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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.

The role of women in the rise of AI

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We spoke with Natalie Powell (ChannelNewsAsia) at MWC19 on the “Role of Women in the rise of Artificial Intelligence”.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/role-of-women-in-the-rise-of-artificial-intelligence-video-11456184

Introducing Windows collaboration display by Sharp

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“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.

Marketing Communications Manager

Marketing Communications Manager 4000 2667 Miguel

Based in Bristol.

The role sits in the Marketing team and plays a pivotal role in showcasing XMOS products to the market. Your responsibilities include:

  • Working with Product Management, the Marketing Development & Insight Manager and Sales, the Marketing Communications Manager sets the Go To Market communications plan for XMOS products. You will lead and execute on all product messaging and Go to Marketing communications eg: website copy, sales support material, product collateral / brochureware, social media etc
  • Working with our PR agency, Product Management and the Marketing Director, lead and co-ordinate the Media Relations activity to showcase our products and commercial implementations in mainstream media and trade press outlets.
  • Engage with key stakeholders (executive, sales and product management) to lead on events management and organise XMOS presence at key trade shows, conferences and exhibitions; project manage all activity running up to, at and after each event to deliver the target outcomes. Measure and communicate the success of the event.
  • Support the Marketing Director and the executive team on all internal communications activity.
  • Support on delivering copy for XMOS across various activities and platforms including product messaging on xmos.com, blogs and sales briefings etc.

You’ll need to be self-directed, proactive and equally comfortable working as part of a team or independently and you’ll enjoy working with limited direction.

About XMOS

We’re a global business, headquartered in Bristol, with offices across Asia and the United States; and we’re backed by some of the best names in high tech venture capital.

XMOS stands at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. Backed by some of the best names in high tech venture capital, we’re a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Today our unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software delivers class-leading far-field voice capture, and we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow.

As a deep tech company, we’re always looking for questioning, flexible and determined people to help make that happen. Ours is a learning environment, which means we hire for capability and potential – and help you to achieve your best.

Who we’re looking for

You’re an experienced marketing professional who has a good understanding of the embedded technology industry. You are a natural story-teller with excellent written (copywriting) and verbal communication skills. A clear thinker and influencer, you are experienced and comfortable in creating and delivering compelling presentations to small groups and large audiences.

You’ll have:

  • Good leadership skills
  • An understanding of how to build advocacy across a business and out to market
  • A strong orientation towards problem solving
  • A proven ability to build relationships with colleagues and communicate at all levels and across all functions
  • Excellent organisational skills; able to prioritise a busy workload and work to deadlines
  • A commitment to high standards

The benefits

  • Private Medical Insurance – membership of the corporate healthcare plan, currently held with AVIVA. Option of adding partner and children if they are residing in the UK (incremental premium has to be paid by the Employee).
  • Group Income Protection Cover – the level of benefit payable is 75% of Scheme Salary and an employee will become entitled to benefit after being unable to work because of sickness or injury for 26 continuous weeks.
  • Life Insurance – the benefit payable is a lump sum of 4 times Scheme Salary.
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme – established for employee contributions, with XMOS matching these up to 5% of salary.
  • Holidays – 25 days, plus 3 days mandatory leave during office closure between Christmas and New Year.
  • Share Options – EMI approved share options allocated at a level commensurate to seniority. A 4-year vesting profile with a 1-year cliff.

Mark Lippett talks about the chips that make Voice Assistants work

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Voicebot Podcast Ep 87: Mark talks to Bret Kinsella about what technologies make the far-field voice recognition feature possible in smart speakers, smart TVs, streaming media boxes and other devices.

https://voicebot.ai/2019/03/11/mark-lippett-ceo-of-xmos-on-the-chips-that-make-voice-assistants-work-voicebot-podcast-ep-87/

MWC19: are we ushering in an ‘era of intelligent connectivity’?

MWC19: are we ushering in an ‘era of intelligent connectivity’? 800 600 XMOS

February | Barcelona

It’s a bold claim to make, but after last year’s MWC Europe was described by some as a “damp squib,” this year’s theme proposed to “usher in the era of intelligent connectivity,” thrusting high-speed 5G networks, IoT, AI and big data to the forefront of discussions.

