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XMOS secures $19M funding to accelerate growth

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30th September 2019, Bristol, UK – XMOS, a Bristol-based technology company, today announces the completion of a new $19 million financing round – fuelling the company’s global growth, consolidating its technical leadership in far-field voice interfaces and developing a new product roadmap for the Artificial Intelligence of Things.

The funding will support XMOS’s continued growth and an expanded global footprint, including new staff, in its Hong Kong office. This investment will enable the company to capitalise on its technical leadership in the far-field voice interface market, working with leading OEMs around the world.

The funding will also support the development of XMOS’ AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) solution portfolio. This will build on the company’s 10-year pedigree in deep technology solutions for consumer devices, expanding its product-set into a potentially transformative market that will fuel new digital and data services in the smart homes, smart cities and smart factories of the future.

The $19 million investment round comprised equity funding, with participation from existing investors, and a venture debt facility with Harbert European Growth Capital.

Mark Lippett, President and CEO of XMOS, said: “We’re very grateful for the ongoing commitment of our existing investors and welcome Harbert to our exciting journey. This increased investment will be a major part of the growth of the company as we ramp up the rollout of our exceptional XVF3510 2-mic voice interface and accelerate our AIoT roadmap.”

David Bateman, Senior Managing Partner at Harbert European Growth Capital, said: “We have structured our venture debt facility to help later stage scale-ups just like XMOS gain access to capital without diluting its existing shareholders.  We’re delighted to join XMOS in its drive to scale its existing business and position itself for the huge opportunity represented by the AIoT.”

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About XMOS

XMOS stands at the intersection between voice-processing, edge-AI and the IoT (AIoT). Backed by some of the best names in high-tech venture capital, XMOS’ unique silicon architecture and differentiated software delivers class-leading voice-enabled solutions to a wide variety of AIoT applications.

About Harbert European Growth Capital

Harbert European Growth Capital provides specialty debt financing to European growth businesses with strong management, proven revenue traction and in need of capital to fuel organic growth, predominantly in the technology, life sciences and environmental sectors.

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XMOS is a Gold Sponsor of the Bristol Technology Showcase

XMOS is a Gold Sponsor of the Bristol Technology Showcase 1920 1080 XMOS

Bristol, 17 September 2019– XMOS is delighted to announce Gold Sponsorship of the forthcoming Bristol Technology Showcase, due to be held on Friday, 8th November at Aerospace Bristol, home of the iconic Concorde.

Designing intelligent human-machine interfaces for the IoT, XMOS is backed by some of the best names in high tech venture capital.  With a 10-year pedigree in Hi-Res and multichannel USB audio, the organisation now sits at the forefront of the far-field voice interface market, opening the door to a more natural conversation with technology.

Bristol Technology Showcase (BTS) will focus on emerging technologies and themes encompassed in the 4th industrial revolution. The impressive line-up of speakers includes Dr Paul Neil, VP Marketing and Product Management at XMOS who, with over 27-years international experience in the semiconductor industry, will deliver a session exploring the future of voice.

XMOS will also feature in the exhibition showcase, enabling visitors to engage and interact with the very latest in voice technology.

Speaking about the event, BTS Founder Nick Rutherford said “We’re delighted to be bringing a new discussion to Bristol and locating it at the home of Concorde. The speed of technological change is so quick today and it’s only going to get faster. It’s wonderful to be able to host an event with some amazing technology companies, speakers and wider businesses and allow delegates to experience some of these technologies first hand. Great Bristol businesses, amazing technology and the ability to showcase and demonstrate them, it’s going to be a great day.”

XMOS CEO, Mark Lippett said “This is a fantastic opportunity to partner with a local event and showcase the latest voice technology from XMOS. BTS will really raise the profile of technology in the South West and beyond and we’re delighted to offer our support.”

Tickets can be purchased here.

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PLEN Robotics announce PLEN Cube AI assistant, voice-enabled by XMOS.

PLEN Robotics announce PLEN Cube AI assistant, voice-enabled by XMOS. 680 453 XMOS

Japan, 31 July 2019–PLEN Cube is a new, AI assistant service with a big personality! It’ll face you when you speak, give a little shake when it wakes up, nod its head as it ponders – it’ll even dance to your music. The PLEN Cube has plenty to make you smile.

Don’t be fooled by it’s size, it may fit in the palm of your hand but this playful, smart cube is a technology powerhouse with built-in full-HD camera, display, microphone array and speakers along with cutting-edge software speaker, and microphone array. It’s equipped with the latest technology such as facial recognition, face-tracking and voice recognition.

