CSR has launched a new series of dual mode Bluetooth 4.1 compliant platforms, designed to give greater flexibility to developers looking to create low latency and ultra-low power wireless gaming controllers. The CSRB5341 and CSRB5342, part of the CSR BlueCore range, will provide developers with turnkey solutions for wireless gaming controllers and HID applications from a single device.
Commenting Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR, said “With the CSRB534x series we are delivering a powerful, flexible and feature rich platform that can be used with multiple operating systems.
“The CSRB534x software development kit will enable MFi licensees developing accessories to bring products to market ahead of the competition with the CSR MFi v4.0 SDK add on. The CSRB534x series integrates much of the game controller system, enabling cost effective designs and fast time to market for developers.”
The first of the new series, the CSRB5341 and CSRB5342, gaming system-on-chips are Bluetooth Smart v4.1 qualified, allowing developers to create next generation gaming accessories with optimal battery life. The new CSR platforms make use of a highly efficient baseband, ensuring that system level power consumption is minimised, giving optimized performance with minimum development effort.
The new gaming controller platforms come with an extensive list of fully configurable digital or analogue I/O and physical interfaces for design flexibility including direct LED drive. The CSRB5342 offers further standalone features such as embedded USB battery charging for lithium cells and digital microphone support. With embedded ROM, RAM and the option for memory expansion with the SQI Flash memory interface the new platforms provide greater flexibility and an environment intended for more innovative and feature rich designs.
By offering dual mode Bluetooth capability, integrating the microcontroller, battery charging capability and much of the analogue and power management there is a significant bill of materials (BOM) savings over traditional wireless gaming controller system designs, making the platforms extremely cost effective. In order to help developers bring new products to market quickly, the new CSRB534x series launches with a dedicated software development kit (SDK) and development board for fast evaluation and system development. The CSRB534x SDK will allow developers to get hands-on with the new platform and accelerate the development of new low power connected gaming controller products. The SDK supports SPP and GATT and enables flexible data transfer including HID over GATT.