CSR (LSE:CSR) announced that its BlueCore5-Multimedia Bluetooth platform is now available with Rubidium’s Talking Caller ID text-to-speech (TTS) application. Using Rubidium’s embedded TTS technology, Bluetooth headsets and handsfree car kits based on CSR’s BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon can now announce the caller’s name and number. Users of products enabled with this function will now find it easier and safer to decide whether or not to take a call.
The latest addition to CSR’s eXtension Partner Programme, Rubidium’s Talking Caller ID TTS uses phonetic technology designed to convert the textual information displayed on a mobile handset into a natural-sounding speech announcement. Designed to enable correct pronunciation of virtually any name, it includes a linguistic analyser and an internal dictionary of thousands of native and foreign names.
Already incorporated into millions of products worldwide, Rubidium’s Talking Caller ID technology is optimised to provide natural-speech quality whilst keeping the software and hardware footprint at an affordable size. This software has now been integrated into CSR’s silicon, eliminating any need for additional hardware or BOM items.
When, later in the year, Rubidium’s speaker independent speech recognition engine is also implemented into the BlueCore-Multimedia platform, products made using these technologies will provide an exceptional voice interactive, handsfree experience.
BlueCore5-Multimedia is the only single-chip Bluetooth platform with a powerful 64 MIPS DSP and on-chip memory to support a host of third-party software for enhanced audio capability and expanded functionality to add increased value to mobile handsets, headsets and automotive handsfree systems.
Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President of CSR’s Wireless Audio Strategic Business Unit commented, “Rubidium is an expert in optimising speech-processing technology, and the quality of its Talking Caller ID TTS engine almost speaks for itself. Integrating Rubidium’s technology to the programme further strengthens CSR’s multimedia Bluetooth portfolio and offers customers cutting-edge technology with the minimum of fuss.”
Shlomo Peller, Rubidium’s Founder and CEO stated, “Consumers are demanding more of their wireless devices, seeking superior quality, user comfort and ease of use. Our partnership with CSR allows us to enhance our product offering further, adding an unbeatable level of value to the automotive, handset and headset industry. Rubidium’s Talking Caller ID TTS is already a proven technology. Now combined with CSR’s powerful DSP-based architecture, we can offer users an unprecedented level of quality and functionality in handsfree applications.”
CSR is the leading global provider of personal wireless technology and its product portfolio covers Bluetooth, GPS, FM receivers and WiFi (IEEE802.11). CSR offers developed hardware/software solutions based around its silicon platforms that incorporate fully integrated radio, baseband and microcontroller elements. CSR’s customers include industry leaders such as Apple, Dell, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TomTom and Toshiba. CSR has its headquarters and offices in Cambridge, UK, and offices in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, India, France, Denmark, Sweden and both Dallas and Detroit in the USA.
Rubidium is a recognized innovator in embedded speech-processing development for mass-market applications, offering a wide range of voice-processing chips and solutions for diverse markets and applications, including telephony, automotive, smart toys, assistive devices and consumer appliances. Rubidium’s speech-processing solutions are used in millions of devices worldwide, and include compelling products such as Talking Caller ID, speech recognition, speech compression and recording, text-to-speech, noise reduction, biometric speaker verification/identification, and speech detection. Rubidium’s offices are located in Ra’anana, Israel. The company markets and sells its products to customers in the Far East, USA and Europe through direct marketing and agents.