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CSR's test facilities receive BRTF seal

Posted: 21 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:seal status BRTF? facility test? SIG recognized?

CSR has achieved recognition by the Bluetooth SIG as a Bluetooth Recognised Test Facility (BRTF). CSR's test facilities are regarded as having developed to the point where it can entirely test its own firmware, rather than using an external testing house. The BRTF status means that CSR can be more agile in its testing practices, helping customers to get their products to market faster, reinforcing CSR's continued expertise in Bluetooth.

BRTFs are organizations recognized by the Bluetooth SIG as able to perform 'Category A' tests as defined by the SIG's Test Case Reference List and Test Plan Generator (TCRL and TPG). BRTFs may only perform tests on behalf of their own company.

CSR's ability to act as a BRTF means that it can maintain closer control of test procedures and provide a faster and more flexible approach, passing on the benefits of agility and cost savings to its customers. CSR is now able to deliver the complete end-to-end package of silicon, firmware, development tools and testing.

"This endorsement by the SIG is a real honor," said Nigel Hall, manager of CSR's Bluetooth Test Facility. "CSR has always been a leader in terms of the quality of its internal testing procedures. But it is nice to have official recognition of our expertise from the SIG. This is a strong message to deliver to our customers; that we now have control of every stage of each product's development internally, and waste no time or money unnecessarily on external testing. This is a saving that our customers will be able to feel."

BRTF status requires adherence to strict qualification criteria, and is awarded to companies that have achieved expert status in Bluetooth technologies. CSR is currently one of only three companies listed by the Bluetooth SIG as having qualified.

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