Sensor fusion: radar and MEMS microphones with audio processorfor unmatched voice-recognition

Munich, Germany – February 28, 2017 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY)and XMOSLtd. partner to deliver a newbuilding block for voice recognition.It features a combination of radar and silicon microphone sensorsfrom Infineon and audio processor from XMOS. The devices provide far field voice capture by audio beamforming combined with radar target presence detection. Together,they guarantee for optimal sound recognition and flawless execution for digital voice assistance across a broad range of voice-controlled devices. Target applications are especially smart home as well as smart TV and set top box, secure keyless entry systems,and other voice-operated consumer devices.

The sensor fusion of Infineon’s radar and MEMS microphone with audio processors from XMOS provides a new building block for voice recognition
The sensor fusion of Infineon’s radar and MEMS microphone with audio processors from XMOS provides a new building block for voice recognition

The performance of current MEMS microphonelimits the effectiveness of systems: when multiple persons are speaking, the veracity and location of the voice source cannot be precisely identified and separated from inanimate object noise. Infineon’s60GHz 2Tx/4Rx radar IC with accompanying antenna and the 70dB SNR microphone helps to overcome these impediments. The microphonesare based on the dual backplate MEMS technology from Infineon andare well suited for far field voice capturing and beamforming. In addition, improving the SNR of the microphone will further enhance the performance.

The XMOS audio processor analyses the signal data from an array of Infineon’s digital microphones, adjustingthe angular and distance data from each microphone to produce a beam at an angle identified by the radar data.A lit LED indicates presence detection and where sound is taken from.

The combination of an Infineon radar and the XMOS beamformer allows the microphone to target a specific object precisely, even with the objectmoving and indistinctive noise. The microphone delivers a superior user experience compared to existing voice-controlledsystems, with clear understanding of commands and flawless execution that prevents unwanted activations of devices.

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