Organisers were keen to highlight ‘intelligent connectivity’ will open up a number of opportunities for highly personalised experiences. Much of the discussion was driven by developments in the connectivity infrastructure – 5G, full fibre or otherwise, advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the proliferation of smart devices in the IoT ecosystem, many of which were on the tradeshow floor. To our relief, MWC 2019 also moved past the gimmicky phase of IoT – who can forget the “record everything your kids say” wearable device of 2016 or the infamous laggy smart fridge which, in low lighting, could have passed as an iPad sellotaped to a regular fridge. Swish.

The conversation has moved on to how humans are going to engage in a simple, holistic way with their smart environments. And the biggest players in the world of tech are sitting up and taking notice. The success of voice services like Alexa, Google and Siri means that consumers are questioning why they need separate remote controls or mobile apps for each piece of technology in their home when they can ask a digital assistant to close the curtains, dim the lights and cue up the film on the TV.

There is no question that public consciousness has woken up to the power of voice. Smart speakers have fueled rapid growth in the voice space and other product categories are now coming to market. Latest estimates for home consumer electronics with ‘built in’ voice assistants have been revised upwards from 2017-18 to 75.6million units – based upon increased shipments in the smart TV and media streamer categories. (Futuresource)

The power of voice

XMOS was in the Department for International Trade’s exhibition space to showcase why voice is the natural interface between human and machine, withdemonstrable use-cases. Despite the challenges associated with running voice-enabled devices in a trade-show environment (the noise equivalence to a zoo), the commercial products on display passed the ultimate test: far-field voice capture with up close accuracy.

XMOS engineering has spurred a wave of third-party product implementations that are propelling the way humans interact with their digital assistants. From a healthcare companion robot to set-top boxes, our technology is at the heart of it. Here are some of the products we had on show:

  • Freebox Delta: the brainchild of innovative French telecoms operator Free, Freebox Delta is a high-performance fusion of technologies – a set-top box, media streamer, soundbar, WiFi server and smart home hub that responds intelligently to both touch and voice. XMOS provided the far-field voice capability for its two on-board personal assistants, Alexa and OK Freebox.
  • Hello2: created by the California-based communications company Solaborate Hello2, transforms your TV into a powerful communications device that responds intelligently to touch and voice. With far-field voice capture, a 4K HDR video sensor and a six element lens, Hello2 plugs into your TV with an HDMI cable to integrate audio, video and collaboration, so you can enjoy everything from digital whiteboarding to screen sharing, media streaming and gaming.
  • Pillo: created by Boston-based Pillo Health, this companion robot redefines the role of voice-enabled assistants in the homes of the elderly, sick and vulnerable, as well as transforming the way healthcare is administered. The Pillo robot is more than just a voice-enabled pill dispenser. By harnessing artificial intelligence, the device is capable of carrying out two-way interactions with its patients, offering genuine companionship as well as assistance.

Of the many, exciting new technologies on show, we were wowed by BMW’s Natural Interaction prototype, uses voice recognition, gesture control and gaze tracking to understand what you want to do in your car without pressing a button. Our CEO Mark Lippett spoke to analyst firm Bloomberg NEF on why cars represent such an exciting opportunity for voice technology. The combination of voice, sensors and AI will deliver conceptual awareness, which opens the potential for improved safety, reduce distractions and the ability for us to connect seamlessly with our voice assistant or ‘digital twin’.

Ushering in the era of intuitive intelligence

Perhaps a more fitting theme for this year’s show would be the era of intuitive intelligence. To look at connectivity in isolation, without articulating the benefits it’ll bring to consumers, can be frustrating – particularly as big token advancements such as 5G are still on the horizon for many. Today, voice interfaces are being adopted at double the rate of mobile phones when they first appeared. They are firmly positioned for general adoption at the intersection of humans and an augmented environment – which will be supercharged by next generation networks. The ultimate goal has to be a move away from touch-based commands toward ambient computing – where our interactions with the technology around us feel intuitive and easy – and we don’t need to learn how to use it, because the intelligence is already embedded in the device.

Programme Manager

Programme Manager 4928 3264 XMOS

Based in Bristol.

