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Kurt Busch, co-founder, CEO Syntiant

First came the keyboard, then the mouse, then the touch screen. Voice appears to be the next medium through which users will interact with their computers and devices.

An AI-powered semiconductor company is capitalizing on the voice trend and is injecting OC with its own version of silicon, decades after the Menlo Park area became known as Silicon Valley.

Syntiant has introduced a micro neural decision processor for “always-on” voice and sensor applications at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Its architecture is built to run deep learning algorithms. (See related story about the company here).

In a press release, Syntiant claimed that its devices can achieve approximately 100 times the efficiency over stored program architectures, like CPUs and DSPs.

Its micro processors are now being integrated into wearables, hearables, mobile phones, smart speakers and remote controls, as well as home automation devices.

“We estimate the market for edge AI silicon, such as what Syntiant provides, could be greater than $60 billion by 2030,” Pierre Ferragu, a tech infrastructure analyst at New Street Research, said in the release. “This is ubiquitous AI at the edge becoming a reality.”

How It Works

The processors enable a speech interface within the smallest systems to supplement or replace tactile interfaces, such as buttons, switches, dials and touch screens.

Syntiant built its processors to add an “always-on” voice interface to almost any battery-powered device, from as small as a hearing aid to as large as a laptop or smart speaker.

Its processors support dozens of audio classifications, like keyword spotting; wake word detection; speaker identification; audio event and environment classification; and sensor analytics.

Syntiant’s processors can also serve as an “always-on” gatekeeper, providing classification of events, and thereby allowing larger systems to remain dormant, until absolutely needed.

Syntiant’s tech does not require a cloud connection, which the company touts as increasing security and ensuring privacy.

Syntiant recently “graduated” from the Irvine location of the EvoNexus incubator into its own office space in Irvine. It was founded in 2017.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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