SOURCE: Fonix Corp.

March 10, 2008 08:30 ET

Casio's 2008 Line-Up of Electronic Dictionaries Utilizes Fonix Speech TTS 6.0 Technology

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Fonix Speech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fonix® Corporation (OTCBB: FNIX), announced that Casio Computer Co., Ltd., a leader in the development and sales of electronic dictionaries, has released 20 new electronic dictionary models for 2008 that include FonixTalk TTS 6.0 software technology. Fonix Speech, Inc. has a per unit royalty agreement in place with Casio for its technology. According to an independent market researcher, Gfk Marketing Service Japan Ltd., Casio is the market leader in Japan selling electronic dictionaries. Fonix Speech, Inc. specializes in the development and marketing of embedded speech interface technology for mobile devices, handheld electronic products, video game consoles, data base systems and processors.

"Users of Casio's new electronic dictionary products incorporating FonixTalk technology will enjoy a much improved, more natural sounding female voice in 2008," commented John Shepherd, Sales Director for Fonix Speech, Inc. "The sounds, accents and intonations have all become better, allowing users to more clearly hear these differences."

Casio is currently utilizing FonixTalk TTS 6.0 on devices that include U.S. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Spring 2008 products include 16 new models for the Japan market, 2 new models for the Korean market and 2 new models for the China market. For high school students who demand the latest in useful materials for university entrance examinations, the XD-SP4800 model features the latest dictionaries and reference materials for this purpose. Casio also has electronic dictionaries with Korean and Mandarin Chinese languages available. Casio is distributing units with FonixTalk 6.0 in Japan, Korea and China. In the European market, units with DECtalk 4.6.5 are being distributed in France, Germany and Spain.

In 2007, there were approximately 35 new translator-oriented devices introduced into the market by various manufacturers. By all accounts, the business of assisting consumers in the process of learning a new language continues to be very strong. Fonix anticipates supplying TTS solutions to additional Asian-based manufacturers in 2008.

For more information about Fonix Speech solutions, visit or call (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales."

About Casio Computer Co., Ltd.

Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. Today, Casio's offerings include timepieces, digital cameras, cellular phones, electronic dictionaries, calculators, musical instruments, system equipment, and electronic components such as LCDs. The Casio Group employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, shipping over 100 million products per year, with net sales of 620 billion yen (approx US$5,260 million) in the fiscal year ended March 2007. News and product information from Casio is available at

About Fonix Speech, Inc.

The Fonix Speech Inc., headquartered in Momochi, JAPAN, is an innovative speech recognition and text-to-speech technology company that provides value-added speech solutions for mobile/wireless devices, interactive video games, toys and appliances, computer telephony systems, the assistive market, and automotive telematics. Fonix provides developers and manufacturers with cost-effective speech solutions to enhance their devices and systems. Please visit for more information, or call (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales."

About Fonix Corporation

Fonix Corporation (OTCBB: FNIX), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is an innovative speech recognition and text-to-speech technology company that provides value-added speech solutions through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fonix Speech, Inc. Please visit for more information.

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