SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Sensory Inc. here today launched a new series of speech-synthesis chips that provide up to 37 minutes of sound for toys and consumer electronics systems. The new SC-6x series also supports up to nine hours of sound from external memory devices, said the company.
The new ICs are the first to result from Sensory's agreement to produce speech-synthesis chips originally developed by Texas Instruments Inc. Last June, the two companies announced that TI would exit the dedicated speech-synthesis chip market at the end of 2001 and transfer production of its MSP50C6xx series to Sensory (see June 14 story).
The new series moves Sensory's speech business into low-cost applications. The company said the SC-6x series is synergistic with its existing speech-synthesis chip portfolio, and the new family could benefit existing customers, such as Sony, JVC, Mattel, Hasbro, Uniden, Sega, and other suppliers of entertainment electronics systems and toys.
The new SC-6x family uses Sensory's CX and MX speech-compression techniques as well as a proprietary "midi-like" music-synthesis technology. The products are available with 16-to-64 pins of I/O and all priced at under $2 each in volume quantities.