QuickLogic and Sensory Partner to Provide Always Listening, Deeply Embedded Voice Recognition at Ultra-Low Power

  • Hardened system blocks specifically designed for voice processing applications provide extremely power efficient, always-listening voice capability

  • Less than 350 microAmps always-on voice trigger

  • Supports advanced voice processing, including voice recognition, without cloud connection requirement

Sunnyvale, CA — QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK), the innovator of ultra-low power programmable sensor processing solutions, today announced that it is partnering with voice and vision technology industry leader Sensory Inc. to deliver TrulyHandsfree™ software the world's most advanced voice recognition solution, deeply embedded in its new EOS™ S3 sensor processing platform. The hardened system blocks included in the EOS sensor processing SoC platform are designed to provide integrated voice trigger and command and control functionality at ultra-low power levels, enabling a vast array of voice-driven applications without the need for a connection to cloud services.

Integrated logic allows digital input from Pulse Density Modulation (PDM) as well as Inter-IC Sound (I2S) microphones, and provides PDM to Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) conversion for processing with Sensory's TrulyHandsfree software. Also hard coded is Sensory's Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD) technology, which allows the speech recognizer to be suspended while an ultra-low power sound detector is running and listening for what could be speech.

The integrated system supports a wide range of features including highly noise robust always-on, always-listening fixed triggers, enrolled fixed triggers, user defined triggers and passphrases, and up to 20 phrase spotted commands that can be accurately detected in silent to extremely noisy environments. Embedding functionality in hardware dramatically reduces power consumption, enabling always-on voice triggering at a draw of less than 350 microAmps.

"QuickLogic's new EOS sensor platform is groundbreaking, and we are excited to have enhanced its capabilities by providing our TrulyHandsfree voice control technology complemented by our ultra-low power sound detector in the form of an embedded block," said Bernard Brafman, vice president of business development at Sensory.

"Sensory is the industry leader in voice processing systems for mobile applications," said Dr. Frank A. Shemansky, Jr., senior director of product management at QuickLogic Corporation. "Integration of Sensory's TrulyHandsfree and LPSD technologies with the QuickLogic EOS sensor processing system provides unprecedented always-on voice capability, and will facilitate a new generation of voice-driven applications."

Sensory's TrulyHandsfree firmware and hardware low power sound detector (LPSD) are included in QuickLogic's advanced EOS sensor processing SoC, which incorporates a revolutionary architecture that enables the industry's most advanced and compute intensive sensor processing capability at a fraction of the power consumption of competing technologies.


Initial samples of the EOS platform with integrated voice processing will be available in September 2015. For more information, please visit www.quicklogic.com/EOS.

About QuickLogic

QuickLogic Corporation is the leading provider of ultra-low power, customizable sensor processing platforms, Display, and Connectivity semiconductor solutions for smartphone, tablet, wearable, and mobile enterprise OEMs. Called Customer Specific Standard Products (CSSPs), these programmable 'silicon plus software' solutions enable our customers to bring hardware-differentiated products to market quickly and cost effectively. For more information about QuickLogic and CSSPs, visit www.quicklogic.com.

About Sensory Inc.

Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory's technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. With its TrulyHandsfree™ voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms' ultra-low power "always listening" touchless control. To date, Sensory's technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. QuickLogic is a registered trademark and the QuickLogic logo and EOS are trademarks of QuickLogic Corporation. All other brands or trademarks are the property of their respective holders and should be treated as such.


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