CSR Unveils RoadRunner2 Bluetooth In-car Hands-free Kit

CSR (LSE:CSR) announced the launch of RoadRunner2, the second in its highly successful range of designs for Bluetooth in-car hands-free kits. RoadRunner2 is a generic development platform based on CSR’s BlueCore5-Multimedia Bluetooth silicon, and allows OEMs to develop a highly customisable and feature rich hands-free kit, with minimal time-to-market.

CSR’s RoadRunner2 is the first design to offer Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR for automotive applications, and now includes CSR’s Clear Voice Capture (CVC) echo cancellation algorithm to provide excellent audio quality despite the environmental demands. It also supports FM when the hands-free is streamed to the car radio.

CSR RoadRunner2 automotive car-kit development platformRoadRunner2 is capable of receiving music from mobile phones or even MP3 players. In addition it can receive music from different sources such as an SD Card or an audio jack-In, and then transmit to the speakers or via FM to the car stereo system.

RoadRunner2 supports Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP). It can also retrieve phone book entries from mobile phones that do not support PBAP by storing the phone book entries in a Serial Flash memory. The digital signal processor (DSP) is used to quickly show the caller’s name for an incoming call. In addition the BlueCore5-Multimedia chip can also control a screen and a rotary input for added functionality.

CSR’s BlueLab configuration software is included as part of the RoadRunner2 package, allowing designers to easily alter elements of their final product including flash parameters, PIO assignment to buttons, MMI and ring tones.

“BlueCore5-Multimedia is an exceptionally flexible and powerful chip,” said Rafik Jallad, Vice President of CSR’s Automotive Strategic Business Unit. “By using this chip to its full potential, customers will be in a position to produce highly competitive and compelling products. We have already launched RoadTunes, a reference design for easily adding Bluetooth functionality to PNDs and factory-fit car multimedia systems. We confidently expect RoadRunner2 to be every bit as successful as its predecessor, driving a new standard of performance and feature set into the growing aftermarket car kit hands-free market.”

CSR’s RoadRunner2 is available now.

About CSR
CSR is the leading global provider of personal wireless technology and its product portfolio covers Bluetooth, GPS, FM and Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11). CSR offers developed hardware/software solutions, based around its silicon platforms, that incorporate fully integrated radio, baseband and microcontroller elements. CSR’s customers include industry leaders such as Apple, Dell, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TomTom and Toshiba. CSR has its headquarters and offices in Cambridge, UK, and offices in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, India, France, Denmark, Sweden and both Dallas and Detroit in the USA.