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XMOS is one of the finalists at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards

XMOS is one of the finalists at the Go:Tech 2018 Awards 4267 2133 XMOS
Bristol 12 October 2018

XMOS, leading supplier of voice and audio solutions, is excited to be shortlisted for the Advanced Engineering award at the Go:Tech Awards 2018. These Awards celebrate businesses and entrepreneurs leading the way in technology and innovation across the UK, across small, medium and large businesses – and we’re honoured to take our place among the finalists for 2018.

We look forward to meeting everyone at the awards night on the 22th November where we’ll discover who takes home the award.

“Hallo Magenta” – XMOS VocalFusion helps to bring Deutsche Telekom’s new smart speaker to life

“Hallo Magenta” – XMOS VocalFusion helps to bring Deutsche Telekom’s new smart speaker to life 4032 3024 XMOS
Bristol/Berlin 1 October 2018

XMOS, leading supplier of voice and audio solutions, are proud to be part of the team that helped to create Magenta – Deutsche Telekom’s smart speaker, which delivers superior 360 degree far field voice control and sophisticated audio in a small, attractive and portable design.

Using XMOS’s high-performance silicon and voice algorithms, experts at the Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology branch at Fraunhofer’s Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) in Oldenburg, Germany, were able to refine and combine microphone and loudspeaker technologies to create a robust voice control system that allows the user to listen to music at the same time as using voice command controls.

Launched at this year’s IFA in Berlin, the Magenta Smart Speaker unites all the algorithms necessary for maximum quality and accurate audio reproduction. Combined with intelligent algorithms for speech capture – integrated on XMOS voice processor – the teams collaborated to optimise the interaction between speakers and microphones for voice control in real world, noisy environments.

Key features

  • Using the Magenta intelligent personal assistant, voice control can be used to operate connected devices in the home such as TV and Deutsche Telekom’s smart home applications without the need for a remote control.
  • The personal assistant can also be used to make telephone calls with excellent audio quality.
  • Users of Amazon’s cloud-based Alexa Voice Service can also access a large number of apps with Deutsche Telekom’s smart speaker.
  • The new voice-controlled assistant conforms to the highest data security requirements. Data processing takes place exclusively within the European Union and complies with Deutsche Telekom’s high data protection standards.

“We’re proud to be part of the Magenta project. Our combined expertise has produced a class-leading user experience, demonstrating highly sophisticated audio and speech recognition” said Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS. “Voice control in smart speakers is here to stay. We look forward to further collaborations with Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg.”

 

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, or email press@xmos.com.

About the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg

The objective of the Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg is to transpose scientific findings related to hearing perception into technological applications. Its applied research priorities are the enhancement of sound and speech intelligibility, personalized audio reproduction and acoustic speech and event detection. Application fields include consumer electronics, transport, the automotive sector, production, safety, telecommunications and healthcare. For more information, please visit www.idmt.fraunhofer.de/hsa.

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Tymphany and XMOS to showcase new soundbar at IFA with Alexa built-In

Tymphany and XMOS to showcase new soundbar at IFA with Alexa built-In 6000 4500 admin

Tymphany, a global premier audio ODM, and XMOS, a leading supplier of advanced embedded voice solutions, announced the latest project in building a new Alexa Built-In soundbar that will be demonstrated at Amazon’s exhibit at IFA in Berlin, 31 August to 5 September 2018.

The Amazon Alexa Built-In soundbar features XMOS Vocal Fusion™ far-field voice processor as well as Tymphany’s acoustic expertise to create an immersive audio experience. The low frequency bass extension powered by Tymphany’s patented, slim profile GBS subwoofers allows for smooth frequency response down to 50 Hz. Using Tymphany’s A113D SOM and XMOS’ XVF3500 stereo-AEC voice processor, the soundbar connects with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via WiFi and has an excellent far-field voice capture and barge-in performance from across the room – even when the Tymphany soundbar is playing content at high volume and the commands are spoken softly. The soundbar will include Amazon’s signature LED light ring response and buttons, as well as provide access to Amazon Prime Music and TuneIn support.

“We’re proud to have helped bring this project to life”, added Mark Lippett, CEO of XMOS: “This new soundbar showcases the innovation, dedication and collaboration of the international partners involved.”

