Sensory Releases FluentChip 2.0

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New and updated speech technologies now available on the RSC-4x platform.

Sensory, Inc., the world leader in embedded speech technologies today released updates and additions to its FluentChip™ technology library for the RSC-4x family of mixed signal processors. FluentChip™ 2.0 offers speech recognition, speech and music synthesis, as well as general product control features running on a single low-cost IC, and requires as little as 20K of memory to recognize a word set with extremely high accuracy, speaker independence and reasonable tolerance for ambient noise.

New Technologies Now Included in 2.0

FluentChip™ 2.0 includes world class technologies such as T2SI™ (text-to-speaker-independent-no training required), SD (speaker dependent-trained to one voice), and SV (speaker verification-voice biometric password) speech recognition. It also offers MIDI-like music and speech synthesis capabilities, as well as specialized tools to facilitate fast prototyping and product development for members of the RSC-4x family. Sensory has added new capabilities to FluentChip™ 2.0, including:

  •      T2SI™ plus SD (allows both speaker independent and customized commands in the same application, an industry first!)
  •     New RSC-464 Compatibility (lowest cost RSC-4x option)
  •     16 KHz SX (Hi-Fidelity Speech Synthesis)
  •     Variable Rate SXL (allows manipulation of speech playback speed)
  •     Faster Frame Rates (better recognition for fast talkers)
  •     Enhanced recognition in noisy environments

“FluentChip™ 2.0 is designed to serve the consumer products market with a broader range of features and price points” notes Bill Teasley, Vice President of Engineering at Sensory. “For example, T2SI™ plus SD allows an RSC4x enabled consumer product to recognize a predefined vocabulary out-of-the-box, and also allows for customizable commands at the user level.” Depending upon the needs of the application, Sensory offers a variety of chip options that ensure the most powerful product at the lowest possible cost.

New Development Tools Available

Sensory offers a low cost toolkit in order to preview and develop its speech technologies in a real world protypical environment. The RSC-4x Demo/Evaluation Toolkit V2 includes an RSC-4128 based programming board, the new FluentChip™ 2.0 firmware, and also upgraded programming features that support a USB interface, 0 wait states for improved quality synthesis, and 32MBytes of serial flash memory for storing synthesized speech. The new toolkit is available to order from the Sensory website for $199. An optional 64Kbyte C Compiler is available as a free download from mikroElektronika and an upgrade to 1MB is available for $99.

For developers who wish to incorporate RSC-4x capabilities into smaller scale projects, Sensory’s new low cost 40-pin DIP footprint VR Stamp module also supports the FluentChip™ 2.0 technology library. Sensory’s VR Stamp™ Toolkit and mikroElektronika’s Easy VR Stamp Development System offer low cost development platforms to promote rapid deployment of speech technologies into virtually any consumer electronic product imaginable. More information is available on the Sensory website.

About Sensory, Inc.

Sensory, Inc., ( is the world leader in embedded speech technologies. Sensory is a profitable private company offering a complete line of IC and software-only solutions for speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, music synthesis and more. The company’s products are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including telephones, home automation, toys, remote controls, automotive, security, and learning aids. Sensory’s customers represent the leaders in consumer electronics, including such companies as Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, Mattel, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Uniden and Sony. Additional Sensory offices are located in Portland, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Vienna.

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