategic collaboration with CSR, deploying CSR’s SiRFatlasVTM SoC and TriG RF-based platform to provide the multimedia and navigation capability for its new-generation line of personal navigation devices (PNDs).
The new line is the latest member of Mio’s popular line of PNDs targeted at mainstream consumers. With the addition of CSR’s SiRFatlasV and TriG RF technologies, the new PNDs offer extremely high-performance location and multimedia capabilities to enable users the ability to quickly and accurately find where they want to go, anywhere in the world.
SiRFatlasV is a multifunction GNSS-enabled system processor delivering high levels of integration, performance, cost-effectiveness and power efficiency, enabling manufacturers to create high-volume, value-priced consumer navigation and location-aware products. The SiRFatlasV ARM 11 and DSP dual-core architecture delivers high performance GPS, high-MIPs application computing and robust multifunction capabilities on a single chip to reduce system cost and size while speeding time to market. This high degree of integration reduces parts count and bill of material (BOM) costs, power requirements and PC board size while simplifying design and speeding development and time to market. SiRFatlasV includes CSR’s hibernation technology, delivering the ability to navigate in a heart-beat and provides superior location and navigation performance via CSR’s multi-GNSS system support.
In addition, the SiRFatlasV processor can be seamlessly integrated with CSR's audio and connectivity platforms incorporating a broad range of technologies: Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi®, echo cancellation, noise suppression, FM receive and transmit and more. Mio can easily combine them as needed for different product categories in the future.
The platform includes the TriG RF advanced radio frequency (RF) front end radio chip which supports the U.S. GPS, Russian Glonass, European Galileo, and Chinese Compass systems. The multi-GNSS capability of TriG RF provides users with optimal location performance in myriad worldwide markets. In Russia and China, PNDs supporting local GNSS technologies like Glonass and Compass may have advantages in avoiding tariffs and expanding selling channels.
“CSR has a long and productive relationship with Mio, having delivered the location and connectivity functions for many of their products since 2002, including PDAs, PNDs, pocket PCs and more,” according to Rob Yeh, Director of Marketing for CSR’s Automotive Products Group. “We are very pleased that Mio has adopted our complete system platform for the new line of PNDs and we look forward to delivering more advanced CSR technologies to Mio product lines in the future.”
Mio develops and markets products which enable users to take advantage of the latest developments in mobile services. The brand was established in May 2002 and now has operations in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Mio currently employees 900+ employees worldwide and sells and markets its products in over 38 countries and territories.
It is Mio’s, prediction that mobile life and mobile business will be the main-stay of life in the future. Mio’s brand tagline, “Explore More”, focuses on changing the way people experience the world and letting users know that they can explore the world easily and freely.
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, IPS 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 blog, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc
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