SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced its AudioSmart ® far-field voice DSPs have been selected by HARMAN International for the Harman/Kardon Allure (4-mic) and Allure Portable (2-mic) voice-activated smart speaker family. The Allure devices feature Amazon's intelligent Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and utilize Synaptics' highly-responsive AudioSmart solution to activate Alexa - even while playing premium 360-degree high-fidelity music and/or when users are several meters away from the device. The Synaptics ® AudioSmart ® solution separates speech signals from background noises, such as sounds from a television, and processes only the human speech for exceptional recognition accuracy. AudioSmart delivers a best-in-class end-user experience for all major Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) services like Alexa. This voice barge-in technology is enabled by full duplex acoustic echo cancellation that detects the wake-word and allows the device to hear user requests even when music is playing. AudioSmart is also enhanced with Smart Source Locator ™ technology that identifies the direction of the incoming voice. Synaptics' far-field voice DSPs are very low-power - essential to the battery-powered Allure Portable - enabling portable devices to stay on and "always listening" for user commands, even during music playback. "The Allure is a testament to premium voice and audio technology with its unmatched microphone responsiveness coupled with legendary Harman/Kardon sound quality," said Saleel Awsare, vice president and general manager, Audio and Imaging Business at Synaptics. "Voice as a human interface is rapidly expanding in consumer electronics and smart homes due to the broad global expansion of ASR services, and since AudioSmart is platform agnostic, Synaptics is well-poised to support HARMAN on future projects." Synaptics' AudioSmart product portfolio was developed to revolutionize how electronics manufacturers design voice-enabled consumer and enterprise products, allowing them a cost effective and fast time-to-market advantage. Our extensive systems expertise enables system designers to bring new applications to market that boast exceptional voice interface performance and far-field capabilities, as well as excellent audio playback quality.