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XMOS acquires Setem Technologies to drive the development of next generation voice interfaces

XMOS, a leading supplier of voice solutions for IoT products, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Setem Technologies, a specialist in Advanced Blind Source Signal Separation technology that enables consumer devices to focus on a specific voice or conversation within a crowded audio environment in order to optimise input into speech recognition systems.

"The acquisition of Setem allows us to extend the development and deployment of algorithms capable of driving the rapid adoption of voice user interfaces," said Mark Lippett, president and CEO, XMOS.

Commenting Jochen Meissner, Setem CEO, who will become General Manager of the XMOS Boston office and join the XMOS Board of Directors, said: “We have been working with XMOS for over 18 months, and have concluded that the xCORE architecture is the perfect match for our patented algorithms.”

One of the key challenges for voice interfaces is the requirement to focus on a single conversation in a noisy environment, often called the ‘Cocktail Party’ Problem. The combination of Setem’s sound separation technologies with XMOS’ flexible multicore processors promises to deliver solutions that could solve this problem, and make it faster and easier for OEMs to deliver voice-enabled products to market.

Neil Tyler

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