5/17/2005 - Acoustic Technologies, a leading developer of high quality voice communication solutions, announced the extension of its software solution through a licensing agreement that integrates SoundClear® ATS5500 software into TomTom’s new GO 500 and GO 700 navigational systems. The SoundClear software enables full-duplex operation and improves voice quality, providing natural flowing communication and hands-free operation when connected wirelessly to a Bluetooth mobile phone. TomTom is the leading navigation solutions provider with its award-winning line of TomTom GO all-in-one navigation devices. The TomTom GO 500 and 700 include Bluetooth hands-free functionality for mobile communication as well as real-time traffic and weather information.
The TomTom GO 500/700 devices are equipped with Bluetooth voice communication capabilities that enable it to be used as a hands-free kit with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. By connecting to the mobile phone via Bluetooth wireless technology, the driver can safely and comfortably take and make calls while navigating between locations. The GO 500 and 700 will seamlessly connect to your mobile phone and users will enjoy the natural hands-free communication and easy user interface. The device is simple to move from car to car and works with any Bluetooth mobile phone eliminating the need for a costly phone-specific hands-free kit. Mobile users are demanding hands-free solutions with improved sound quality that also mask echoes and harsh noise in automotive environments.
"The hands-free functionality allows the user to tap the GO screen to accept or make a call and talk through the integrated speaker and microphone with professional sound quality, while the screen continues to show you where to go," said Mark Gretton, Development Director at TomTom. "Integrating SoundClear software enables our users to have natural conversation and simultaneous access to voice and navigational data with both hands on the steering wheel."
“As the navigational equipment marketplace continues to grow, it makes sense to combine functionality to enable hands-free Bluetooth mobile calls for a safe and high-quality automotive experience,” said Sam Thomasson, Acoustic Technologies CEO. “SoundClear software raises the bar for hands-free operation in today’s navigational devices by providing full-duplex speakerphone capabilities that enhance the overall user experience. Acoustic Technologies is proud to work with TomTom to integrate the highest quality voice technology into their award-winning navigational systems.”
With full-duplex control, SoundClear optimizes speech intelligibility in hands-free applications and adaptively monitors, detects, and processes incoming voice, echo, and noise signal power levels. This eliminates the misunderstanding that comes from syllable or word clipping. By providing a combination of echo cancellation, noise reduction, and sound enhancement along with sophisticated monitoring and control algorithms, SoundClear software maximizes listener experience while minimizing distortion. In addition, the software also adapts quickly to changing environments and enables natural communication flow - similar to a face-to-face conversation.
SoundClear software will be available on the TomTom GO 500 and GO 700 units with integrated Bluetooth hands-free functionality, which are expected to be available from major retailers in May 2005. The GO 500 and GO 700 navigation devices with SoundClear software are innovative and feature-packed, complete and easy to use, with performance and cutting edge features at a reasonable price point.
About Acoustic Technologies
Acoustic Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Acoustic Technologies creates high quality semiconductor and software solutions for leading telecom manufacturers worldwide. The SoundClear® brand of patented full-duplex communication and echo cancellation solutions is enabling significant advancements in telecommunications voice quality. SoundClear provides natural bi-directional communication in business speakerphones, mobile phones, VoIP telephones, hands-free car kits, Bluetooth accessories, and other speakerphone enabled products. For additional information, the company can be reached directly at (480) 507-4376, or via the Internet at www.acoustictech.com.
SoundClear is a registered trademark of Acoustic Technologies Inc.
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