February 28, 2012
Sensory Teams Up with Tensilica to Offer Complete Speech Recognition Subsystem
By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
Tensilica (News - Alert) has joined with Sensory to enable both companies to introduce Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Voice Control to Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSPs (digital signal processors) for SOC (system-on-chip) designs.
This new merger will allow users to employ Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Voice Control, which claims to offer the most accurate speech activation, a real challenge in noisy environments. The solution can even be used in a car, allowing commands to be delivered from as far as 20 feet away or in high noise conditions.
It provides a voice trigger capability on a local device that can communicate via the cloud to enable complex voice searches and text-to-speech for data retrieval. It allows Siri-like applications but does not require a button press to use, which is more convenient in the car and throughout the home.
“We partnered with Tensilica because so many of our customers are using HiFi DSPs in their chip designs because they provide the best performance/power/area,” stated Todd Mozer, Sensory's president, CEO and chairman.
He said that the three HiFi DSPs provide a great range of audio solutions for designs spanning from smartphones to home entertainment equipment.
The new HiFi Audio DSPs from Tensilica supports over 90 audio and voice codecs with very efficient processing at low power. The HiFi Audio DSPs are part of Tensilica's growing line of dataplane processors (DPUs) that promises to do the challenging, compute-intensive tasks in SOC designs.
Jack Guedj, Tensilica's president and CEO said that, “Speech recognition for voice input and command is very important to Tensilica as it provides a greater ease-of-use for consumers in a wide range of products including mobile handsets, digital cameras and home entertainment devices.”
Guedj said that they are excited about this partnership with Sensory to bring a complete solution to their semiconductor and system OEM partners as Sensory has such a well-recognized solution for voice recognition.
In other news, Tensilica, Inc. and Arkamys (News - Alert) recently announced that Arkamys digital audio software currently is being ported on Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSPs. This set of software is complemented with the availability of audio design and tuning services.
Now designers of products for professional entertainment, digital content companies, and the consumer electronics industry – including mobile phones, tablets, MP3 players, car audio and home theaters – can use Arkamys' software solutions on the popular HiFi Audio DSPs.
Edited by Jennifer Russell
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