With Tymphany’s extensive resources and global engineering team, they have deep expertise and excellent partnerships across the entire signal chain, enabling them to deliver products that offer unique combinations of user experiences and features not achieved by other audio ODMs.

“Tymphany and XMOS have created a soundbar that enhances the listening experience by providing simple, hands-free interaction with Alexa,” said Priya Abani, Director of the Alexa Voice Service. “We’re excited to have a new solution that brings rich voice capabilities to our customers.”

“We are extremely excited to introduce the Tymphany Alexa Built-In soundbar this year at IFA 2018. We are proud of our team’s efforts to realize this complex, groundbreaking and great performing soundbar reference design. We would not have been able to achieve this milestone without the awesome support of the Amazon Alexa Voice Service and XMOS development teams”, says Chris von Hellermann, Senior Director of Technology Management at Tymphany.

You can see and hear this demo and more at the Amazon booth in Hall 26, booth 201 at IFA this August 31st to September 5th in Berlin.

About Tymphany

Tymphany designs and manufactures some of the most innovative consumer and professional audio systems on the market. The company also sells a full line of speaker drivers under the Peerless by Tymphany brand. The company’s roots go back to 1926 when Peerless was founded in Denmark. In the proceeding 90+ years, Tymphany has grown to be a global premier audio ODM with over 6,000 employees around the world. For more information visit www.tymphany.com.

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, or email press@xmos.com.

XMOS announces new regional distribution deal with Weikeng

XMOS announces new regional distribution deal with Weikeng 2000 995 Steve Palmer

XMOS Ltd, a leading supplier of advanced embedded voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market, today announced an exciting new partnership with Weikeng, serving China and Taiwan.

This partnership underlines the rapidly increasing demand for interfaces that enable people to control electronic devices the natural way – with their voice. There’s great synergy between XMOS – which supplies the most comprehensive portfolio of far-field voice interfaces and Weikeng – which is a highly regarded, specialist distributor in the smart speaker, TV and TV accessories market.

Mark Lippett, Chief Executive at XMOS said “We’re delighted to partner with Weikeng and extend the distribution of our voice solutions for the connected home market. Our world class voice and audio solutions appeal strongly to Weikeng’s customer base and we value their distribution capability across connected devices, especially smart speakers, TVs, soundbars and accessories.”

Stan Chi, President & COO at Weikeng said “VUI (voice user interface) is becoming mainstream in key market segments including consumer electronics, commercial conferencing, and emerging automotive applications. We are excited to be working with XMOS, who is the leader in these markets and firmly believe there is synergy with our other complementary product lines.”

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. The VocalFusionTM portfolio includes:

  • circular mic arrays for smart speakers and “centre of room” implementations
  • linear mic arrays for “edge of room” devices with stereo-AEC kits optimised for smart TVs, soundbars, set-top boxes and digital media adaptors
  • linear mic arrays and mono-AEC kits for other smart home devices such control panels and washing machines.

The XMOS VocalFusion range captures and delivers a crystal-clear voice interaction from across the room for processing by a cloud-based speech recognition system or local application processor. See more at xmos.com.

About Weikeng

Weikeng is a leading distributor across Asia, specialising in consumer electronics including smart speakers, TV and TV accessories.

XMOS at Computex

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The world’s broadest portfolio of voice interface solutions for the IoT and consumer electronics.

XMOS Ltd a leading supplier of advanced embedded voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market, today announced that they will be showcasing their extensive portfolio of VocalFusion™ true stereo voice capture solutions for far-field voice-enabled stereo smart TVs, soundbars, and set-top boxes at Computex 2018, Taipei, 5th to 9th June. XMOS will also be previewing their next generation VocalSorcery™ advanced blind source separation technology (by appointment only).

XMOS will be demonstrating their latest products and proof of concepts that capture voice commands for use in Alexa, Google, DuerOS or other voice enabled AI and IoT systems.