The role sits in the Marketing and Product Management team, managing the delivery of advanced voice technologies into the most demanding consumer markets to scope, on-time and to budget. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Management of multiple interdisciplinary development programs from specification to delivery.
  • Responsibility for programme scope, schedule and budget.
  • Identification and management of programme risks and issues.
  • Working with engineering, product management and operations teams to deliver pragmatic solutions to technical and logistical problems.
  • Preparation of summary and detail project documentation.
  • Management of third-parties – partners, contractors and customers – as appropriate.
  • Establish the Program Management Office (PMO) function; develop appropriate (best practice) programme management processes and manage continuous improvement within PMO.

You’ll need to be self-directed, proactive and able to work independently; you’ll enjoy solving day-to-day problems with limited direction.

About XMOS

We’re a global business, headquartered in Bristol, with offices across Asia and the United States; and we’re backed by some of the best names in high tech venture capital.

With a 10-year pedigree in Hi-Res and multichannel USB audio solutions, XMOS is at the forefront of the far-field voice interface market, with the most qualified, most comprehensive range. Adopted by leading brands, our high-performance, easily integrated solutions are transforming consumers’ interactions with everyday devices.

As a deep tech company working to develop more natural human machine interfaces, we’re always looking for questioning, flexible and determined people to help make that happen. Ours is a learning environment, which means we hire for capability and potential – and help you to achieve your best.

About our technology

XMOS is a fabless semiconductor company with a unique micro-controller design, underpinned by our own in-house tools.

Our approach to multi-core, highly parallel stream processing enables our software team to develop highly efficient “at the edge” intelligent sensor applications.

Today, we deliver best in class voice capture – detecting voice commands accurately, from across the room – even in busy environments when the person is speaking softly. And we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow.

Who we’re looking for

This role is suitable for an experienced project or programme manager.

You’ll have:

  • Extensive experience in project/programme management in a technology business.
  • Experience of software and embedded system development.
  • Strong alignment with agile/lean methodologies.
  • Experience of working in a matrixed development environment.
  • Sophisticated relationship and influencing skills. The successful individual needs to be comfortable working across multiple stakeholder groups at all levels of the organisation
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Resilient and determined; a critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Strong focus on execution and delivery, with attention to detail.
  • Experience of the voice or consumer audio markets.
  • Relevant project/program management certification.
  • Experience of appropriate quality standards, e.g. ISO9001:2015

The benefits

  • Competitive salary;
  • Private Medical Insurance– membership of the corporate healthcare plan, currently held with AVIVA. Option of adding partner and children if they are residing in the UK (incremental premium has to be paid by the Employee);
  • Group Income Protection Cover – the level of benefit payable is 75% of Scheme Salary and an employee will become entitled to benefit after being unable to work because of sickness or injury for 26 continuous weeks;
  • Life Insurance – the benefit payable is a lump sum of 4 times Scheme Salary;
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme – established for employee contributions, with XMOS matching these up to 5% of salary.
  • Holidays – 25 days; with an additional 3 days over the Christmas period for office closure
  • Share Options – EMI approved share options allocated at a level commensurate to seniority. A 4-year vesting profile with a 1-year cliff.

 

Senior software engineer (IoT)

Senior software engineer (IoT) 7952 5304 XMOS

Based in Hampton, New Hampshire (US).

The role sits in the IoT team. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Software design and implementation;
  • Collaboration in the team’s agile planning processes;
  • Automated test implementation;
  • Code reviews and support for other development on going within the team;
  • Collaboration with engineers from a range of disciplines to deliver complete, production ready systems.

You’ll need to be proactive and able to work independently; you’ll enjoy solving day-to-day problems with limited direction.

About XMOS

We’re a global business, headquartered in Bristol, with offices across Asia and the United States; and we’re backed by some of the best names in high tech venture capital.

With a 10-year pedigree in Hi-Res and multichannel USB audio solutions, XMOS is at the forefront of the far-field voice interface market, with the most qualified, most comprehensive range. Adopted by leading brands, our high-performance, easily integrated solutions are transforming consumers’ interactions with everyday devices.

As a deep tech company working to develop more natural human machine interfaces, we’re always looking for questioning, flexible and determined people to help make that happen. Ours is a learning environment, which means we hire for capability and potential – and help you to achieve your best.