Thanks to the XMOS XVF3100 voice processor, you can control PLEN using your voice. It’ll hear your voice command accurately from close and all the way across the room. Get the weather forecast, stream music, set reminders and update your schedule – It’s good to talk!

Simply tell it to take a photo or video and it’ll move into action. PLEN Cube can also be understood immediately with “body language” and audiovisual cues, bringing a natural, intuitive feel to the way you communicate with your cube.

PLEN Cube can rotate 360 degrees to take a panoramic photo and uses computer vision technology to follow your facewherever you go. So PLEN can capture all your special moments and – sinceit’s wifi and bluetooth-enabled – post them to your social media sites too!

We think there’s PLENty to get excited about.

 

About XMOS

XMOS stands at the interface between voiceprocessing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. Today our unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software delivers class-leading far-field voice capture for consumer electronics, and we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.xmos.com.

About PLEN Robotics

PLEN Robotics is based on the experience of PLEN Project Co., Ltd., which has been developing small robots for over 10 years in Japan, with the aim of developing home and personal service robots that are more practical than ever and that make people’s lives more efficient.

 

XMOS Contact (Japan)

Okawa Takashi
takashio@xmos.com
+81-80-2247-9188

XMOS announces its next-generation voice processor

XMOS announces its next-generation voice processor 1800 921 XMOS

XMOS drives the voice-enabled TV market forward with its next-generation voice processor and reveals a new dev-kit for the Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

All the performance at half the price– with intelligent algorithms and a $0.99* price tag, the new 2-mic voice processor from XMOS is for developers who want the best choice in voice.

VOICE summit, New Jersey, 23 July 2019– At the world’s largest voice event, XMOS announces its VocalFusion dev kit for Amazon AVS*, a far-field 2-mic solution optimised for smart TVs and set-top boxes.

The new dev kit is based on the XMOS XVF3510 voice processor, which delivers a big performance at a market leading cost of $0.991, enabling manufacturers to embed a voice interface into mass-market smart TVs and set-top boxes economically.

Developed in the UK and purpose-built for modern living spaces, XMOS’ next-generation acoustic algorithms produce a compelling experience in far-field voice control, opening the door to a more natural conversation with technology.

Working intelligently to analyse the acoustic environment, XMOS technology identifies and isolates a voice command from every other sound in the room (including any media streaming through the device itself), enabling far-field voice capture with close range precision.

XMOS algorithms:

  • Stereo Acoustic Echo Canceller: Suppresses unwanted speaker echo and enables barge-in
  • Interference Canceller: Nulls point noise sources to cancel out unwanted background noise.
  • Our Adaptive Delay Estimator dynamically adjusts audio reference signal latency, ensuring the Acoustic Echo Cancellation algorithms deliver a smooth, real-time experience.

“The recent uptake and demand for devices featuring voice assistants has continued to surge”, said Simon Bryant, Research Director at Futuresource Consulting. “The strong adoption in multimedia and entertainment is expected to continue and this new device from XMOS addresses what manufacturers who want to add far-field voice control to their product lines will be looking for.”

“Giving people the freedom to control the TV with their voice from anywhere in the room,is a more natural experience – you simply tell your TV what you want to watch.” said Mark Lippett, CEO, XMOS. “Our new far-field voice processor gives developers an easy to implement solution, at a very compelling price.”

  • Watch a demo of the product here.
  • Find out more and buy the dev kit from xmos.com today (it will be available in distribution end August 2019).
  • For XMOS news: “Alexa, ask XMOS what’s new”

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Notes to editors

* $0.99 unit price on orders over one million units a year. For smaller orders, other prices apply. Raspberry Pi not included with VocalFusion dev kit for AVS. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc or its affiliates.

XMOS helps create a sensor for Murata’s sensor data platform

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Japan: 17 June 2019.

Murata has launched NAONA – a sensor data platform capable of sensing the cognitive information of a space (such as the mood of a place or the communication between people) and turning this into data.

XMOS XVF3000 voice processor is built-in to the NAONA Array Mic unit, delivering the capability to capture speech – and the direction of speech – from a distance.

About XMOS

XMOS standsat the interface between voiceprocessing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. Today our unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software delivers class-leading far-field voice capture for consumer electronics, and we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow. For more information, please email press@xmos.com.

About Murata

Murata is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of advanced electronic materials, leading edge electronic components, and multi-functional, high-density modules. Murata innovations can be found in a wide range of applications from mobile phones to home appliances, and automotive applications to energy management systems and healthcare devices. For more information, visit Murata’s website at murata.com.

Introducing Windows collaboration display by Sharp

Introducing Windows collaboration display by Sharp 629 362 XMOS

“Walk in, plug in, work together”

XMOS is collaborating with Japan-based multinational corporation Sharp to create the first Windows collaboration display (WCD) by Sharp – the next generation interactive smart touch screen designed to improve teamwork by enhancing communication through easy video conferencing and remote collaboration.

