Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO has integrated Synaptics’ AudioSmart voice DSP solution into its Docomo Simple Mic, a wireless speaker system designed to connect smartphones and tablets to DOCOMO’s voice agent system, allowing users to interact with those devices via voice command.
Synaptics AudioSmart technology is designed to facilitate far-field voice interaction, and together with the Docomo Simple Mic’s Bluetooth connectivity, the solution allows this to happen with minimal demand on power resources. Commenting in a statement announcing the integration, Synaptics Audio and Imaging Business head Saleel Awsare said, “Synaptics sees Bluetooth as a great opportunity as we estimate there are over 300 million units of Bluetooth speakers shipping globally today,” adding, “We are very pleased to have supported DOCOMO to be the leader and first-to-market adding far-field voice to the Simple Mic.”
The integration’s announcement comes just a few months after the news that Synaptics’ AudioSmart DSPs had been integrated into new smart speakers from Harman Kardon, and that Synaptics had teamed up with Microsoft to bring AudioSmart technology to devices featuring the tech giant’s Cortana AI assistant. In other words, the chorus supporting Synaptics’ audio processing technology is getting louder, with some high-profile new members.