  • VocalFusion™ Stereo Dev Kit: In home electronics devices, this technology accurately captures voice commands from across the room, even in complex noisy environments, and when the same audio appliance is playing content at high volume. This development kit is the world’s first stereo acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) far-field linear microphone array solution. Uniquely, the solution also supports configurable AEC latency, where the AEC reference signals can be accurately calibrated, and the latency adjusted, to enable after-market far-field voice accessories for existing consumer electronics products. Available as an Amazon Alexa Voice Service qualified solution, and for use with Google, Baidu or other voice enabled AI systems.
  • VocalSorcery™: An advanced blind sound source signal separation technology that spatially identifies individual speakers or conversations within a crowded noisy audio environment to optimize voice capture and input into speech recognition systems. This technology elegantly solves the cocktail party problem, and opens up a wide variety of applications from video and conference calls, to automotive.

During Computex XMOS will be at The Grand Hotel Hyatt, Taipei, 5th to 9th June 2018.

About VocalFusion

XMOS VocalFusion voice processors deliver sophisticated voice digital signal processing (DSP) including a full duplex acoustic echo canceller (AEC) with barge-in capability that enables users to interrupt or pause a device that’s playing music, and an adaptive beamformer that follows a speaker. Additional sophisticated dereverberation, automatic gain control, and noise suppression provide crystal clear voice interaction experiences even in noisy environments, in a single device. The processor interfaces directly to four PDM microphones in a linear array with 33.33mm inter-mic spacing making it ideal for integration into flat screens and products found “at the edge of the room”.

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

Another world first for Bristol company XMOS

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Announcing the first stereo-AEC far-field linear development kit for AVS, qualified by Amazon.

XMOS Ltd, a leading supplier of advanced embedded voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market, today announced its VocalFusion Stereo Dev Kit for Amazon AVS, the first linear mic array solution qualified by Amazon for far-field performance that supports stereo acoustic echo cancellation. This XMOS development kit is designed for developers working in the growing Alexa-enabled smart TV, soundbar, set-top box, and digital media adapter market segments, all of which require true stereo-AEC support to deliver compelling “across the room” voice-interface solutions

“This is the second XMOS kit for the Alexa Voice Service that is qualified by Amazon,” said Mark Lippett, President and CEO at XMOS commenting on the announcement. “The kit for AVS we launched in October last year was another ‘first to market’ that we delivered for developers, generating significant interest from companies working on new linear form factors. That positive customer feedback and encouragement from Amazon has driven us to rapidly develop this stereo kit for new Alexa-enabled audio and visual equipment, and demonstrates the benefits and agility of our programmable XMOS technology.”

“As Alexa expands beyond table-top experiences and into edge-of-room devices, developers are looking for new ways to integrate Alexa seamlessly into the home environment where she can respond from anywhere in the room,” said Priya Abani, Director, Alexa Voice Service at Amazon. “This new stereo far-field linear development kit for AVS from XMOS provides the thin-form factor and high performance needed for these new device types. It opens up fresh opportunities to add Alexa in new ways to stereo home entertainment and wall-mounted AV equipment.”

The VocalFusion Stereo Kit for Amazon AVS (XK-VF3500-L33-AVS) is available to developers, OEMs, and ODMs from Digi-Key.

About VocalFusion Stereo Dev Kit for Amazon AVS

The kit is based on the XVF3500 voice processor, which delivers sophisticated voice digital signal processing that includes 2-channel full duplex acoustic echo cancellation (AEC). As with all other XMOS VocalFusion voice solutions, commands are accurately captured from across the room for processing by the Alexa Voice Service, even in complex, noisy acoustic environments.

The processor interfaces directly to four PDM microphones in a linear array with 33.33mm inter-mic spacing making it ideal for integration into flat screens and products found “at the edge of the room”.

About XMOS

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

During Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, XMOS will be in a Hall 7 Meeting Room, 26th February -1st March 2018, by appointment only.

eMeet and XMOS announce partnership to enable eMeet AI Office Assistant with leading edge far-field voice technology

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XMOS today announced that its VocalFusion™ voice technology has been selected by Shenzhen eMeet Technology Co for its mobile smart office assistant, eMeet OfficeCore M1. This commercial solution, which is available now from online retail stores, is the first output of this partnership.

