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December 21, 2009

SVOX Adds Arabic, Continues to Expand TTS Language Portfolio

SVOX, a provider of embedded speech solutions, has announced availability of Arabic language across the range of SVOX (News - Alert) Automotive and SVOX Mobile speech output products.
According to company officials, the addition of this intelligible male voice brings the total number of languages in the SVOX TTS portfolio to 25 and the number of voices to 36, with availability for all major platforms and various footprints.
The modular architecture of SVOX speech output systems means that the new voice is offered across the whole range of TTS solutions based on unit selection technology, namely SVOX Automotive TTS and SVOX Mobile TTS, company officials said.
“Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world and an official language in 25 countries. As the region grows in prosperity, customers of SVOX are getting more and more interested in the language being accommodated on their automotive and mobile products,” said Martin Reber, CEO of SVOX, in a statement.
Reber said that SVOX is pleased to enable consumers in the region to communicate with their devices naturally, using their native language.
Back in July SVOX had announced the immediate availability of Brazilian Portuguese across the range of SVOX Automotive and SVOX Mobile speech output products.  Earlier in November SVOX had announced the immediate availability of v9.1 of its Speech Recognition technology.
According to company officials, the new release is a significant improvement over the previous version and contains, among others, the following enhancements: faster G2P calculation reduces the enrollment time for newly plugged-in music libraries or large phone books; new enhanced acoustical models for German and U.S. English allow for “best in class” recognition results and one-shot destination entry; support for word hypothesis graph enables more intelligent interpretation of recognition results, e.g. by the SVOX Dialog solution; and introduction of optimized algorithms results in shorter response times and lower CPU consumption.
The new release is available to SVOX automotive and mobile customers as a part of SVOX Automotive ASR and SVOX Mobile ASR solutions in various configurations.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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