SOURCE: Conexant


May 10, 2016 09:00 ET

Unisound, Conexant Form Strategic Partnership to Bring AudioSmart Voice Control to Smart Appliances

Highly Accurate, Robust, Interactive Way to Control Smart Air Conditioners and More -- Even in Far-Field Conditions

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwired - May 10, 2016) -  This week at CES Asia 2016, audio and imaging innovation leader Conexant Systems, Inc., will be highlighting their AudioSmart™ product line of highly efficient, powerful silicon and software solutions that enhance the audio experience for a range of consumer electronics and Smart Home applications. Today, the company has announced a partnership with voice recognition and processing technology provider Unisound. Utilizing the CX2092x high-performance far-field voice input processor system-on-chip (SoC), the resulting solution is designed for the Chinese smart appliance market and addresses consumers' desire to interact with products such as free-standing air conditioners, robots, smart speakers, car kits and more -- using only their voice.

China is the largest market for smart air conditioners -- 3 million units were purchased in 2015, according to IHS. By adding seamless, natural voice control, Conexant is improving the way that consumers interact with these popular appliances, creating a user-centric, personalized experience that requires no remote control. "By including Conexant's technology, we are able to bring best-in-class voice control features to the home devices our customers use most," noted Heng Kang, Unisound COO. "Tech-savvy Chinese consumers are embracing Smart Home technology to a greater extent than their global counterparts, and it's crucial that we offer them the most innovative, forward-thinking products that we can. Conexant enables us to do this." 

"Lower the temperature by five degrees." "Power off." Leveraging Conexant's technology, which eliminates background noise in real-world environments, users can issue speech commands anytime, from anywhere in the room, without worrying about interference -- including the noise coming from the air conditioning unit itself. This noise cancellation allows the user's voice to be clearly understood and acted upon, even at a distance, and at any angle relative to the product's microphones.

The CX2092x combines an integrated DSP CODEC processor with powerful, efficient voice processing algorithms to create a true distant-speaker voice processing solution for consumer electronics.

Key features of the CX2092x include:

  • Fully integrated Wake-on-Voice solution with embedded third-party speech recognition engine
  • Excellent speech recognition hit rate and clear voice quality
  • Compatibility with multiple leading speech recognition vendors
  • Dual 24 bit ADC and microphone preamp with independent microphone bias supply

According to Saleel Awsare, Conexant senior vice president and general manager, "China is a key player in the Smart Home revolution. Our partnership with Unisound is designed to create a connected world of intelligent systems that listen, understand and engage on a human level. We are also working closely together on next generation applications that will include our 4-microphone voice input processing solution, for an immersive, 360-degree user experience."

Part of the Conexant Smart Home portfolio, the CX2092x is available in a 60-QFN package. EVKs are currently available to qualified customers and partners for $500. Pricing starts at $5.18 each in 100K quantities.

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About Conexant
Conexant Systems, Inc., an audio and imaging innovation leader, combines its significant IP portfolio in DSP, analog and mixed signal technology with embedded software to deliver highly innovative silicon and software solutions to enrich and expand audio and imaging capabilities. Both enterprise and consumer markets are addressed by Conexant's AudioSmart™ and ImagingSmart™ solutions. Products with the company's technology built-in include PCs, tablet computers, TVs, headsets, printers, video monitors, game consoles and a variety of other devices. Founded in 1999, Conexant is a privately-held fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Irvine, Calif. with offices and design centers worldwide. To learn more, please visit, follow them on LinkedIn, like them on Facebook, and view their video library on YouTube and Youku.

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