About our technology

XMOS is a fabless semiconductor company with a unique micro-controller design, underpinned by our own in-house tools.

Our approach to multi-core, highly parallel stream processing enables our software team to develop highly efficient “at the edge” intelligent sensor applications.

Today, we deliver best in class voice capture – detecting voice commands accurately, from across the room – even in busy environments when the person is speaking softly. And we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow.

Who we’re looking for

XMOS is developing next generation voice control products and is looking for a software engineer to join the IoT team in our Hampton, New Hampshire office.

Essential skills:

  • Strong C/C++ programming skills;
  • Experience with embedded systems and hardware;
  • Experience with networking and asynchronous IO applications;
  • Familiar with real time operating systems like FreeRTOS or ThreadX;
  • Experience with IoT frameworks and messaging protocols like MQTT;
  • Experience with hardware protocols like SPI, I2C, I2S, and UART;
  • Working knowledge of Git.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience with high level languages such as Python;
  • Experience with Cloud services and programming APIs like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud;
  • Knowledge of public-key cryptography and TLS;
  • Familiarity with network-based application security;
  • Experience with unit tests and Test Driven Development;
  • An understanding of Continuous Integration systems.

Your Technical Experience should include a working knowledge of programming embedded systems, you will hold a BS or above in Computer Science or a related discipline.

Senior software engineer (firmware & algorithms)

Senior software engineer (firmware & algorithms) 5472 3648 XMOS

Based in Hampton, New Hampshire (US).

The role sits in the Firmware and Algorithms team. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Software design and implementation of embedded systems;
  • Translating complex mathematical algorithms to a resource constrained platform.
  • Collaboration in the team’s agile planning processes;
  • Automated test implementation;
  • Code reviews and support for other development on going within the team;
  • Collaboration with engineers from a range of disciplines to deliver complete, production ready systems.

You’ll need to be proactive and able to work independently; you’ll enjoy solving day-to-day problems with limited direction.

About XMOS

We’re a global business, headquartered in Bristol, with offices across Asia and the United States; and we’re backed by some of the best names in high tech venture capital.

With a 10-year pedigree in Hi-Res and multichannel USB audio solutions, XMOS is at the forefront of the far-field voice interface market, with the most qualified, most comprehensive range. Adopted by leading brands, our high-performance, easily integrated solutions are transforming consumers’ interactions with everyday devices.

As a deep tech company working to develop more natural human machine interfaces, we’re always looking for questioning, flexible and determined people to help make that happen. Ours is a learning environment, which means we hire for capability and potential – and help you to achieve your best.

About our technology

XMOS is a fabless semiconductor company with a unique micro-controller design, underpinned by our own in-house tools.

Our approach to multi-core, highly parallel stream processing enables our software team to develop highly efficient “at the edge” intelligent sensor applications.

Today, we deliver best in class voice capture – detecting voice commands accurately, from across the room – even in busy environments when the person is speaking softly. And we’re building for a more natural human machine interface tomorrow.

Who we’re looking for

XMOS is developing next generation voice control products and is looking for a junior software engineer to join the Firmware and Algorithms team in our Hampton, New Hampshire office.

Essential skills:

  • Strong C/C++ programming skills;
  • Experience with embedded systems;
  • Familiarity with standard hardware protocols like SPI, I2C, UART, and USB;
  • Able to comprehend hardware specs and schematics;
  • Working knowledge of Git.

Desirable skills:

  • Familiarity with high level languages such as Python or MATLAB;
  • Familiarity with unit tests and Test Driven Development;
  • An understanding of Continuous Integration systems;
  • DSP or acoustic algorithm experience.

Your Technical Experience should include a working knowledge of programming embedded systems, you will hold a BS or above in Computer Science or a related discipline and have 0 to 5 years of professional programming experience.

In his own words: Esher, our intern talks about his time at XMOS

In his own words: Esher, our intern talks about his time at XMOS 4503 3002 admin

XMOS continues to enlighten and surprise me.

