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

XMOS helps create a sensor for Murata’s sensor data platform 881 493 XMOS

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

XMOS wins at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards

XMOS wins at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards 4267 2133 XMOS
Bristol 27 November 2018

We’re delighted to have won the Advanced Engineering award at the Go:Tech Awards 2018. These awards celebrate businesses and entrepreneurs leading the way in UK technology and innovation, across small, medium and large businesses – and we’re honoured to receive this accolade.

LtoR: Andrew Stanford-Jason (XMOS, Algorithm Engineer), Jenny Tooth, OBE (UK Business Angels Association), Alexandra Craciun (XMOS, Algorithm Engineer), Georgie Barrat (The Gadget Show)

Our thanks to our host – Business Leader, the sponsors and the judges for a wonderful evening. This national recognition of our engineering capability and innovation in voice, has made our big-thinking, small team very happy.

XMOS selected as a finalist at the 2018 TechWorks awards

XMOS selected as a finalist at the 2018 TechWorks awards 5616 3744 XMOS
Bristol 16 November 2018

We’re proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in the Emerging Technology Company of the Year category at the TechWorks Awards 2018 – the highest accolade in the UK Deep Tech industry.

The TechWorks Awards mark the excellence of the industry that is driving the tech economy and becoming such a strategic part of the UK’s and Ireland’s future. Finalists across the awards categories span the breadth of the industry sectors through Manufacturing, Automotive, IoT Security, Electronic Systems & Power Electronics.

Congratulations (and good luck) to all the finalists! Happily, we don’t have too long to wait to hear who’s won. The announcements will be made on 22 November at the TechWorks Gala Dinner & Awards.

XMOS wins at Made In The South West Awards 2018

XMOS wins at Made In The South West Awards 2018 1280 720 XMOS
Bristol 9 November 2018

We’re thrilled and honoured to pick up the award for ‘Best Collaboration’ at  Insider Media’s Made In The South West Awards  2018  – in recognition of the partnership between XMOS and Pillo Health.

It’s been a pleasure work with the inspirational team at Pillo Health and support them on their ground-breaking project. This award gives wonderful recognition to the teamwork and dedication involved in voice-enabling Pillo – the 24/7 companion healthcare robot.

Pillo is so much more than a secure medication dispenser. This voice-activated home health companion delivers therapy reminders, health information, and companionship to keep your care plan on track, no matter what you’re dealing with. Pillo stores your pills securely and recognizes your face and voice. Pillo knows who you are and provides you with health information and your scheduled medication dose. It’s not just about dispensing your medicines at the right time; Pillo works with you in your day-to-day life, supporting and empowering you to improve your health, wellness, and confidence so you can retain your independence.

Central to Pillo, is a solution that allows voice commands to be captured across the room with pinpoint accuracy – across long distance, even when commands are spoken softly. And that’s where XMOS comes in.

Emanuele Baglini, CTO of Pillo Health said:

While designing our device, we were looking for the best solution to improve the voice capture accuracy to give our users a great experience. We tested the XMOS voice processor against other solutions on the market, and it outperformed them all for clarity, accuracy, distance, and direction. As we moved into development, the XMOS team were on hand whenever we needed them, to help us resolve technical hurdles and secure the best possible performance outcomes. The voice capture element of our design is critical to the success of Pillo, and that’s something XMOS understood from the start. A great partner and collaborator.

Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS said:

We’re thrilled to have played a part in bringing Pillo to life and excited about commercial launch. The trials have shown the extraordinary potential the product offers to transform the lives of people across the globe. And it’s the result of an innovative, dedicated team. They have proved what can be achieved with a voice interface – and it’s just the start.

XMOS helps Skyworth create a voice-enabled, always-on AI TV

XMOS helps Skyworth create a voice-enabled, always-on AI TV 891 595 XMOS
Bristol, 30 October 2018

2018 marks Skyworth’s 30th anniversary. A leading brand in China’s colour-TV industry, Skyworth is taking a bold step forward in the market. At their 2018 New Product Strategy event, the runaway success across of all the product launches on the day was Skyworth’s always-on AI TV.

Yu Jianwei, China Marketing Headquarters Executive Vice General manager and Marketing Director at Skyworth showcased the new TV and controlled it solely by voice. He gave voice commands to switch the TV on and asked it to adjust the table lamp – successfully. Finally, in a display of great showmanship, he used a voice command to light up Guangzhou’s landmark Canton Tower.

In keeping with their mantra that “Technical Innovation Makes Products Simpler to Use,” Skyworth’s always-on AI TV will ‘wake-up’ in response to a voice command and respond to what’s asked of it – whether that’s adjusting the volume or answering a general question.

Skyworth has transformed from a marketing driven company one into one that’s ‘Driven by Technology’  – something that shines through in what their new AI TV has to offer. In March this year, Skyworth entered into a strategic partnership with Baidu. The integration of Baidu’s DuerOS and Coocaa System is powerful: the Coocaa System provides an optimized media resource library, while DuerOS transforms the TV into an intelligent display that provides users with more accurate search content and an elevated user experience.

As well as upgrading its content and data-processing technologies, Skyworth has joined forces with XMOS – a world-leader in voice and audio processors – to develop the AI voice chip and remove the requirement for a remote control. Together they’ve created an immersive voice-interactive experience.

XMOS’s first generation microcontroller has been used in premium consumer, studio and broadcast audio equipment from over 200 manufacturers. Their second-generation multicore microcontroller, the xCORE-200 series, is designed for IoT-based equipment for the creation of high-quality music and optimised sound processing solutions.

The AI TV voice chip is based on XMOS VocalFusion XVF3500 voice processor, with a compact four-microphone linear array to enhance voice capture range and accuracy. Together, XMOS and Skyworth have developed a solution that enables Skyworth’s TV to deliver 180° all-dimensional sound-source identification from up to 5 meters – which means instant wake-up from across the room using only your voice. The XVF3500 voice processor also supports de-reverberation and noise suppression, enabling the Skyworth TV to ‘hear’ and accurately capture the user’s voice commands, no matter what volume the TV is playing at or how noisy the surrounding environment.

The strong blend of XMOS and Skyworth’s integrated voice-interface and Baidu’s information and service eco-system, gives Skyworth’s consumers another high-quality, high-tech product that brings the power of voice to life.

 


About XMOS

XMOS stands at the interface between voice processing, 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. See www.xmos.com for more information.

About Skyworth

Skyworth was established in 1988, headquartered in Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park known as innovative Silicon Valley, with over 35,000 employees. Being rooted in China and determined to go global, Skyworth is a large-scale high-tech group company mainly engaged in research, development and manufacturing of such products as consumer electronics, display devices, digital set-top-box, security monitor, network communication, semi-conductor, refrigerator and washing machine, 3C digital, LED illumination, and has been listed in the main board of Hongkong stock market in 2000 (HK00751). Through 26 years of development, Skyworth now ranks among the top ten global color TV brands.

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