11/7/2003 - Fonix® Corporation (OTC BB: FNIX), a global provider of easy-to-use speech solutions for devices and systems, announces its speech interfaces have been implemented and are shipping on Renesas Technology's Biscayne development platform for vehicle telematics systems.
The Biscayne platform with speech interfaces is available for tier-one automotive suppliers and automotive manufacturers through the Renesas Community Enabling Telematics (COMET(tm)) partnership program. Fonix has received licensing and NRE fees for collaborative work to date and expects future unit royalty fees as vehicle manufacturers incorporate the solution into 2004-2005 production models.
Since October 2002, Fonix has been one of eight founding partners in the Renesas COMET(tm) partnership program, originally established by Hitachi Semiconductor America Inc., which is now part of Renesas Technology. This cooperative association was designed to promote vehicle telematics and multimedia systems based on the SuperH® (SH-4 series) RISC processors and semiconductor chipsets.
"The COMET program speeds up the time-to-market rate for tier-one suppliers and automotive manufacturers by providing one of the most innovative new technologies for the vehicle telematics industry," says Tatsuo Yamamoto, vice president of the system solution business unit at Renesas Technology America, a U.S. subsidiary of the semiconductor joint venture of Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. "Renesas Technology provides cutting-edge technologies to our partners and OEMs, and we offer Fonix speech on our standard development platform."
Fonix is working with Japanese and other auto manufacturers who are utilizing the SH-4 processor, which features Fonix speech interfaces for voice interaction inside the vehicle. As we introduce this platform to automotive manufacturers, the added safety and convenience of these sophisticated telematics systems will open new markets in the automotive industry, while improving the driving experience for consumers.
"Fonix is pleased to be one of the founding members of the Renesas COMET program," says D. Lynn Shepherd, vice president, Fonix Product Development. "Fonix is expanding our offerings on the SH-4 chips to include a set of standard components that can be easily integrated by OEMs. These components, which include navigation, multimedia, mobile phone and in-vehicle environment control speech interfaces, will greatly reduce time-to-market for the automotive manufacturers."
Fonix Corporation (OTC BB: FNIX) provides speech interface solutions for mobile / wireless devices, computer telephony systems, the assistive market, automobiles and everyday consumer devices. Manufacturers and developers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers with an easy, convenient, reliable user experience. Visit www.fonix.com for an introduction to Fonix's complete suite of speech solutions, or contact a Fonix representative at (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales."
COMET is a trademark of Renesas Technology America, Inc. SuperH is a registered US trademark of Renesas Technology Corp.
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