Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) has announced its TouchLITE Bluetooth remote control development kit for automotive applications. Leveraging the firm's respected BlueCore technology, the kit allows manufacturers to include a Bluetooth remote control for navigation systems, in-car multimedia devices, and MP3 players with little additional cost or development time. The BlueCore TouchLITE Bluetooth technology supports Bluetooth V2.1, enabling operation for almost a year (typically 500 days) on two batteries under normal conditions. The TouchLITE remote control consumes only 0.1 mA current.

Rafik Jallad, Vice President of the Automotive Business Unit at CSR, comments: "BlueCore TouchLITE makes it easy for manufacturers to include a Bluetooth remote control in automotive applications. With so many in-car devices already including Bluetooth it makes sense to have a Bluetooth remote control as well. Bluetooth v2.1 brings down power consumption while at the same time keeping all Bluetooth features. We expect to see a lot of exciting products using TouchLITE and Bluetooth v2.1 in 2009." The kit is supplied with a fully documented hardware example design, Bluetooth software stack, Bluetooth profile suite, and example application software.