CSR Launches Industry’s Most Highly Integrated Processors for Printers …

CAMBRIDGE, England SUNNYVALE, Calif., Apr 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
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today introduced the Quatro
5300 series of programmable imaging processors, the most highly
integrated solutions available for efficiently developing the next
generation of printers, scanners and all-in-ones (AIOs) that meet the
latest EU and U.S. energy-efficiency requirements. Sampling now, the
Quatro 5300 series’ reduced overall system BOM cost, programmable
architecture and modular firmware platform help OEMs create smaller,
less expensive controllers for a wide range of low-end to mid-range
products and bring them to market more quickly.

“The Quatro 5300 series sets a new industry benchmark for the level of
integrated functionality in a product of this kind, and represents the
latest example of the continuous innovation and integration CSR is
pursuing with the highly successful Quatro
product line,” said Neil Epstein, Senior Director of Product
Marketing for Document Imaging at CSR. “The Quatro 5300 processor is
already being used by several of our Tier-One customers to develop
highly economical products that will be available in stores starting
early next year, and with the Quatro 5300’s compelling cost-savings and
other advantages, we are confident it can provide an attractive solution
for other OEMs seeking to build market share and volume in the
price-sensitive BRIC markets and elsewhere.”

Highest Level of Integration in the Industry

The Quatro
5300 series eliminates the need for many of the external components
typically used to control printers, scanners and AIOs, making the Quatro
5300 series an attractive solution for OEMs seeking to reduce BOM costs.
Newly integrated features include ARM Cortex™-M3 microcontroller cores
for direct control of printer and scanner motors, eliminating the need
for external motor control ICs. The Quatro 5300 also supports the latest
graphical user interface designs with its integrated ARM Mali™-400 MP
GPU, LCD controller and touch screen controller interface. The
integrated Silicon Labs’ V.34 hardware fax modem provides a
globally-programmable telephone line interface with proven performance,
and the Quatro 5300 series also integrates a complete scanner analog
front end (AFE). The integrated DRAM interface supports DDR2 and DDR3
memory, enabling use of the lowest cost option as the memory market
evolves, while the integrated DAC provides cost-effective sensor
control. An innovative 14-mm advanced quad flat no-lead (aQFN) package
reduces board area and material cost compared to conventional BGA
packages.

Greater Energy Efficiency

The Quatro 5300’s energy-saving low-power sleep mode can reduce
processor power consumption to less than 100 milliwatts, more than
enough to meet the new EU energy efficiency requirements expected to be
implemented in January 2013. The Quatro 5300 low-power sleep mode
disables unused function blocks, reduces the system clock frequency,
puts DRAM into self-refresh mode and operates the CPU only on internal
memory to monitor USB, Ethernet and operator panel interfaces for
wake-up conditions.

Faster, Easier Software Development

Developers will appreciate the Quatro 5300 series’ fast ARM11™ CPU core,
up to 525 MHz, and dual Quatro 4-datapath SIMD DSP cores, which enable
the Quatro 5300 series to efficiently cover a range of applications
including inkjet printers and AIOs, monochrome laser/LED printers and
AIOs up to 50 ppm, color laser/LED printers and AIOs up to 25 ppm and
document scanners. Higher-end products are covered by the CSR Quatro
4500 series. The CSR Inferno™ modular firmware platform provides
developers with a single firmware base for the full range of Quatro
processors that enables them to easily customize features to meet their
specific needs and efficiently build cost-effective controllers for a
wide range of products. The Quatro programmable CPU, DSP and
microcontroller cores enable developers to implement their own unique
features, image processing algorithms and mechanism controls using
standard tools for faster software development and time to market.
Developers can choose between Embedded Linux or ThreadX® RTOS for the
underlying operating system, and the extensive CSR library of optimized
image processing algorithms for the Quatro family makes developing image
processing pipelines easy.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

For Wi-Fi connectivity, the CSR UniFi® CSR6030™ and CS6031™ solutions
interface directly with the Quatro 5300 and the CSR Synergy™
connectivity software is integrated with Inferno.

Availability and Pricing

The CSR Quatro 5300 series uses 40nm silicon process technology and is
sampling now, with production volumes expected by the end of this year.
It is available in either 14-mm aQFN or 23-mm BGA packages, depending on
model and configuration. Please contact CSR for pricing and other
information.

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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(TM) 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 blog,
or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.

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 Quatro 5300 series of programmable imaging processors
and their integrated features, including, but not limited to, ARM
Cortex™-M3 microcontroller cores, an ARM Mali™-400 MP GPU, a LCD
controller, a touch screen controller interface, a Silicon Labs® V.34
hardware fax modem, a complete scanner analog front end and a DRAM
interface, and their performance characteristics in printers, scanners,
and all-in-ones, and other future events and their potential effects on
CSR. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as
‘will,’ ‘can,’ ‘expected,’ ‘can provide,’ ‘to develop,’ ‘pursuing,’
‘enabling,’ and other similar expressions regarding the performance
characteristics of CSR’s Quatro 5300 series of programmable imaging
processors, and their performance characteristics in consumer
electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future
release of CSR’s Quatro 5300 series of programmable imaging processors
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.

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 the Wi-Fi
Alliance.

Other products, services and names used in this document may have been
trademarked by their respective owners.

SOURCE: CSR



        
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