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RFaxis Partners with CSR in Automotive, Consumer, and “Internet of Things” Segments

RFaxis, Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company focused on developing innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity and cellular mobility markets, today announced its partnership with British chipmaker CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) for reference designs aimed at multiple wireless connectivity markets.

CSR provides a broad portfolio of connectivity chipsets which enable high quality, high reliability Wi-Fi / Bluetooth end user experiences, including seamless high fidelity wireless audio and whole-home coverage. The reference designs feature RFaxis single-chip, single-die CMOS RF Front-End Integrated Circuit (RFeIC™) technology and will be paired with CSR’s UniFi® CSR6030™ 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi solution and CSR8811™ and CSR8311™ Bluetooth® low energy radio chipsets.

These reference platforms are targeted for automotive infotainment, consumer electronics, IoT (Internet of Things), and M2M (machine-to-machine) communications market segments, covering a wide range of products such as In-Car Entertainment (ICE) systems, car kits, wireless speakers, health and fitness computer wearables, personal navigation devices (PNDs), cameras, scanners, and printers.

“We are delighted to partner with RFaxis to deliver high performance, cost-effective platform solutions that help our customers differentiate their end products, whatever market they are in,” said Thomas Carmody, Head of Connectivity Marketing at CSR. “The company’s fully integrated low-cost RF front-ends will enable us to further accelerate our attach rates within our strategic focus areas.”

“Our innovative CMOS RF front-end technology helps simplify CSR’s design process and accelerates time to market while delivering high performance at a competitive cost,” said Raymond Biagan, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at RFaxis. “We are pleased to be partnering with CSR, a global leader in wireless connectivity.”

“Apart from reducing the time to design and market, RFaxis RFeIC's level of integration offers device manufacturers a very simple solution that can be implemented as a plug and play,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Swapnadeep Nayak. “The RFaxis technology helps OEMs reduce their product development cycles to as low as a few weeks, while competing solutions take months. It satisfies every performance criterion set forth by component manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).”

Technology Highlights

The reference platforms feature the CSR UniFi® CSR6030™ 2.4GHz WLAN 802.11n system-on-chip (SoC) paired with the RFaxis RFX8422S 2.4GHz 11n CMOS RFeIC with integrated high efficiency linear power amplifier (PA), receive low-noise amplifier (LNA) with bypass, antenna switch, directional-coupler based power detector, harmonic filters, and associated RF matching and decoupling in a single-chip, single-die package in bulk CMOS. Also featured is the CSR BlueCore® CSR8811™ (QFN) or CSR8311 (WLCSP) Bluetooth v4.0 SoC paired with the RFaxis RFX2401C 2.4GHz Bluetooth/ISM/ZigBee RFeIC for Class 1 operation with extended range.

About RFaxis, Inc.

Incorporated in January 2008, RFaxis, Inc. is an Irvine, CA, based company specializing in the design and development of RF semiconductors. With its patented technologies, the company leads the way in next-generation wireless solutions designed for the multibillion dollar Bluetooth, WLAN 802.11b/g/a/n/ac MIMO, ZigBee, AMR/AMI and wireless audio/video streaming markets. Leveraging pure CMOS, in conjunction with its own innovative approaches, patented technologies and trade secrets, RFaxis is home to the world's first RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC™). More information can be found at: www.rfaxis.com.

About CSR

CSR plc solves the challenges and delivers the core innovations that enable our customers to win in the global consumer electronics market. Our passionate technologists develop enhanced silicon, software and services with a focus on Voice & Music, Document Imaging, Automotive Infotainment, Bluetooth® Smart and Indoor Location. We partner with leading customers across the globe and deliver integrated and differentiated technology platforms to help them turn their great ideas into market-leading products. For more information, visit www.csr.com or keep up to date with CSR via our technical blog, people blog, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.


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 RFaxis’s and CSR’s wireless connectivity solutions and Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in automotive and consumer electronics products, and other future events and their potential effects on RFaxis or 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 RFaxis’s and CSR’s wireless connectivity solutions and Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in automotive and consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on RFaxis or CSR. Any future release of RFaxis’s or CSR’s wireless connectivity solutions and Bluetooth® Smart platforms or automotive or consumer electronics products containing such technology, related products or modifications to such products’ capability, functionality or features are subject to ongoing evaluation by RFaxis and CSR and their respective customers, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by RFaxis or CSR or their respective customers and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. Such forward-looking statements represent the current expectations and beliefs of management of RFaxis or CSR, and are based upon numerous assumptions regarding RFaxis’s and CSR’s business strategies and the environment in which RFaxis and 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 RFaxis or CSR. RFaxis and CSR do 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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