Manufactured by Foxconn, the 70” 4K interactive display combines XMOS far-field voice-capture technology, Microsoft WCD specifications and Sharp’s award-winning touch technology to transform the way people collaborate together across enterprise applications.

When video conferencing, XMOS’ far-field voice processor can capture participants’ voices accurately from up to 4 meters away, removing all the additional noise to isolate and send the digital voice stream.

Located top-centre of the display, our XVF3500 stereo-AEC voice processor delivers up-close voice capture quality and processing accuracy at far-field range, simplifying the complicated business of cleaning up sound in a noisy space during a conference call.

XMOS VocalFusion XVF3500 voice-capture technology:

  • Stereo acoustic echo cancellation: removes acoustic feedback between the display’s speakers and microphones to accurately capture voice commands.
  • Beamforming:identifies the direction the voice command comes from, even if moving.
  • Dereverberation:removes the echoes from the user’s voice as it ‘bounces’ off the hard surfaces in the room.
  • Noise suppression:removes exterior noises, e.g. air conditioning, people talking, pets etc.
  • Barge-in:enables users to interrupt when audio is being played through the device (or another source), with a voice command spoken at normal volume from across the room.

Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS said: “This display brings together all the necessary tools into one place for a truly collaborative solution. We’re delighted to help bring this incredible new Windows Collaboration Display by Sharp to life and are proud that our voice-capture technology is playing a big part in helping people communicate effectively.”

About XMOS

XMOS is a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software positions XMOS at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. For more information, please email press@xmos.com.

The world’s first personal assistant that beams sound only to you

The world’s first personal assistant that beams sound only to you 5360 3574 XMOS

Introducing the truly “personal” personal assistant device enabled by Audio Spotlight® directional sound technology.

Holosonics is pleased to announce it has partnered with XMOS to produce a concept design for the world’s first voice-activated personal assistant device that listens to where you are – and then speaks only to you. By combining XMOS highly directional, VocalSorcery microphone hardware with Holosonics’ patented Audio Spotlight directional speaker technology, the concept for the first and only truly “personal” personal assistant has emerged.

Unlike standard devices, where the personal assistant announces the answer to the room, this technology lets the personal assistant pinpoint the exact direction of an audio reply within a given space – it directs the answer at the person who asked the question in a narrow laser-like beam of sound, so the user gets high-quality, precisely controlled sound with none of the noise.TM

“The Holosonics team is thrilled about the partnership we forged with XMOS to bring together XMOS spatial audio capture expertise with Audio Spotlight® directional sound to create what we believe is the next level in personal assistant device technology,” said Holosonics Founder and CEO Dr. F. Joseph Pompei. “By incorporating the option of focused sound into the existing available features of a personal assistant, we find ourselves in the very exciting position of creating the next chapter in the evolution of assistive voice-activated devices.”

Mark Lippett, XMOS CEO commented: “This is a hugely exciting collaboration. Holosonics’ technology could transform the way we interact with personal assistants in future. They’ve created a more private experience, which is immediately compelling and opens up a new world of possibilities.”

Dr. Pompei and his team will demo the world’s first truly “personal” personal assistant at the XMOS suite during the Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2019 conference in Las Vegas on January 8-11, 2019.

To learn more about Holosonics’ appearance at CES 2019, please visit Holosonics.com/ces

About Holosonic Research Labs

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc. is a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight® technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows, and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.TM For more information, please email info@holosonics.com or phone +1 617-923-4000

About XMOS

XMOS is a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software positions XMOS at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. For more information, please email press@xmos.com.

“Ok Orange!” XMOS helps bring the Orange Djingo smart speaker to life

“Ok Orange!” XMOS helps bring the Orange Djingo smart speaker to life 860 481 XMOS

The Orange and Deutsche Telekom partnership goes from strength to strength. Hot on the heels of Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta comes the Orange Djingo smart speaker, which was revealed at the Orange #ShowHello on 12 December 2018.

This smart device supports Orange Djingo and has Alexa built-in, to offer a wide range of additional services. You can use it to make hands-free voice calls, interact with Orange TV and control your ‘Connected Home’ services from Orange as well as main IoT brands like Philips Hue, Bosch.

Compact and attractive, this clever new speaker uses XMOS VocalFusion XVF3000 far-field voice capture technology with a circular microphone array. XMOS high-performance silicon and voice algorithms deliver a superior 360 degree, robust far-field voice control system that allows the user to listen to music at the same time as using voice command controls.

For more information, please visit the Orange press room.

