Spansion Teams Up with Nuance

Nuance and semiconductor products provider Spansion have partnered to further voice recognition for embedded solutions for cars, gaming, and consumer electronics.

Spansion is developing programmable system solutions that use its nonvolatile memory technology to improve the speed and accuracy of reading data for systems that are memory, processing, and MIPS intensive.

The company will be integrating Nuance's voice recognition technology as part of these systems, and initially deploy them in automobiles, where increased processing and memory are critical for in-car entertainment, connectivity, navigation, and safety technologies. By integrating Nuance's voice capabilities, automotive manufacturers will be able to further minimize visual-manual distractions, according to the companies.

Additionally, Nuance and Spansion are working together to integrate their products to improve the quality and latency of speech search for accurate data. The companies have combined their latest technology capabilities on a demo platform, which is currently under evaluation by several automotive makers and suppliers.

"Voice technology must be thoughtfully integrated as part of the in-car system in totality; it can't be an afterthought," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, Nuance Automotive. "With our voice technologies integrated as part of the Spansion chips, Nuance and Spansion are able to further drive a synergy between hardware and software solutions that will enable auto manufacturers to take full advantage of the speed and power needed for today's embedded automotive systems."

Spansion will also integrate Nuance's voice technology as part of systems tailored for the gaming and consumer electronics market, giving OEMs the ability to bring to market faster voice recognition processing for both embedded command and control.

"Widespread adoption of voice recognition is accelerating as people are increasingly leveraging unique interfaces on phones, tablets, in cars, and now gaming and consumer electronics devices," said Alvin Wong, vice president of marketing of Spansion's Programmable Systems Solutions, in a statement. "We look forward to partnering with Nuance to further advance voice user interface through the combination of our programmable system solutions with Nuance's robust embedded voice technologies, ultimately benefitting our industry-leading partners in embedded markets."

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