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CSR plc (Cambridge Silicon Radio)

CSR-logo CSR plc (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio) was a multinational fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Its main products were connectivity, audio, imaging and location chips.
In February 2011, CSR announced it was merging with Zoran, a video and imaging technology company.
QUALCOMM-logo Aug 13, 2015 : Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd, has completed its acquisition of CSR plc (CSR), a leading fabless provider of end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE) and automotive segments. The acquisition, which was completed at an enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion ($2.4 billion equity value)*, complements Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.'s (Qualcomm Technologies) current offerings by adding a compelling portfolio of new products, sales channels and a large number of customers in the areas of IoE and automotive, both key growth priorities for Qualcomm Technologies.

Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited is currently an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of CSR that operates, along with its affiliates, substantially all of CSR's engineering, research and development functions, along with substantially all of the CSR products and services businesses. Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited will be renamed Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., which will become a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies.

CSR plc, is engaged in the development of multifunction semiconductor platforms and technologies for the automotive, consumer, and voice and music categories. The Company's products include aptX, aptX Enhanced, aptX Live, aptX Low Latency, ARMmbed Platform, BlueCore5 Multimedia, BlueCore4-Ext, Bluetooth Smart CSR101x Product Family, Entry-Level Soundbar Platform, BlueCore CSR8811 WLCSP, BlueCore BC6130, BlueCore CSRB5348, CSR Positioning Centre, CSR Synergy, CSR8605, CSRA65700 QFN, CSRmesh, Inferno Firmware Platform, MAPX, Quatro 5500 Series, CSR8350, SiRFstarIV and SyncLock. It offers its solutions in various industries, such as audio and home entertainment; connected car; connected wearables, health and fitness, and Internet of everything. The Company's applications include auto sensors, car radio, home automation, mono headsets, soundbars, Bluetooth speakers, display audio, home entertainment ecosystems, car navigation, gaming and stereo headsets.

csr zoran corporationZoran Corporation was a multinational digital technology company, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, that was predominantly focused on designing and selling SoC (System on a Chip) integrated circuits for consumer electronics applications. Zoran was incorporated in the state of Delaware and had offices in Canada, China, England, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the US.

After an early focus on filter and signal processors for military, industrial and medical applications, Zoran started focusing on data compression products for emerging multimedia applications and became better known in the late 1990s as a supplier of Motion JPEG codec chips used on PC add-in cards for video capture and video editing applications. After the turn of the millennium, sales increased substantially as Zoran became a leading provider of chips for DVD players, which it continued to be until about 2007, covering a period during which the production volume of DVD players increased strongly and the semiconductor value in this segment reached its peak. Starting from 2005, Zoran also supplied chips for a substantial portion of the worldwide production of digital cameras. Around 2008 and 2009, Zoran was successful as a supplier of cost-effective integrated chips for LCD TVs supporting the ATSC standards used for HDTV broadcast in the US.

In 2011 Zoran merged with UK-based CSR (company)[4] and is now represented by the CSR brand and stock. After the merger, CSR executed substantial layoffs of former Zoran employees.