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  • "I can’t get enough of Fire HD 10’s hands-free Alexa feature."

    Jeffrey Van Camp, wired.com
  • "Last year, we introduced Alexa hands-free on the Fire HD 10 and customers are loving it—in fact, the Fire HD 10 is now our highest-rated Fire tablet"

    Kevin Keith, Amazon Devices General Manager
  • "Faceprint and Voiceprint on the LG V30, they both work really well. I especially like the ‘Face Unlock’ feature."

    Joe Fedewa, Phandroid
  • "The most exciting addition to the Fire HD 10 is the "Alexa Hands-free" mode."

    Mashable
  • "Using Alexa on the Fire HD 10 (2017) is just as easy as it is on the Echo, simply utter her name and then ask or command."

    Simon Hill, TechRadar
  • "The Ecobee4 is the new smart thermostat to beat (Nest who?) "

    CNet
  • "Even with music blaring, the Sonos One will recognize the Alexa hotword without you having to shout"

    Chris Welch, The Verge
  • "LG has provided various security options so you don’t have to use the fingerprint scanner if you don’t want. You can also unlock the phone with your face, the old school Knock Code or even your voice."

    Chris Martin, TechAdvisor
  • "The Moto Z2 Play takes voice commands a step further...you can do things with a “show me” command...without unlocking or even touching the phone. It only works with my voice for security."

    Dan Seifert, The Verge
  • VoiceGenie users will be able to chat with Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, or Alexa anywhere -- totally hands-free. You just speak the wake word.

    CNet
  • Ecobee4 Review: The First Smart Thermostat with Alexa

    Tom's Guide
  • VoiceGenie, a solution that allows most wireless headphones to utilize the power of Amazon’s Alexa on the go

    Android Headlines
  • VoiceGenie delivers low-powered speech recognition technology to wireless headphones and headsets.

    Wearable
  • VoiceGenie could change the way we interact with the devices already firmly embedded in our lives -- and it could make voice assistants just as integral.

    CNet
  • Amazon is relying on voice models that are key components of Sensory’s speech recognition suite.

    Business Intelligence
  • Sensory is enabling what it calls “wakeup words” — that is, terms and phrases that trigger the always-on listening that is a hallmark of assistants like Google Now and Siri — on devices that integrate Amazon’s Alexa.

    Digital Trends
  • Sensory, which focuses on voice recognition, teams up with Alexa's creators to make it easier for third-party developers to create voice-activated devices.

    CNET
  • Sensory won Best Innovation in Deep Learning at the Alconics awards; First Place in Mobile Security and Privacy at the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards; and Star Performer at the Speech Industry Awards, where CEO Todd Mozer also won a Luminary Award.

    FindBiometrics
  • Samsung Partners With Sensory For Face/Voice Biometrics

    AndroidHeadlines.com
  • Say out loud 'GoPro, start recording' and the camera starts recording, no fuzzing with buttons.

    Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal
  • …it works well even at a distance. You just shout "okay Garmin," the lights on the camera will blink, and then you can tell it to do things like start or stop recording, or take a photo.

    The Verge
  • Huawei also created this cool feature to help you find your phone more quickly. It’s called voice wake up, and you can ask your phone “Where are you?” or some other phrase, and your phone will respond, saying, “I’m here,” and play music until you find it.

    Malarie Gokey, digitaltrends.com
  • The best upgrade to the controls, though, has to be voice control...The Hero5 Black understands seven languages.

    Brent Rose, Wired
  • Most notably though, this new shooter supports voice commands, letting you control it via phrases such as, ‘Okay Garmin, start recording.’

    Engadget
  • GoPro added voice controls for starting and stopping recordings, snapping photos and even tagging highlights in your clips by saying "That was sick!" and "Oh sh*t!" It works really well, and there are currently 10 commands and support for seven languages.

    Sean O'Kane, The Verge
  • So if the cloud’s not private, how can your TV respond to voice commands? Simple. Use speech-recognition services that are baked right into the TV – no cloud required.

    Ted Kritsonis, Digital Trends
  • Voice commands are where both Hero 5 cameras flex their smarts.

    Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal
  • One of the coolest features on the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is the ability to use your voice to control the camera.

