Update: Cadence Completes Acquisition of Tensilica (Apr 24, 2013)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 19, 2013 –Tensilica, Inc. and Sensory today announced that the two companies have partnered to provide an optimized port of Sensory’s new TrulyHandsfree 3.0 Voice Control software to Tensilica’s family of HiFi Audio/Voice DSP IP cores. TrulyHandsfree 3.0 includes triggers, speaker verification passphrase, user-defined speaker verification and user-defined speaker identification. Tensilica and Sensory will demonstrate their joint voice solution at Tensilica’s booth, #6D101 at the Mobile World Congress, February 25-28, in Barcelona, Spain.
Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree 3.0 technology enables personalization of the user experience by calling up a specific user’s history, preferences and settings. Sensory’s speaker verification technology uses voice biometrics and analysis to authenticate a specific individual. Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree complete set of voice activation and recognition products allow users to access a device with just their voice, bypassing the typical 4-digit number manually entered on the screen for access. More information is available at http://www.sensoryinc.com/products/trulyhandsfreevoicecontrol.html.
“Tensilica’s recently introduced HiFi Mini Audio/Voice DSP is an ideal vehicle to be paired with TrulyHandsfree 3.0 for low cost, low power and high accuracy speech,” stated Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. “Combining voice activation, speaker verification and speaker identification in hands-free mobile devices enables these devices to be easier, more secure, safer and more convenient to use and access information.”
Tensilica’s HiFi DSP family is the most widely used licensable audio/voice DSP family, with support for over 100 proven audio/voice software packages. More than 50 companies have licensed Tensilica’s HiFi DSP family, and they’ve shipped over 200 million HiFi DSP cores in their smartphones, tablets, computers, digital televisions, home entertainment systems and other devices. Tensilica’s HiFi Audio/Voice DSP family includes four cores. The recently introduced HiFi Mini is an ultra-low-power DSP optimized for always-on voice recognition. HiFi 2 and HiFi EP are the mainstream products for efficient audio and voice processing. HiFi 3 adds additional optimizations for mobile wireless, home entertainment and automotive. See more at http://www.tensilica.com/products/audio.
“By using Sensory’s Truly Handsfree technology, HiFi Mini achieves both the lowest power consumption (less than 111 µW in 28 nm HPL) and uncompromising accuracy for speech recognition,” stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica’s senior director of mobile multimedia. “We expect voice control to become ubiquitous as the natural interface not only for mobile wireless, home entertainment and automotive markets, but also for many other applications including digital cameras, consumer appliances, kiosks and industrial control. Together, Tensilica and Sensory are making it possible with an optimized hardware/software solution.”
Sensory, Inc. is the leader in speech technologies for consumer products, offering a complete line of IC and software-only solutions for speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, music synthesis and more. Sensory's products are widely deployed in consumer electronic applications including mobile, automotive, Bluetooth™ devices, toys, and various home electronics. Sensory's customers represent the leaders in consumer electronics, including such companies as AT&T, BlueAnt Wireless, Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, Mattel, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Uniden, VTech, Samsung and Sony. Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree approach to speech recognition without buttons is breaking new ground in user experience. Visit www.sensoryinc.com.
Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in dataplane processor IP cores with over 200 licensees. Dataplane processors (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of DSPs and CPUs while delivering 10 to 100x the performance because they can be optimized using Tensilica’s automated design tools to meet specific and demanding signal processing performance targets. Tensilica’s DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and seven out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for designs in mobile wireless, telecom and network infrastructure, computing and storage, and home and auto entertainment. Tensilica offers standard cores and hardware/software solutions that can be used as is or easily customized by semiconductor companies and OEMs for added differentiation. For more information on Tensilica’s patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit www.tensilica.com.