|Type||Public limited company|
|Traded as||LSE: CSR|
|Headquarters||Cambridge, England, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Ron Mackintosh (Chairman)
Joep van Beurden (CEO)
Will Gardiner (CFO)
|Products||Fabless semiconductor that includes connectivity, audio, imaging and GPS chips|
|Revenue||US$ 960.7 million (2013)|
|Operating income||US$ 48.4 million (2013)|
|Net income||US$ 46.3 million (2013)|
CSR plc (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio) is a multinational fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Its main products are connectivity, audio, imaging and location chips. CSR is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
The company was founded in 1998 and split away from Cambridge Consultants as Cambridge Silicon Radio or CSR in 1999. The founding directors, who were all at Cambridge Consultants at the time were Phil O'Donovan, James Collier and Glenn Collinson. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2004.
In 2005 the company acquired Clarity Technologies, a leading Clear Voice Capture (CVC) business. In 2005 CSR also acquired the 3G wireless (WCDMA/UMTS/HSDPA) technology company UbiNetics. In 2007, CSR acquired Nordnav, a Swedish based GPS software company, and CPS, a Cambridge based GPS software company producing Enhanced GPS in partnership with Motorola.
In July 2010, CSR announced the acquisition of Belfast-based APT Licensing Ltd. (APT) and its aptX audio technology.
In May 2012, CSR acquired Direct Digital Feedback Amplifier (DDFA) technology, a proprietary, highly scalable digital Class-D audio amplifier technology.
In June 2012, CSR announced that it has completed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the MAPX (formerly MAP-X) audio product line from Trident Microsystems, Inc.
In July 2012, Samsung Electronics agreed to acquire CSR's mobile phone connectivity (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and location (GPS/GNSS) businesses and associated IP for US$310 million (£198 million). As part of the deal Samsung acquired a stake of 4.9% in CSR.
CSR’s products include platform solutions for Bluetooth, GPS, FM broadcasting, Wi-Fi, audio, imaging, and ARM processors. After the Zoran merger, CSR also makes digital imaging products based on the MIPS architecture.
CSR’s technologies are used in devices such as mobile phones, automotive infotainment and telematics systems, personal navigation devices (PNDs), Bluetooth headsets and headphone, personal computers (PCs), tablets, GPS recreational devices, digital cameras, gaming devices and personal and commercial tracking applications.
CSR has 26 offices in 12 countries:
- Churchill House, Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, UK
- Trinity House, Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, UK
- Selwyn House, Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, UK
- Unit 400, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK
- Part of St. John's House, St. John's Innovation Park, Cambridge, UK
- Quay West, Manchester, England, UK
- Bristol and Bath Science Park, Bristol, England, UK
- Legacy Building, Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
- Ingolstadt, Germany
- Freiburg, Germany
- Haifa, Israel
- Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
- Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- Sunnyvale, California, United States
- Santa Ana, California, United States
- Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
- Plano, Texas, United States
- Beijing, China
- Shanghai, China
- Shenzhen, China
- Prestige Technology Park II, Bangalore, India
- Noida, India
- Tokyo, Japan
- Seongnam, Gyunggi-Do, Korea
- Gumi, Korea
- United Square, Singapore
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Zhongli, Taiwan
- and became a FTSE250 company in the same year. Blue tooth firms IPO share fetch top price
- CSR plc acquisition of Clarity Technologies, Inc
- CSR plc: Acquisition of UbiNetic's software
- CPS buys Nordnav, CPS to add GPS capability
- Merger Agreement with SiRF
- CSR plc announces merger with Zoran Corporation
- "Samsung buys chipmaker CSR's handset technology". Reuters. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Qualcomm trumps Microchip with $2.5 billion deal for Britain's CSR" (Press release). Reuters. 15 October 2014.
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