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CSR reveals $10 Bluetooth MP3 player

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356w ago - A Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player with an electronics material cost of less than $10 has been announced by Cambridge-based CSR, which is aiming the technology at the low end of the MP3 market.

"This is a single chip, low power, low cost, integrated Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player," said Karen Parnell, consumer marketing manager, CSR. "The Bluecore player is really aimed at the low end to help new entrants in the market to reap higher margins, or sustain margins, by adding extra functionality in the form of Bluetooth."

The BlueCore Player is based on the BlueCore5-Multimedia chip with embedded DSP co-processor and 16-bit stereo codec. The software development kit, source code and library files are all supplied.

"We see great demand from our customers for wireless connectivity in their products but this goes against the traditionally low cost model they adopt," said Parnell. "They haven't had to handle complex RF designs. So with the reference design we're taking the headache away on RF design and enabling them to take the design and go into production rapidly."
 

Sony CSR: What? No! Dust Doesn't Void Your PS3 Warranty!

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358w ago - Sony CSR admitted to reader Ive that dust should not void a Playstation 3's warranty. Transcript and audio, after the jump.

Ive: I'm calling just to pretty much clarify the PS3's warranty, if there's any clause in the warranty that makes it so that if the PS3 is too dusty that the warranty is void.

CSR: No.

Ive: No?

CSR: No. The only way that it, um, voided is if it was neglected, um, abused, dropped or anything like, modificated like if you opened it up, modification, if you didn't have your receipt, um, any power failures like mother nature or anything like that then that actually does void the warranty. Other than that any defective PS3s or anything like that is still, um, still under the warranty.

Ive spoke to several CSRs, each of whom took a similar position until they read the account notes. Apparently, a tech determined that the fearsome dust constituted neglect and presented a threat to his health.

To his credit, the CSR handled a ridiculous situation fairly well.
 
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