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PortalPlayer-CSR deal paves way for wireless iPods

iPod chip maker PortalPlayer announced this week that it has partnered with CSR, a wireless solutions provider, to add WiFi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities to digital media players. The two companies expect to deliver a wireless chipset by the second half of this year.

“Through seamless integration between PortalPlayer’s PP5022 applications processor family and CSR’s UniFi Wi-Fi chip and BlueCore Bluetooth chip, consumer electronics and other media device manufacturers will gain a significant time-to-market advantage in delivering wire-free media players,” the companies said in the announcement. “Wi-Fi will simplify the synchronisation of media players with a PC as well as open up entirely new ways to download and stream content from the Internet. Bluetooth will enable wireless stereo headset connectivity.”

At the Thomas Weisel Partners Technology Conference yesterday, PortalPlayer CEO Gary Johnson said he expects to announce customers of the wireless chip product later this year. Later that day, the company’s CFO, Svend-Olav Carlsen, said iPod-related sales comprised 95% of PortalPlayer’s business, and predicted that the device would account for 92% to 93% of total revenue this year.

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This is great- for me the killer ap in an ipod would be wifi, I can take or leave a touch screen.

Posted by Andrea on February 9, 2006 at 6:50 PM (CST)


One of my biggest gripes with portable music players in general is the cord connecting the earphones to the device.  Many companies have come up with ingenious cable management systems, yet what we all need is a wire free system.  I only hope that technology will advance quickly in this arena so that in ear ‘phones will become available quickly as wearing over the head cans is a fashion no-no (even if the sound is killer).

Posted by Anthony on February 10, 2006 at 6:29 AM (CST)


...as wearing over the head cans is a fashion no-no (even if the sound is killer)

Spoken like the quintessential cliché iPoder. Guess the SQ never really mattered after all. Small wonder it took so long for Apple to get the sonics to sound great (with the 5G), in considering this sort of prevalent ‘tude in so many of their ‘oh-so-trendy’ consumers.

Why is it that the word ‘pathetic’ keeps firing those synapses in the brain lobe that controls my keyboard typing fingers?

Posted by flatline response on February 10, 2006 at 7:44 AM (CST)


Looks like I need to upgrade my iPOD every year.

Wireless! Hope Apple can release it ASAP.

Posted by Allden on February 10, 2006 at 7:18 PM (CST)


CSR (the Bluetooth provider) is a tiny company right now.  It is going to make a boatload of money on this.  I’m buying their stock to pay for my next IPod (CSR.L)

Posted by John on February 11, 2006 at 10:31 AM (CST)

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