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Bluetooth company CSR buys voice software supplier

Posted: 17 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:bluetooth solutions? clarity technologies? communications systems? wireless?

Bluetooth solutions provider CSR plc has purchased Clarity Technologies Inc., a provider of software and services for improving the audio quality of voice-based communications systems and products, in a $17.1 million cash deal.

Clarity Technologies supplies voice extraction and echo cancellation software based on proprietary technology that enhances the audio performance of wireless headsets, wireless handsets and automotive hands-free systems.

CSR is a leading Bluetooth provider, claiming to have a unit market share of 51 percent of Bluetooth devices shipped in the fourth quarter of 2004. The company's products are qualified to the new Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) specification.

CSR expects the Clarity acquisition to help it meet industry needs for higher quality audio solutions for Bluetooth headsets and hands-free car audio systems.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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