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Harman Embeds Far-Field Voice Control Technology

Harman collaborates with Conexant System to add voice technology solutions to its consumer electronics and automotive products.


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Harman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has announced it is collaborating with Conexant Systems to bring voice technology solutions to its range of automotive, consumer and enterprise products.

Conexant’s provides far-field voice input processing technologies and system expertise that will enable voice control for smart home, automotive, and enterprise applications, even in high ambient noise environments for Harman brands Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel.

“Voice is everywhere, we’re seeing it flourish in consumer electronics and appliances of all types, automobiles, robotics and even in work-place solutions,” says Saleel Awsare, president, Conexant. “By expanding our relationship with Harman to offer co-developed embedded far-field voice solutions, we’re able to offer an even greater selection of comprehensive premium audio and voice solutions to leading brands around the world, allowing them to produce innovative voice-enabled applications that offer accuracy and performance that is second-to-none.”

Enabling speech recognition and voice control from a distance requires overcoming substantial acoustic challenges related to echo cancellation, background noise, microphone positions, speaker placement and more.

Conexant’s engineers are experts in producing voice-as-an-interface solutions that do exactly that. The company’s two- and four-microphone voice processing solutions are designed to work well with any wake word and natural voice engine to deliver verbal commands from anywhere in the room, even in noisy, real-world environments.

The solution also enables voice barge-in capabilities, allowing users to interrupt their voice-enabled device when it’s playing sound. Through this collaboration, Conexant and Harman will help customers reduce engineering time and development costs related to creating high performance, noise robust voice-enabled devices.

Offered in various microphone configurations for a wide variety of device applications and design identities, the core component of Harman’s two- and four-microphone high-performance far-field voice solutions is Conexant’s AudioSmart voice input processors.

Conexant’s AudioSmart voice input processor system captures the user’s voice from anywhere in the room, separates the voice commands from music and voice prompts being played out of the device, even with background noise present, and provides a clean audio signal to the AI system for speech recognition processing. 

Dave Rogers, senior vice president, Consumer Audio at Harman added, “We expect the market for voice-controlled devices in the CE, Enterprise, and Robotics space to grow dramatically. Partnering with Conexant will enhance our foothold in this valuable market. We’re very excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will present to both parties.”




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