Renesas and Cyberon Partner to Provide Embedded Voice User Interface Solutions for Renesas RA MCUs Supporting Over 40 Global Languages

TOKYO and TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Cyberon Corporation, a leading provider of embedded voice solutions, today announced that they have partnered to provide voice user interface (VUI) solutions to customers using Renesas’ entire RA MCU line. Renesas RA customers will now have free access to Cyberon’s continuous command-based VUI toolchain, allowing them to add voice recognition to a variety of endpoint applications in home appliances, building automation, industrial automation, portable devices and many more.

Speech recognition is growing rapidly around the world, driven by the explosion of IoT applications and the COVID-19 pandemic. Cyberon’s proven voice recognition technology has been adopted in millions of devices worldwide.

Renesas provides a voice reference hardware platform to enable rapid prototyping and development of voice interfaces. The new hardware platform enables local speech recognition without a network connection using Cyberon’s Dspotter solution. DSpotter’s phoneme-based modeling approach enables rapid customization of commands with only text input, eliminating the need for massive voice data collection and thus reducing cost and development time. DSpotter supports over 40 global languages, enabling customers to adopt voice technology on in-vehicle applications worldwide. This Voice User Interface (VUI) solution demonstrates how easy it is to control a system with a simple voice command interface without extensive coding experience or in-house expertise.

“Customers in multiple segments are looking for help quickly adding reliable voice commands to their products,” said Mohammed Dogar, Vice President of Global Business Development and Ecosystem in Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “Our partnership with Cyberon gives them access to proven voice technology across our entire line of RA microcontrollers, from entry-level to full-featured devices.”

“We are honored to collaborate with Renesas to simplify the development of integrated speech recognition functions,” said Alex Liou, Vice President of Cyberon’s Embedded Solutions BU. “Cyberon’s DSpotter algorithm meets various market requirements in terms of cost and performance. The combination of DSpotter and Renesas’ advanced MCU technology enables customers to develop high-performance, reliable and cost-effective products in a timely manner. ”

Key Features of Renesas Voice UI Reference Solution

  • Free access to the DSpotter toolchain

  • Voice Activity Detection (VAD) to reduce power consumption by more than 30%, allowing power-limited IoT endpoint applications to run in always-on mode

  • Voice audio playback (VAP) to enable voice typing and voice responses

  • Support for up to two digital microphones and two analog microphones

  • External QSPI flash allows storage of voice samples and library data

  • Multiple communication interfaces, including a Pmod (Type-2A/3A/6A), USB Type-C and Micro-B interface, and an integrated J-Link Segger debugger/programmer

Availablity

A recent blog on Renesas.Com provides great insight into voice UI design. More information about Renesas’ VUI solutions, including a link for qualified customers to request the new VUI solution kit and package, is available at www.renesas.com/voice-recognition.

About Cyberon Corporation

Cyberon Corporation, headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan, is a leading provider of voice solutions. Founded in 2000, Cyberon has a wealth of experience in the development of voice algorithms and applications. Its speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies have been widely adopted by IoT devices, home appliances, wearables, smart toys, automotive equipment and enterprise customers. Cyberon provides a full range of voice solutions for embedded MCUs/DSPs, operating system platforms and server-based services, and is committed to providing users with natural and convenient human-machine voice interfaces. Learn more at cyberon.com.tw. Follow us on Facebook and YouTube.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) is creating a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology makes our lives easier. One of the world’s leading microcontroller suppliers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These winning combinations are accelerating automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications to market, enabling billions of connected, smart devices to improve the way people work and live. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, TwitterYouTube and Instagram.

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