CSR Partners with Audio Expert Monster to Launch First aptX® Low Latency Enabled Tablet

Monster Rises to Meet the Demand for Mobile Devices that Enable High-Quality Wireless Audio

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SAN JOSE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces that Monster, Inc., famous for creating high-performance headphones, connectivity solutions and A/V accessories, has enabled its 7 inch Monster® M7 Android-based tablet with aptX® Low Latency. The audio codec enables consumers using aptX Low Latency enabled Bluetooth® headphones or speakers to watch videos and play games while enjoying CD-like quality wireless audio on mobile devices with no lip or action-synchronization issues.

“Monster’s tablet is the first device to market that matches innovative design with a high fidelity, low latency wireless audio experience that is perfect for listening to music, watching video or mobile gaming,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “Enabling this tablet with aptX Low Latency demonstrates Monster’s commitment to maximizing the sound quality and experience users can expect from their devices.”

Although standard Bluetooth technology can be used to stream stereo audio wirelessly from mobile handsets and tablets to headphones and speakers, its inherent latency of more than 150 ms is not ideal for video or gaming applications. This is because there is a significant time lapse between the sound and video experienced by the viewer.

CSR aptX Low Latency technology is designed to mitigate this problem by delivering a total end-to-end latency of just under 40 ms, well within recommended limits for audio and video synchronization applications. This means consumers can enjoy watching video and playing games on their tablets with their wireless audio devices, without the annoyance of speech or sound effects such as gun shots being out of sync with what is on screen.

Monster also uses CSR aptX codec technology in a range of its high-fidelity wireless speakers and headphones, including the Monster®iSport® Freedom headphones and the Monster®ClarityHD speakers.

“We have always been dedicated to offering the best audio experiences possible from our products and we wanted to continue this tradition with our first tablet launch,” said “Head Monster” Noel Lee. “The aptX codec ensures our portable speaker systems and headphones offer high-quality audio streaming over Bluetooth, but with aptX Low Latency in the M7 we can take this one step further by eliminating any audio/video sync issues.”

The Monster® M7 tablet is its first device with aptX Low Latency and is exclusively available now at Walmart.com, and soon at Sam's Club stores.

“Mobile gaming has exploded in recent years and this launch marks the point at which we will see the consumer market really open up to using Bluetooth for their wireless audiovisual entertainment needs,” concludes Murray. “We’re really looking forward to seeing the aptX Low Latency ecosystem grow further, enabling more people to enjoy the high quality audio experience that aptX is famed for when they watch videos and play games.”

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 optimized 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 CVCaudio 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 technical blog or CSR people blog, YouTube, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.

About Monster

Monster was founded more than 30 years ago by Head Monster Noel Lee, a recipient of the prestigious Plus X Award®: Lifetime Achievement Award, as a company dedicated to creating products that enhance the sound quality of music. The company engineered the sound of the acclaimed Beats by Dr. Dre® headphones, and has become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, sonically superior headphones, all of which feature the company’s Pure Monster Sound. Monster is also the world's leading manufacturer of advanced connectivity solutions for high- performance home entertainment, audio, home cinema, computer and gaming, as well as a leading innovator in the field of mobile accessories and professional audio. The company also provides high-performance AC power line conditioning and protection products for audio/video systems, as well as energy-saving power products. Monster continues to lead in innovation with over 300 U.S. and international patents and dozens pending, offering more than 4,000 products in over 134 countries worldwide.

Explore the world of Monster at www.monsterproducts.com. To become a fan of Monster® products, please follow us on Facebook

(www.facebook.com/monsterproducts) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/monsterproducts).

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 aptX audio technology, and their performance characteristics in Philip’s wireless audio devices and other consumer electronic products, and other future events and their potential effects on CSR. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as ‘will,’ ‘can deliver,’ ‘offers', 'allows', 'to enhance,’ ‘enables,’ 'designed to' and other similar expressions regarding the performance characteristics of CSR’s aptX audio technology, and their performance characteristics in consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any future release of CSR’s aptX audio technology 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.

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Contact:
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March Communications
Nate Hubbell, +1 617-960-9875
csr@marchpr.com
or
UK:
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Russell Lindsey, +44(0)845 370 7024
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