CSR Licenses Advanced ARM Cortex Multiprocessor Technology

26 January 2011

CSR expands its commitment to ARM IP for use in next generation automotive navigation and location aware consumer platforms

CAMBRIDGE, UK – January 26th 2011 – ARM and CSR plc, (LSE: CSR)today announced that they have signed a major licensing agreement for the ARM® Cortex™ -A5 MPCore™ and Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processors. CSR intends to target the advanced technology towards strengthening its leadership position in providing location-aware SoC platforms for In-Vehicle Navigation and Infotainment and Portable Navigation Device (PND) markets and for new, emerging location-aware consumer device markets, especially in the fast growing economies of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India & China) countries. 

"This licensing agreement expands our existing ARM processor portfolio, and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to enhance consumer experience with our platforms by investing in leading edge IP,” said Kanwar Chadha, Chief Marketing Officer, CSR. “We are now positioned to fully respond to market needs by exploiting the total potential of ARM powered system-on-chip solutions for next generation consumer devices and automotive systems.”

The scalability of both processors provides the flexibility for us to optimize the performance for each application within a low power footprint,” added Babak Bastani, VP of Global Chip Design, CSR. “Combining our state of the art location and connectivity expertise with two software-compatible processors, based on the standard ARM architecture will enable us to reduce our development costs while delivering leading edge products to market in a timely manner.”  

“This latest agreement with a global leader in wireless connectivity and location markets demonstrates the continued market momentum for the ARM Cortex-A series processors and ARM MPCore technology,” said Eric Schorn, VP marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “By leveraging the performance and power efficiency benefits of the Cortex family of processors along with their leading edge technologies, CSR can offer feature-rich, future proof solutions for every segment of the consumer electronics market.”

The Cortex-A5 processor is fully application compatible with the Cortex-A9 processor, enabling joint access to an established developer and software ecosystem including Android™, Adobe® Flash®, Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), JavaFX, Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded, Symbian and Ubuntu, along with more than 700 ARM Connected Community® members.  

The ARM MPCore technology enables developers to exceed the performance of today’s high-performance embedded devices while consuming significantly less power. In addition, the Cortex-A series processors feature power management features including adaptive gating, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling and the ability for each core to go independently into standby, dormant or power-off energy management states, providing control over the dynamic as well as the static energy consumed by both the processor and memories.

The Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A9 processors can contain up to four independently configured but fully coherent cores, carrying out multiple tasks on each one in parallel. However since any complexity is hidden in hardware, the processor can be programmed as easily as a single core processor by utilizing one of the many SMP-aware operating systems. 


About CSR
CSR plc is a leading provider of multifunction audio connectivity and location platforms. CSR's technology portfolio includes Bluetooth, GPS, FM, Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11), UWB, NFC and other technologies to enable silicon platforms that incorporate fully integrated radio, baseband and microcontroller elements. CSR's Connectivity Centre is designed to enhance the user experience with mainstream mobile devices by intelligent integration of multiple wireless connectivity and location-awareness technologies. CSR's Location Platforms are complemented by wireless connectivity and multimedia capabilities for high-volume mobile consumer devices and commercial applications.  

CSR's technology has been adopted by market leaders into a wide range of mobile consumer devices such as mobile phones, automobile navigation and telematics systems, portable navigation devices (PNDs), wireless headsets, mobile computers, mobile internet devices, GPS recreational devices, digital cameras, mobile gaming, plus a wide range of personal and commercial tracking applications.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by following these links:  

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Cortex and MPCore are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Limited.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.;ARM Belgium Services BVBA; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS and ARM Sweden AB

Contact Details:

For ARM:

Alan Tringham
+44 1223 400947

Trina Watt
+44 223 400835

For CSR:

Phil Wood
01223 692206

Chris King/Alex Perryman
+44 208 408 8000


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