Rubidium Releases Italian Integrated ASR and TTS Package

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Italian Expands Rubidium’s European Language Pack Available for Bluetooth Handsfree Products and other Mobile Devices.

Rubidium continuously strives to supply its clientele with new products that help them capitalize on hot market opportunities.

Rubidium Ltd., a global supplier of embedded speech processing technologies, announced today that it has released a new integrated Voice User Interface (VUI) engine for the Italian language, encapsulating Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Text-to-Speech (TTS) and playback of Compressed Speech Prompts (CSP).

According to the Bologna statistics of the European Union, Italian is spoken by 79 million people in the EU (16% of the EU population), having a wide variety of regional accents and dialects. Although Rubidium had already introduced Italian speaking products to the market as early as 1999, it has spent a substantial effort in the past few months enhancing the dialect coverage, as well as improving and verifying the robustness of its integrated product in a handsfree environment and use-cases.

“Rubidium continuously strives to supply its clientele with new products that help them capitalize on hot market opportunities. Italy has always showed a distinctive combination of a large diversity of dialects and a large technology savvy population,” states Shlomo Peller, CEO and Founder of Rubidium Ltd. "By mitigating the technological challenge in our Italian VUI pack we expand the target audience for our customers and help them improve their international market presence while strengthening their brand.”

Italian is the fourth most common language in the European Union behind English, German and French, all of which (together with Spanish) are already a part of Rubidium’s Central European VUI language pack. Now, consumer device makers and other OEMs will be able to enhance the hands free user experience they offer in their products using Rubidium’s Italian ASR, TTS and CSP technologies.

Rubidium has been a recognized innovator in embedded speech processing technology for domestic appliances and consumer applications since 1995, with a global install base exceeding 30 million products. Rubidium's multilingual voice user interface solutions, from low-cost chips and modules to embedded software, include compelling solutions such as TTS, ASR, speech compression and playback (e.g. speech storage, transmission and retrieval) as well as biometric speaker verification.

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