11/18/2003 - Fonix(R) Corporation (FNIX), a global provider of leading speech solutions and easy-to-use voice interfaces for devices and systems, announces the availability of our speech interface solution on an educational electronic dictionary manufactured and sold by TopGrade, a leading Chinese manufacturer of embedded devices. TopGrade's device, Kinbible V2100, features the recently announced Fonix/Epson speech solution and is currently on the market. Fonix receives unit royalties from the sale of each device sold, primarily in the Chinese electronic device market. Educational electronic dictionary devices are growing in popularity in China and are expected to exceed a market volume of over 500,000 units per quarter.
Through our partnership with Epson, Fonix has established a working relationship with TopGrade, located in Shenzhen, China, to implement Fonix speech interface solutions in products they manufacture and sell. As their first product offering in this partnership, TopGrade has implemented the Fonix/Epson speech solution in a palm-sized electronic dictionary for Chinese speakers. This valuable educational tool is based on the Fonix/Epson speech solution, which bundles the premier Fonix DECtalk text-to-speech on Epson's powerful processor chips. The Fonix/Epson solution is specifically designed for limited-memory devices.
"The Fonix/Epson speech solution on TopGrade's electronic dictionary provides a superior speech interface for users," says Samuel Pang, executive director at TopGrade. "The Fonix solution offers customers the most understandable, accurate voices and makes the Kinbible V2100 an excellent tool for Chinese speakers to learn English."
"The power of Epson chips gives manufacturers like TopGrade the opportunity to integrate voice interfaces on limited-memory devices," says Lynn Shepherd, vice president, Fonix Product Development. "This relationship between Fonix, Epson and TopGrade will expand market opportunities for other TopGrade products incorporating Fonix/Epson speech solutions."
Visit www.bible.com.cn for information about the Kinbible V2100 (in Chinese).
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 suite of speech solutions, or contact a representative at (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales."
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