Syntiant & Infineon Offer Always-on Ultra-Low-Power Voice User Interface Solution for Edge Devices

Provides Device Manufacturers Fast and Easy Integration of Local Voice Control

Free from Cloud Connectivity


Irvine, Calif., December 5, 2019 – Syntiant Corp., an AI chip company moving machine learning from the cloud to edge devices, today announced its partnership with Infineon Technologies, a world leader in semiconductor solutions, to service the rising demand for voice user interface (VUI) in electronic devices.


As a member of Infineon’s VUI partner network, Syntiant’s microwatt-power Neural Decision Processors™ (NDPs) combined with Infineon’s XENSIV™ MEMS microphones deliver crystal clear voice commands to edge applications with ultra-low power consumption free from cloud connectivity. The joint solution enables developers to easily create custom, always-on voice user interfaces, allowing exact voice pick-up from long-distance, with whispered speech or in noisy environments.


"Infineon´s best-in-class XENSIV™ MEMS microphones are redefining the acoustic, electric power consumption and robustness standards for voice user interfaces," said Dr. Roland Helm, Ph.D., head of product line sensors at Infineon Technologies. "Together with Syntiant we are facilitating clear voice commands at the edge that support audio and keyword classifications, on and off-line, in a variety of challenging, power-critical always-on and battery driven environments."


The Syntiant® NDP9101B0 development platform combines Infineon's high performance digital XENSIV™ IM69D120 MEMS microphone with the Syntiant® NDP101™ Neural Decision Processor™ to prototype applications such as keyword spotting, wake word processing and speaker identification that consume only 140µW. Other development capabilities include audio event and environment classification, and sensor analytics. More information on Syntiant’s partnership with Infineon can be found by watching a video here and visiting http://bit.ly/SyntiantVUIPartner.


"By pairing Infineon’s advanced microphone technology with our NDPs, we can deliver low latency, always-on voice applications that are extremely low power and highly responsive to varied noise and audio inputs," said Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. "Developers can use our NDP9101B0 Pi platform to quickly create their own custom voice-based user interface for local commands without cloud connection that will protect the privacy and security of end users."


Optimized for battery-powered devices from earbuds to mobile phones to smart speakers, Syntiant’s partnership with Infineon brings custom command detection to numerous product configurations. Providing 20x the throughput of the typical low-power MCU solution, the Syntiant NDP can support up to 63 local voice commands. Syntiant’s processor also comes with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service keyword model which enables a close-talk built-in Alexa experience. Infineon’s XENSIV™ IM69D120 MEMS microphone is designed for applications where low self-noise, wide dynamic range, low distortions and a high acoustic overload point are required.


The NDP9101B0 platform is implemented as a Raspberry Pi shield with easily configurable jumpers to connect a number of different microphones and sensors. Key features include:


  • NDP101B0

  • Serial Flash 500KB

  • Dual on board IM69D120 Infineon high dynamic range microphones

  • Pre-configured micro SD card

  • On board programmable Si5351A clock IC

  • 4 LED for IO display


About Syntiant

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Syntiant Corp. is moving artificial intelligence and machine learning from the cloud to edge devices. Syntiant’s advanced chip solutions merge deep learning with semiconductor design to produce ultra-low-power, high performance, deep neural network processors for always-on applications in battery-powered devices, ranging from hearing aids to smart speakers and mobile phones. Syntiant is backed by some of the world’s strongest strategic investors, including Intel Capital, Microsoft M12, Bosch Ventures and the Amazon Alexa Fund. More information can be found on www.syntiant.com or by following the company on Twitter @Syntiantcorp.


About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2019 fiscal year (ending 30 September), the Company reported sales of €8.0 billion with around 41,400 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY)



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