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Sensory and Tensilica Partner to Offer Complete Speech Recognition Subsystem

Sensory's TrulyHandsfree to be Ported to Tensilica's Market-Leading HiFi Audio DSPs

Santa Clara, CA, USA  - February 23, 2012 - Tensilica and Sensory today announced that the two companies are partnering to bring Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Voice Control to Tensilica's leading HiFi Audio DSPs (digital signal processors ) for SOC (system-on-chip) designs. Sensory's TrulyHandsFree Voice Control is a finalist in the Best Breakthrough Technology Category for GSMA's Global 2012 awards. The winner will be announced during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest and leading mobile industry event held in Barcelona February 27 through March 1. Tensilica and Sensory will be demonstrating their joint audio solution at Tensilica's booth, #1F39 at the Mobile World Congress, February 27 - March 1, in Barcelona, Spain.

Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Voice Control is recognized as providing the most accurate speech activation, a real challenge in noisy environments. It allows users to deliver commands from as far as 20 feet away or in high noise conditions, making it an ideal solution for controlling devices while multitasking or in the car where users need to focus on driving.  It provides a voice trigger capability on a local device that can communicate via the cloud to enable complex voice searches and text-to-speech for data retrieval. It allows Siri-like applications to not require a button press to use, which is more convenient in the car and throughout the home.

Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSPs are the leading audio DSP IP cores, licensed by over 40 customers including five of the top 10 semiconductor manufacturers and many leading system OEMs. The HiFi Audio DSPs support over 90 audio and voice codecs with very efficient processing at low power. The HiFi Audio DSPs are part of Tensilica's growing line of dataplane processors (DPUs) that efficiently do the challenging, compute-intensive tasks in SOC designs.

"Speech recognition for voice input and command is very important to Tensilica as it provides a greater ease-of-use for consumers in a wide range of products including mobile handsets, digital cameras and home entertainment devices.  We're excited about this partnership with Sensory to bring a complete solution to our semiconductor and system OEM partners as Sensory has such a well-recognized solution for voice recognition," stated Jack Guedj, Tensilica's president and CEO.

"We decided to partner with Tensilica because so many of our customers are using HiFi DSPs in their chip designs because they provide the best performance/power/area," stated Todd Mozer, Sensory's president, CEO and chairman. "The three HiFi DSPs provide a great range of audio solutions for designs spanning smartphones to home entertainment equipment."

About Sensory

Sensory, Inc. is the leader in speech technologies for consumer products, offering a complete line of IC and software-only solutions for speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, music synthesis and more. Sensory's products are widely deployed in consumer electronic applications including Smart Phones, Automotive, Bluetooth products, toys, and various home electronics. Sensory's customers represent the leaders in consumer electronics, including such companies as AT&T, BlueAnt Wireless, Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, Mattel, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Uniden, VTech, Samsung and Sony. The company can be found on the web at www.sensoryinc.com.

About Tensilica

Tensilica, Inc. is the leader in dataplane processor IP cores. Dataplane processors (DPUs) combine the best capabilities of DSPs and CPUs while delivering 10 to 100x the performance because they can be optimized using Tensilica's automated design tools to meet specific and demanding signal processing performance targets. Tensilica's DPUs power SOC designs at system OEMs and seven out of the top 10 semiconductor companies for designs in mobile wireless, telecom and network infrastructure, computing and storage, and home and auto entertainment. For more information on Tensilica's patented, benchmark-proven DPUs visit www.tensilica.com.

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Editors' Notes:

  • Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica, Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Tensilica's announced licensees include:  Afa Technologies, ALPS, Aquantia, Astute Networks, Atheros, AMD, Avision, Bay Microsystems, Brocade, Broadcom, Cavium, Chelsio, Cisco Systems, CMC Microsystems, Conexant Systems, Design Art Networks, EE Solutions, Epson, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Semiconductor, Huawei, iBiquity Digital, Ikanos Communications, Intel, Juniper Networks, LG Electronics, Lucid Information Technology, Marvell, Maxim, NEC Corporation, Nethra Imaging, Novatek, NuFront, NXP, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd.,  Panasonic Mobile, Plato Networks, PnpNetwork Technologies, PowerLayer Microsystems, QLogic, Samsung, Shanghai High Definition Digital Technology Industrial Corporation SiBEAM, Sirius XM Radio ,Sony, Stretch, TranSwitch Corporation, Triductor Technology, Valens Semiconductor, Validity Sensors, VIA, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), and Wolfson Microelectronics.