CSR launches low-power chipsets with HD voice support

Bluetooth chip maker CSR (www.csr.com) has announced its latest low-power products will support HD voice, with consumer devices incorporating the parts “available in shops in time for Christmas.”

The CSR8000 supports “wideband speech”/HD voice, classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth High Speed/3.0, and Bluetooth low energy/4.0, plus FM. There’s also an onboard DSP so manufacturers can include audio enhancements such as CVC and apt-X.

There are four products “already in mass production with tier one customers” – making CES 2011 a most interesting place to be in January.  The CSR8311 is for automotive applications — “a significant amount of interest in… Wideband Speech, as a means of improving in-car calls and infotainment” – the CSR8510 for tablets, notebooks, netbooks, and PC applications and the CSR8810 and CSR8811 for handsets, PNDs, and PMPs.

“As mobile operators are rolling out HD voice as a differentiator for their service, the inclusion of Wideband Speech in our CSR8000 connectivity platform means that this benefit can immediately be extended into a full wireless HD voice experience,” said Matthew Philips, Senior Vice President of CSR’s Handset Business Unit via the canned press announcement.

CSR says more products will be announced next year.  Right now, it will be interesting to watch for the end-user products that will likely show up across Europe.

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