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Spansion Announces Partnership With Nuance To Accelerate Voice Recognition Innovation For The Embedded Market

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE) today announced a partnership with Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) to accelerate voice recognition innovation for embedded technologies.  As leading innovators of semiconductor products and voice recognition respectively, Spansion and Nuance are working together on enhancing the responsiveness and quality of voice recognition for embedded solutions addressing the automotive, gaming and consumer electronics applications.

Voice capabilities are becoming a core part of the mobile user interface, with new features rapidly coming to market that require natural language understanding and multi-linguality.  These systems, notably those deployed within automobiles and consumer electronics, require high performance and reliable memory to return accurate results quickly. 

With these market demands in mind, Spansion is developing programmable system solutions that leverage its non-volatile memory technology that are designed to improve the speed and accuracy of reading data for systems that are memory, processing and MIPS intensive.  Spansion will be integrating Nuance's voice recognition technology as part of these systems, and initially deploying them in automotive environments where increased processing and memory are critical for in-car entertainment, connectivity, navigation and safety technologies. By integrating Nuance's voice capabilities, automotive manufacturers will be able to further minimize visual-manual distractions.  Additionally, Nuance and Spansion are working together to integrate their products to improve the quality and latency of speech search for accurate data. The companies have combined their latest technology capabilities on a demo platform, which is currently under evaluation by several automotive makers and suppliers.

"Voice technology must be thoughtfully integrated as part of the in-car system in totality – it can't be an afterthought.  With our voice technologies integrated as part of the Spansion chips, Nuance and Spansion are able to further drive a synergy between hardware and software solutions that will enable auto manufacturers to take full advantage of the speed and power needed for today's embedded automotive systems," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, Nuance Automotive.

Spansion will also integrate Nuance's voice technology as part of systems tailored for the gaming and consumer electronics market, giving OEMs the ability to bring to market faster voice recognition processing for both embedded command and control.

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