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Posted: October 29, 2009

CSR and TSMC Collaboration Reaches New Milestones

(Nanowerk News) CSR today announced that it has shipped more than 1.5 billion units and processed more than one million wafers from foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. CSR also announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on a leading edge 40 nanometer (nm) low power (LP) RF process technology and that CSR has validated a broad range of proprietary connectivity IP blocks at this node for incorporation into their next generation Connectivity Centre SoCs.
As the pioneer in bringing single die Bluetooth products on RF CMOS technology, CSR has worked closely with TSMC over multiple generations of technologies and delivered a broad range of innovative products to mainstream consumer markets. CSR has shipped more than 1.5 billion products that drive connectivity across multiple markets including mobile phones, automobiles, computers and consumer electronics devices.
CSR's Connectivity Centre SoCs require a small form factor and lower power consumption to deliver seamless connectivity for next-generation wireless devices. TSMC’s 40nm LP RF process technology enables CSR to meet these objectives with highly integrated multi radio devices that allow the seamless coexistence of Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and FM radios. The two companies are leveraging their long relationship to help CSR achieve 40nm leadership with its multifunction radio integrated silicon platforms.
“TSMC consistently delivers cutting edge technology platforms that include integrated design collaterals and ecosystems. Our 40nm platform supports the high performance, low power, and high density RF products that will help CSR deliver next-generation experiences,” said Mark Liu, Vice President of Advanced Technology Business at TSMC. “CSR is a demonstrated wireless technology leader because of its unique ability to bring these new experiences to reality.”
“CSR’s close collaboration with TSMC is key to our ability to deliver significant advantages to our customers through industry-leading integration, power efficiency and cost efficiency of our products. We enable our customers to do more for less by selecting the technology nodes appropriate for the platform architecture we are delivering,” said Mark Redford, Vice President, Advanced Process Technology Development, CSR. “CSR’s highly integrated designs, with its portfolio of technology node optimised proprietary IP blocks, bring the best connectivity experience possible to wireless users worldwide.”
About CSR
CSR plc is a leading provider of multifunction 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.
Source: CSR (press release)
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