Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Fifth Generation Architecture Enables Far Field, Barge-In and Voice Compass Capabilities

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Audience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADNC), the leader in Advanced Voice and pioneer in Multisensory processing and natural user experience technology for consumer devices, today announced its new eS800 series of Advanced Voice processors for consumer devices requiring sophisticated far field and "barge-in" capabilities. The eS800 series is the first product line with Audience's fifth generation Advanced Voice capabilities and a new Smart Audio Codec implementation.

"Audience is seeing demand for new Advanced Voice capabilities which enable the ability to use voice-as-an-interface at greater distances, along with uninterrupted media playback and directional voice recognition," said Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer, Audience. "Today's technically savvy consumers are looking for more sophisticated voice interface capabilities that deliver a great user experience. The eS800 series makes these features available for a wide range of consumer devices."

Audience eS800 Series - Advanced Voice Features
The eS804 is a stand-alone Advanced Voice processor while the eS854 incorporates Audience's latest Smart Audio Codec. Both products in the eS800 series are designed to support devices that demand far field capabilities, where voice interface needs to work at distances up to five meters. A new "barge-in" capability allows voice recognition to work during media playback without interruption, as well as Voice Compass, a new feature that recognizes the position of the speaker relative to the device to improve speakerphone usage.

The eS800 series also features improvements to VoiceQ with improved accuracy for user trained keywords resulting in less false wake-ups. Several voice quality improvements for handset usage have also been made, including: new noise suppression algorithms based on machine learning techniques, SNRI improvements of more than 6dB enabling clear calls in challenging environments, and improved positional robustness for natural and smoother sounding voice quality when holding the device in almost any position.

Audience eS800 Series - Smart Audio Codec Features
The eS854 incorporates all the Advanced Voice features of the eS804, and also includes Audience's new Smart Audio Codec which is a full-featured sub-system consisting of multiple ADCs and DACs to satisfy a broad range of industry configuration options. This best-in-class codec product integrates both analog and digital microphone capture, as well as headphone, earpiece and Stereo Class-D amplifiers, resulting in a fully integrated single-chip audio hub solution.

The eS854 features industry leading signal-to-noise ratio for the purest audio delivery in smartphones. In addition to high fidelity playback and capture -- up to 192 kHz -- the Smart Audio Codec provides advanced accessory detection and multi-button capability for universal headset support. Audience Smart Audio Codecs also include intelligent power control for longer battery life during audio playback.

Product Availability
The eS804 and eS854 processors are expected to sample to key phone manufacturers in the first quarter of 2015. For more information on Audience® processors and smart codecs, please go here.

About Audience
Audience, the leader in Advanced Voice, is pioneering Multisensory processing and natural user experiences for consumer devices. Its technologies, based on auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience and enhance speech-based services as well as audio quality for multimedia. In early 2014, the company announced its expansion into Multisensory and motion processing. Through the combination of Advanced Voice and Multisensory processing, Audience aims to transform the way consumers engage with devices by enabling seamless natural user experiences and context-aware services. The company's products have been shipped in more than 450 million devices worldwide. For more information, see

For more information, contact:
Diane Vanasse
Audience, Inc.
[email protected]


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