CSR announced that it has achieved recognition by the Bluetooth SIG as a Bluetooth Recognized Test Facility (BRTF). CSR’s test facilities are now regarded as having developed to the point where it can entirely test its own firmware, rather than using an external testing house. BRTF status means that CSR can help customers get their products to market faster, reinforcing CSR’s continued expertise in Bluetooth.

BRTFs are organizations recognized by the Bluetooth SIG as being able to perform ‘Category A’ tests as defined by the SIG’s Test Case Reference List and Test Plan Generator (TCRL and TPG). BRTFs may only perform tests on behalf of their own company.

CSR’s ability to act as a BRTF means that it can maintain closer control of test procedures and provide a faster and more flexible approach, passing on the benefits of time and cost savings to its customers. CSR is now able to deliver the complete end-to-end package of silicon, firmware, development tools and testing.

BRTF status requires strict adherence to qualification criteria, and is awarded to very few companies. Bluetooth pioneer CSR is currently one of only three companies listed by the Bluetooth SIG as having qualified. CSR maintains a close relationship with the SIG in order to remain up-to-date on all proposed developments of the Bluetooth standard.

“This endorsement by the SIG is a real honor,” said Nigel Hall, Manager of CSR’s Bluetooth Test Facility. “CSR has always been a leader in terms of the quality of its testing procedures and it’s nice to have official recognition of our expertise from the SIG. This is a strong message to deliver to our customers; that we have total control of every stage of each product’s development, and waste no time or money on external testing. This savings will be passed on to our customers.”