CSR and Universal Electronics enable control of existing home entertainment products with Bluetooth® Smart remotes
CSR first to collaborate with UEI to enable QuickSet® setup and infra-red technology on Bluetooth Smart remotes
Cambridge, UK and Santa Ana, California, USA - 25 September 2014 - CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) and Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) today announce that CSR is collaborating with Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) to add Infra-Red (IR) setup and control functionality to remote controls based on CSR µEnergy® Bluetooth® Smart platforms. With the capabilities enabled by UEI's QuickSet®, manufacturers who use the CSR1011™ chipset can deliver remote controls that offer consumers long battery life and are compatible with their existing entertainment products like DVD and Blu-ray players, cable boxes, stereo systems and other AV devices, removing the need for multiple remote controls.
"Most consumers have a variety of remote controls in their homes that utilize Infra-Red LED technology to operate products that they have accumulated over time such as digital media players and sound systems," says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. "Working with UEI, CSR offers customers an important competitive differentiator for their remotes and a 'best of both worlds' solution. Consumers can control all of their existing devices with a single remote; gain the low power benefits, increase responsiveness, and interoperability enabled by Bluetooth Smart; and establish a gateway to additional Internet of Things devices."
The UEI QuickSet IR command upload capability will be integrated into CSR1011 platform based remote control SDKs. Selecting the QuickSet option in the CSR remote SDK enables end TV and set-top box suppliers to take advantage of UEI's device control database of entertainment devices, which gives users access to many of the control functions for virtually all digital entertainment electronics devices in the world. This simple solution emulates an IR device on top of enabling a Bluetooth Smart remote control. By adding low-cost IR LEDs in a design, CSR1011 based remotes can now seamlessly work with the QuickSet application to detect, identify and control compatible devices traditionally operated via IR remotes with minimal, if any, user setup.
QuickSet integration with CSR1011 means that OEMs can achieve a lower BOM, reduced complexity and engineering time, eliminating the need to purchase secondary IR blasters.
"Bluetooth Smart connectivity enables a growing ecosystem of devices interacting with TVs and set-top boxes, ranging from intelligent remote controls to smartphones and wearables," remarked Arsham Hatambeiki, Vice President, Corporate Product Strategy at UEI. "The native integration of QuickSet with the CSR1011 Bluetooth Smart chip enables automatic and seamless universal control of AV equipment as well as a range of new applications and accessories around the home while reducing the cost and time to market for smart remote controls."
UEI QuickSet is currently deployed in over 100 million devices on a variety of platforms including set-top boxes, connected TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, game consoles, smartphones, and tablets on Linux, Windows, Android and iOS operating systems.