Epson debuts speech synthesis chip

Posted on Saturday, Jun 02 2007 @ 20:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Earlier this week Epson presented a new speech synthesis chip for embedded applications using the Fonix text-to-speech function.
According to a press release the S1V30120 converts text-based characters into a synthetic speech signal, which is output via the integrated DAC.

It uses a message protocol based on a clock-synchronous serial interface, the chip can be easily integrated with various host devices and MCUs.

The S1V30120 supports decoding of ADPCM data, which means that mixtures of pre-recorded speech and synthetic speech can combined.

The chip is being built for systems that require voice guidance such as those embedded in home appliances, buildings and office/industrial equipment.

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