    ZDNet
  • Of particular interest is the fact that TrulySecure is an on-device biometric identification system that does not rely on a connection to the cloud. Many users prefer this approach because they do not wish for their biometric data to be replicated and stored outside of their personal devices.

    Max Maxfield, EE Times
  • TrulySecure works by watching and listening as you repeat a passphrase a couple times. The system tracks the way your lips move and registers the unique attributes of your voice.

    Josh Ong, The Next Web
  • Given Qualcomm’s prominence as a mobile technology developer and the technological advancement on display in its latest offerings, the partnership reflects very well on the confidence the company has in Sensory’s technology.

    Alex Perala, Mobile ID World
  • With touchless control, Motorola and Google upped the ante.

    Eric Mack, CNET
  • Speech recognition company Sensory is expanding into the computer vision space with a new smartphone security client that uses both voice and face recognition to lock down your phone.

    Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom
  • MotoX is a fantastic phone with many great features. My favorite is Touchless Control… Ask it the weather, to call a friend or do a Google search, and it'll just do it, and you never have to touch the phone.

    Pete Pachal, Mashable
  • Sensory is continuing to exhibit leadership in handsfree control by allowing a secure multimodal biometric that doesn’t require touching devices to make them work.

    Dan Miller, Opus Research
  • Touchless mode...is the most useful feature [on Moto X].

    David Pogue, NY Times
  • The defining feature of the Moto X is it’s a virtual ear, always straining to hear its owner’s voice say three magic words that will rouse it to action: "Okay, Google Now."

    Steven Levy, WIRED
  • The phone [Moto X] has all the standard features expected of today’s top smartphone, with a twist: the ability to control the phone by talking to it, without lifting a finger.

    The New York Times
  • The voice-response system, called BlueGenie is surprisingly accurate for such a small device. It's better than the voice system in my Blackberry phone.

    US News and World Report
  • [BlueGenie is] an intuitive voice control system...the finest voice recognition user interface we've seen.

    Good Gear Guide
  • Sensory is trying to revolutionize voice and speech recognition by creating TrulyHandsfree, which looks to evolve our interactions with our smart devices.

    Talk Android
  • It may not seem like much, but that little detail of getting the phone to wake up via a voice command - which Sensory calls ‘TrulyHandsfree’ - is one of the trickiest.

    Mashable
  • With its dual biometric factors, AppLock comes closer to the security-and-convenience ideal than I've ever seen.

    Mike Feibus, usatoday

Synopsys Introduces DesignWare ARC Processors Optimized for Low-Power Embedded DSP Applications

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — New ARC EM5D and EM7D Cores Combine High-Efficiency Control and Signal Processing to Minimize Energy Use in Sensor, Voice and Audio Processing Applications.

Highlights:

  • ARC EM5D and EM7D Processors with an optional Floating Point Unit (FPU) are based on the new ARCv2DSP Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), which includes more than 100 new DSP instructions
  • New cores are optimized for ultra low-power embedded DSP applications, consuming as little as 7 microwatts/MHz on typical 40-nanometer (nm) LP processes for energy-efficient signal processing of voice/speech, audio and sensor data
  • ARC MetaWare Toolkit provides a rich DSP software library and C/C++ Compiler for easy and efficient development of DSP algorithms and applications

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced availability of the DesignWare® ARC® EM DSP Family of processors, which includes the ARC EM5D and EM7D processors designed for low-power embedded digital signal processing applications. The processors are implementations of the new ARCv2DSP instruction set architecture (ISA), an enhancement to the efficiency-optimized ARCv2 ISA with over 100 new DSP instructions for accelerating signal processing algorithms, including vector and complex MUL/MAC operations. The ARC MetaWare Development toolkit supports C-language DSP programming with fixed-point data types and operator overloading. ARC EM DSP processors are based on the RISC architecture of the EM processor family, providing the combination of efficient real-time control and DSP performance required for ultra low-power, always-on devices that process audio, voice and sensor data.

