November 20, 2007 The falling cost of consumer electronics devices is showing no signs of letting-up with the latest example coming from the UK, where based wireless component manufacturer CSR has today announced the world’s lowest cost Bluetooth enabled MP3 player.
With an electronic bill of materials of less (eBOM) than $10, the BlueCore Player enables wireless streaming to two headsets simultaneously as well as direct streaming of MP3 files to reduce power consumption.
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Based on CSR’s BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon with embedded DSP coprocessor and 16-bit stereo codec to provide high quality stereo sound, the 45x60mm BlueCore Player example design includes supports the Bluetooth Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) to control stop and start playback and volume control, and the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for high quality audio streaming.
Also included in the eBOM is an OLED colour display, supporting both Asian and Arabic fonts, lithium battery with on-chip charger and mini USB charger connector which supports more than 14 hours of playback.
The device is also available with audio menu navigation that removes the need for a screen and further reduces costs.
CSR’s customers include Apple, Dell, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TomTom and Toshiba.