I first worked at XMOS during the summer of 2017, after finishing my second-year university exams.  On finishing university, it was a pleasure to be able to return for a second work placement. XMOS is filled with such intelligent, dedicated and friendly people, and working here, I’ve seen how effectively a team can drive to reach shared goals and grow the business to where it deserves to be. Throughout this blog, I’d like to highlight my thoughts on the work I’ve been involved with, the culture that XMOS promotes and the vision I see for XMOS as a company moving forward. It has been an absolute honour to work alongside such talented people and I’ll watch XMOS with interest in the years to come.

During this work placement, I gained a fresh perspective on the company’s vision. I’d worked with the Finance team previously, so sitting with Marketing meant new faces, new ideas and new direction. I was immediately welcomed with my own desk, my own space and a sense of belonging – which really helped me relax into the role. My time was split between the Marketing and Finance teams, so I was never short of work! It was rewarding to feel I was adding real value to the business, helping in areas where help was clearly needed. I admit that some tasks were more exciting than others, but regardless of what I was doing, I certainly honed-in on and further developed some very important skills: the use of Excel, my attention to detail, my creativity, my communication and my ability to break down the task at hand logically and systematically. The work over the last 3 months has been full of variety. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working across different departments, gaining a great insight into XMOS and this fast-moving technology industry, but also working alongside and befriending some fascinating people.

I’d describe XMOS as open, natural and hardworking. The sense of community is really felt here and I believe it all stems from the employees. Everyone welcomed me as an equal, which made it easy for me to learn and grow as an individual. I felt a great willingness to help from everyone, regardless of their position in the company. The lack of hierarchy at XMOS is something I truly admire. Their flexibility and understanding of people’s needs is also outstanding. It’s also a company that’s serious about having fun. The lead-up to Christmas was been like no other, full of festivities and good vibes. The people I’ve been surrounded by for the last 3 months have brought me nothing but smiles and joy.

Make no mistake though, hard work and ambition is instilled in the backbone of XMOS employees. Their dedication to get the job done on time, to out-perform the competition and still look to what they can do to improve – that’s a real recipe for success and will help them scale new heights. An Indian sage once said that in a finite world, we are all looking for infinite satiation. In a never decelerating world of innovation today, where competition is considered a status quo state, it is of crucial importance to dedicate time to understand people and their behaviour. I believe that with some finer tuning and a deeper understanding of the needs and wants of XMOS employees, they’re on their way to the perfect culture.

XMOS has a bright future. Innovative ideas, great people, hard work, ambition…it’s all in the DNA of XMOS. I speak from a young generation when I say that technology is hot and exciting. The limits are endless. But let’s not forget about the fierce competition that’s contained within this field and it’s important for XMOS to compete fiercely and further expand sustainably and intelligently in this growing market. I believe innovation and adaptability is key. Providing high-qualify innovative products will put XMOS on the radar of new clients. Being adaptable will help XMOS build its brand as an intelligent company that’s aware of the current issues at hand. How can one promote innovation? For me, the core lies in being able to freely express ideas and solutions. Emphasis on the word ‘freely’: XMOS Ideas Sessions where, once a month, small, diverse groups have complete freedom to share ideas on potential XMOS improvements (be they internal or external); this could help shape the working environment, evolve the strategy or even identify a new product opportunity. Innovation stems from having many different perspectives and these Ideas Sessions may help surface even more pioneering ideas from the team.

When I think of what is to come for XMOS, I am filled with excitement and intrigue. I am grateful to have played a small part of XMOS’ journey and am excited for what the future holds. For me though, now comes a time of relaxation. A time of enjoyment, peace and exploration. I am travelling to South America, with my girlfriend, to explore and understand new cultures, new situations and new people. It is going to be a beautiful journey which I have complete trust in. During my time away, I will also be ‘chasing the wind’ – following my passion of kitesurfing. I am excited to finally dedicate myself to this sport it hasn’t been feasible to do so until now. I’m going to see many wonders during my time in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Cuba, but will never forget my time here at XMOS. I’ll be returning to England in summer 2019 and am looking forward to starting the next stage of my career at KPMG as a Technology Consultant. For now, I wish nothing but success and happiness for team XMOS. We’ll meet again!

by Esher Pegrum

XMOS is hiring!

If you’re interested in finding out more about what it’s like working for a leading company in the voice capture space, with partners such as Amazon Alexa and Infineon, you can browse our jobs or send us your CV with note about why you’d like to work here to work@xmos.com. We’d love to hear from you.