“Consumers increasingly expect fully integrated, high-quality speech and audio technologies in their mobile devices, driving the need for hardware and software solutions that can deliver efficient RISC and DSP performance at ever-lower power consumption levels,” said Bernard Brafman, vice president of business development at Sensory, Inc. “The combination of Sensory’s leading TrulyHandsfree™ technology and ARC EM DSP processors will enable our mutual customers to implement state-of-the-art voice activation capabilities in their products without compromising performance or battery life.”

The ARC EM DSP processors implement a processing pipeline that offers an optimal balance of performance, power consumption and size for a wide range of control and DSP applications. The processor cores include a unified, single-cycle 32 x 32 MUL/MAC unit with 40-bit/72-bit accumulators. To deliver enhanced performance for filtering, fast Fourier transform (FFT) and other signal processing algorithms, the EM5D and EM7D feature fractional support (e.g., Q31 and Q15 data types) with saturating arithmetic, rounding and non-rounding instructions, as well as divide and square root. Vector support provides greater processor efficiency by enabling multiple data values to be processed in a single operation. The ARC EM5D and EM7D processors deliver excellent performance efficiency, consuming as little as seven microwatts/MHz in a typical 40-nm LP process technology. This high degree of performance efficiency makes the new cores ideally suited for ‘always-on’ voice activation in Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications. For example, Sensory Inc.’s TrulyHandsfree™ Voice Control software consumes less than four microwatts when executing Sensory’s Low Power Sound Detection technology on an ARC EM5D processor implemented in a 28-nm HPM process (logic and memory dynamic power). This enables an integrated hardware-software solution for voice activation and control with ultra-low energy consumption. Like all ARC processors, EM DSP processors are highly configurable so that each instance can be tailored to achieve the optimum balance of DSP and RISC performance as well as power and area efficiency. In addition, ARC Processor EXtensions (APEX) technology allows designers to create user-defined instructions, enabling the integration of custom hardware accelerators that improve application-specific performance while reducing power consumption and the amount of memory required. The ARC processors’ extensible architecture also helps minimize system-level latencies and silicon area by enabling memory and system-on-a-chip (SoC) peripherals to be directly connected to the processor for single-cycle access. Native ARM® AMBA® AHB™ and AHB-Lite™ as well as BVCI interfaces deliver efficient system throughput. An optional IEEE-754 compliant FPU supporting single- and double-precision operations is also available.

The DesignWare ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit is a complete solution for developing, debugging and optimizing embedded software targeted for ARC processors, including the new EM DSP processors. It includes an enhanced C/C++ compiler supporting the new DSP instructions for efficient algorithm development. The toolkit also includes a DSP software library of fixed-point math functions and an instruction-accurate simulator that includes accurate modeling of the new DSP operations.

“There has been a rapid proliferation of feature-rich mobile and IoT electronics needing instantaneous responses to audible commands or movements,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “Addressing the needs of these low-power designs requires a processor that is highly efficient at processing both control and DSP tasks. The new ARC EM5D and EM7D processors extend the proven EM family with energy-efficient signal processing capabilities ideally suited for the growing number of always-on devices.”

Availability and Resources

ARC EM5D and EM7D processors are scheduled for general availability in July. The associated development tools will be available in June.

About DesignWare IP

Synopsys is a leading provider of high-quality, silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs. The broad DesignWare IP portfolio includes complete interface IP solutions consisting of controllers, PHY and verification IP for widely used protocols, analog IP, embedded memories, logic libraries, processor solutions and subsystems. To support software development and hardware/software integration of the IP, Synopsys offers drivers, transaction-level models, and prototypes for many of its IP products. Synopsys’ HAPS® FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution enables validation of the IP and the SoC in the system context. Synopsys’ Virtualizer™ virtual prototyping tool set allows developers to start the development of software for the IP or the entire SoC significantly earlier compared to traditional methods. With a robust IP development methodology, extensive investment in quality, IP prototyping, software development and comprehensive technical support, Synopsys enables designers to accelerate time-to-market and reduce integration risk. For more information on DesignWare IP, visit: http://www.synopsys.com/designware.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design, verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create billions of chips and systems. Learn more at http://www.synopsys.com.

Editorial Contacts:
Monica Marmie
Synopsys, Inc.
650-584-2890
monical@synopsys.com

Stephen Brennan
MCA, Inc.
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sbrennan@mcapr.com

SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.