The compact and portable speaker uses a USB and Bluetooth connection with a mobile phone or laptop to convert any space into a conference call facility. XMOS VocalFusion technology was chosen for its ability to detect and isolate the spoken word within 8 metres in all directions, thanks to far-field voice recognition capability and an array of seven eMeet 360° omni-directional microphones. The XMOS XVF3000 voice processor uses acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) to remove playback audio from the microphone signal allowing users to barge-in and talk over the playback signal. Automated noise suppression (ANS) and dereverberation technologies are used to remove unwanted noise and echoes in the captured signal, providing a crystal clear output signal. The microphone follows a voice as it moves around the room (via beamforming), and ensures that even the quietest person in the room can be easily heard.

“We chose the XMOS VocalFusion technology for our eMeet OfficeCore M1 because of the superior far-field voice technology and unrivalled processing power it can deliver for thin client applications,” said Wyman Chen, CEO at eMeet. “Our product is aimed at the professional conference call market, so quality of voice capture, noise isolation and AEC were key to the design. We’re extremely pleased with the result and the benefits that the XMOS technology has delivered to our product.”

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Lippett, President and CEO at XMOS, said “The eMeet solution is a typical example of the type of work our teams are involved in with professional and consumer electronics companies worldwide. Our technology is perfectly suited to addressing the issues of conference call quality in noisy environments, and eMeet has used this capability to deliver a superior product for business environments. We are seeing a huge demand for the benefits that our VocalFusion technology can deliver in an unprecedented range of applications and eMeet is one of the first companies to realize that potential in a commercial product.”

To discover more about the eMeet OfficeCore M1, visit www.eMeet.ai.

About XMOS

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

About eMeet

eMeet is an innovation-leading company, focused on mobile meeting solutions. We combine a unique voice product, AI service and multi-party information communication technologies to serve global users. eMeet solutions deliver greater value and improvements to the office efficiency of our end customers. For more information, please visit www.eMeet.ai.

XMOS delivers first Amazon Alexa Voice Service development kit with linear mic array for far-field voice capture

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XMOS announced today announced its VocalFusion 4-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is the first far-field, mono-AEC, linear mic array solution available. The XMOS kit is ideal for developers who want to integrate Alexa into smart panels, kitchen appliances, and other commercial and industrial electronics.

The kit features a compact four-microphone linear 100mm array. The captured voice signals are crystal clear even in noisy environments, enabling commands to be accurately captured from across the room for processing by the Alexa cloud-based speech recognition system. XMOS is the only solution to date that packs audio digital signal processing (DSP) and programmable I/O processing and control software into a single chip, enabling customers to significantly reduce their bill of materials, flexibly tailor their designs, and reduce costs.

The VocalFusion 4-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon AVS is the first development kit to feature a reference client built using the recently released AVS Device SDK. The AVS Device SDK is designed to further simplify the experience of creating Alexa-enabled products, thereby helping commercial device makers get AVS products to market faster.

“We’re delighted to work with XMOS as they introduce the first far-field linear mic array AVS solution, making it easier for developers and OEMs to build Alexa-enabled products,” said Priya Abani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “XMOS’ VocalFusion 4-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon AVS will accelerate the deployment of Alexa in deeply embedded systems, new device types, and form-factors, bringing customers more choice of where to access Alexa.”

At the heart of the XMOS solution is the VocalFusion XVF3000, a highly integrated far-field voice processor based on the XMOS award-winning xCORE multicore architecture. The XVF3000 delivers sophisticated voice DSP capability including a full duplex acoustic echo canceller (AEC) with barge-in capability that enables users to interrupt or pause a device that’s playing music, and sophisticated noise suppression with adaptive beamforming to provide high quality voice interaction experiences even in noisy environments.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Amazon, the pioneer in voice-enabled consumer solutions. We believe that our homes and offices will very soon be smart environments, and that voice provides the most convenient and intuitive solution to control the many machines that surround us,” said Mark Lippett, President and CEO at XMOS. “Solutions like ours enable developers to bring to market connected products that can be used with simplicity, in our own natural spoken language. We are working with our partners to accelerate the adoption of AVS as the voice solution of choice for the Internet of Things.”

The VocalFusion 4-Mic Kit for Amazon AVS (XK-VF3000-L33-AVS) is immediately available to developers, OEMs, and ODMs from Digi-Key.

About XMOS

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