Bristol/Paris 13 December 2018

XMOS celebrates the launch of Freebox Delta

XMOS celebrates the launch of Freebox Delta 1200 675 XMOS

Last week, innovative French telecoms operator Free, announced the launch of Freebox Delta. We’re very proud to provide the far-field voice capture capability. It was a pleasure to be part of the team, collaborating in our Bristol acoustic lab to optimise the algorithms and bring Freebox Delta to life.

Using XMOS XVF3500 stereo-AEC voice processor, FreeBox Delta has Ok Freebox and Alexa built-in – opening up a whole new experience for the smart home. Congratulations to all the teams involved – exciting times.

The Freebox Delta package is available to subscribers in France via https://www.free.fr/freebox/freebox-delta/

Yukai and NTT DOCOMO launch the first development kit “codama” for NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” using XMOS voice technology.

Yukai and NTT DOCOMO launch the first development kit “codama” for NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” using XMOS voice technology. 391 360 XMOS

Bristol/Japan 3rd December 2018

XMOS, a leading supplier of voice and audio solution is proud to be involved in this new voice interface development kit, “codama”, jointly developed by Yukai Engineering and NTT DOCOMO.

“codama” base board and ‘codama’ microphone array board

The “codama” voice interface development kit includes the XMOS VocalFusion XVF3100 voice processor; it enables AI engineers and developers to build a voice interface with NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” into their products. This technology brings people the freedom to control their electronic devices and access a wide range of IoT services by simply using their voice – wherever they are in the room and whatever is happening around them.

The XVF3100 delivers outstanding voice capture accuracy over long distances; its barge-in capability means the user can interrupt any music playing on the consumer device, even when it’s playing loudly, and the wake-word is spoken softly. Additionally, the XVF3100 uses beamforming to capture the direction of arrival of the voice command and track the person speaking as they move around the room. Sophisticated algorithms deliver acoustic echo cancellation, dereverberation and noise suppression, to capture the voice of interest and clean up the signal for onward send to the NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API”.

Finally, Yukai have added an excellent personalisation feature that lets people create their own wake-word on Yukai Engineering’s website and download it to their device.

Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS said today,“We’re very proud of this collaboration with the talented team at Yukai Engineering and NTT DOCOMO. NTT DOCOMO “AI Agent API” opens up a world of AI possibilities across electronics and robotics, giving people an altogether richer, more exciting experience – and now people will be able to access that through voice control, from anywhere in the room.”

Mr. Yoshikazu Akinaga, Manager of Innovation Management Department at NTT DOCOMO said, “NTT DOCOMO developed AI Agent API to ultimately provide end users with all-new speech AI experiences based on highly natural AI-supported communication. Today, we are very excited to introduce new speech development kit integrated with XMOS’s class-leading far-field voice interface technology working with Raspberry Pi and NTT DOCOMO AI Agent API seamlessly. This kit enables everybody to develop speech and dialog service “device” easily. We are very grateful to Yukai engineering and XMOS team collaboration to takes this major step forward for achieving our goal. We are expecting all users to enjoy new speech AI experiences.”.

The “codama” voice interface development kit will be sold from 21st December 2018 via Yukai EngineeringMACNICA and Amazon.  You can pre-order via Amazon.co.jp from 3rd December 2018 (the pre-order link can be found on Yukai Engineering’s web-site).

The kit will be demonstrated at DOCOMO Open House 2018, Tokyo Big Sight, 6th December to 7th December 2018.

Key features

  • Small form factor development kit 64mm(W) x 55mm(L) x 20mm (H). (H)20mm: including pin headers
  • Sample programs for NTT DOCOMO AI Agent API (available via Yukai Engineering, ux-xu.com)
  • Works with Raspberry Pi
  • Linear microphone array: 4 x Infineon XENSIV™IM69D130
  • Wake-word engine by Sensory
  • Full duplex Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
  • Barge-in
  • adaptive beamformer
  • Dereverberation
  • Noise suppression
  • Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
  • Direction of arrival (DOA) indication

About XMOS:

XMOS is a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software positions XMOS at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. For more information, please visit www.xmos.com.

About NTT DOCOMO:

NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator with over 74 million subscriptions, is one of the world’s foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities (“+d” partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo stock exchange (9437). www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/.

About Yukai Engineering

Yukai Engineering is a start-up comprised of designers and engineers who are passionate about making our daily lives more fun and fulfilling with robotics technology”. Their award-winning products include Necomimi (selected for the Time magazine’s “The World’s 50 Best Innovations 2011” list), and BOCCO, a communication robot that keeps family members in touch with each other. For more information, please visit www.ux-xu.com.

 

Japanese language press release available on request from press@xmos.com