On August 13, Qualcomm announced its newest acquisition, CSR plc (Cambridge Silicon Radio, not the Coalition for Sustainable Rail). The $2.4 billion deal nets Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, with “a leading fabless provider of end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE) and automotive segments.”
CSR, a pioneer of Bluetooth and wireless connectivity, was founded in 1998–99 when the company diverged from Cambridge Consultants. Since then, the company has been a major player in the technology of wireless connectivity. 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, aptX, and various audio and imaging technologies have all been influenced and shaped by CSR. Cell phones, automotive “infotainment,” telematics, navigation systems, tablets, GPS devices, and so many more devices have used CSR technology. Over the last 15 years, CSR has partnered with Samsung, Clarity Technologies, Trident Microsystems, Zoran, UbiNetics, APT Licsensing, SiRF, and Motorolla via Nordnav.