SOURCE: Fonix Corporation

June 24, 2008 09:15 ET

Fonix Announces FonixTalk 6.1 TTS

Improved Features for Mobile and Embedded Devices

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Fonix Speech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fonix® Corporation (OTCBB: FNIX) specializing in embedded speech interfaces for mobile devices, handheld electronic products, video game systems and processors, releases FonixTalk™ 6.1, an improved version of FonixTalk 6.0, its premier embedded text-to-speech (TTS) technology. FonixTalk 6.1 is available for license with an SDK and unit royalty fee. A demo is available @ www.fonixspeech.com.

FonixTalk 6.1 is multi-language TTS software featuring the industry's smallest memory footprint, making it ideal for embedded applications. Manufacturers and developers can use FonixTalk TTS to create speech-enabled applications for handheld electronic devices like dictionaries and translators, PDAs, mobile phones, automotive applications, and devices to assist people with disabilities.

"Fonix FonixTalk has been widely accepted by our customers. Casio has released its 2008 e.dictionaries with the improved features of FonixTalk 6.0. FonixTalk 6.1 is a new release with several improvements and bug fixes," says Lynn Shepherd, Senior VP of Product Strategy, Fonix Speech, Inc. "Fonix embedded TTS has significantly expanded the market use and acceptance of TTS. 6.1 enhancements allow for mobile device, e.dictionaries and mobile phone OEMs to capture increased device functionality and improved customer experience."

FonixTalk 6.1 features include:

  --  Intelligible, natural-sounding synthetic speech
  --  Small memory footprint that surpasses competitive offerings, while
      maintaining intelligibility
  --  Wide array of supported hardware platforms and operating systems
  --  Multiple languages including:
        --  U.S. English
        --  Castilian and Latin American Spanish
        --  German
        --  French
        --  Italian
        --  Korean
        --  Chinese and Japanese expected in future releases
  --  Improved vocal tract and intonation technology

FonixTalk 6.1 improvements include:

  --  Improved female and child voices
  --  TTS voices can be customized
  --  Creating custom voices requires approximately a few weeks rather than
      months
  --  Developers can use personal codes for added voice expressiveness
  --  Speech rate can be increased to many times the rate of normal speech
      while maintaining the correct articulation and intelligibility
  --  Developers can optimize the sound for specific audio systems,
      channels or environments
  --  Improvements in the TTS speech result in a more natural and less
      robotic sound
  --  Improved intonation modeling makes the speech prosody (rhythm and
      stress) sound more natural

"Fonix developers have optimized 6.1 for embedded platforms without significant increases in memory or CPU usage," says Shepherd. "We believe the FonixTalk technology has the capacity to mimic human voice sound. Further and continued improvements are expected to approach the sound of a human voice. With less memory and CPU requirement FonixTalk outperforms concatenated speech technologies, which require significantly more computer, device resources."

FonixTalk is available directly from Fonix Speech. Call (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales" for demos, availability and pricing.

About Fonix

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., currently offering voice 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 devices and systems. Visit www.fonix.com for more information, or call (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales."

Statements released by Fonix that are not purely historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's expectations, hopes, intentions and strategies for the future. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties that may affect the Company's business prospects and performance. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Risk factors include general economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors as discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. The Company does not undertake any responsibility to update the forward-looking statements contained in this release.

Contact Information

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