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Philips VoCon Speech Recognizer to be ported on Alchemy’s MIPS32
Family of Products


AUSTIN, TX and AACHEN, Germany - September 11, 2001 – Alchemy Semiconductor, Inc., an Austin-based fabless semiconductor company, announced an agreement with Philips Speech Processing, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG), to port Philips’ VoConÒ, an advanced continuous-speech recognizer for embedded systems, to Alchemy’s family of microprocessors. Philips’ speech recognition software supports the full line of MIPS 32-bit (NASDAQ: MIPS) processor platforms. This integration will allow OEMs to integrate voice capabilities into products being developed with Alchemy’s family of processors.

Alchemy’s current family of products includes the 400 MHz, 1/2 watt Au1000 and the PCI enabled Au1500 that are compatible with the MIPS32 ISA. The initial port will target Microsoft® Windows® CE environment with other operating systems to follow.


The VoCon software package is a noise-robust, fast, and highly accurate continuous-speech recognition solution specifically designed for embedded devices such as the ones targeted by Alchemy in the Internet Device market. VoCon enables a variety of voice-controlled applications, including command and control, name and continuous-digit dialing, natural number dialing, address book management, and menu navigation. Features include speaker-independent and/or speaker-dependent recognition in isolated or continuous speech. In addition, VoCon offers advanced features such as whole-word or phoneme-based recognition, word spotting, and enhanced noise and acoustic signal cancellation. VoCon is available in several languages including US and UK English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, and more.

Alchemy CEO, Jim Moore, stated that the support of the Alchemy family of MIPS processors was a critical advancement in bringing sought-after speech recognition to a growing market.

“Of the numerous technology features available, the one lacking has been a robust speech interface,” said Moore. “Making Philips Speech Processing available to the highly desirable 32- bit MIPS-based processor platforms, and specifically the highly integrated Alchemy family of products, means our customers can design in speech recognition even faster for that critical time-to-market advantage.”

“It is essential that our speech solutions support a broad selection of microprocessors,” said Fadi Kaake, Director of Voice Control for Philips Speech Processing in the U.S. “Adding the popular MIPS32 architecture to our portfolio of supported platforms increases our opportunities for agreements such as the one with Alchemy Semiconductor. Alchemy’s Au1000 very high performance microprocessor enables our whole new class of speech recognition that will enhance functionality and expedite time-to-market.”

Availability will begin in Q4 2001 and the VoCon speech recognizer will be licensed directly from Philips Speech Processing.


About Alchemy Semiconductor

Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1999, Alchemy Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, yet very low power systems-on-a-chip (SOCs) for the Internet Edge Device market. These devices include both wireless hand-held enterprise PDAs and remote Internet access products, as well as Internet infrastructure products, such as routers and line cards. The company’s founding team includes world-renown embedded microprocessor architects, led by former DEC Alpha / StrongARM design team members, allowing for a combination of proven design execution and MIPS performance technology to achieve high performance, low power dissipation and system integration in its Internet Edge Processor.

Alchemy’s headquarters are at 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 222W, Austin, Texas 78757; or go to http://www.alchemysemi.com


About Philips Speech Processing – Voice Control

Philips Speech Processing, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics, is a pioneer and global leader in speech recognition, natural dialogue and language understanding technologies, with over 40 years experience in the development and marketing of speech products. Philips offers a broad portfolio of speech technology solutions for dictation software and hardware, server-based telephony and embedded speech recognition solutions. Embedded applications include voice-controlled and hands-free devices, telematics, infotainment and other embedded solutions for the automotive, mobile/cellular and consumer electronics industries.

Visit http://www.speech.philips.com/vc for additional information on embedded speech recognition.


For further information, please contact:


Alchemy Corporate Contact:

Cheryl Sekel
Alchemy Semiconductor, Inc
512-421-6286
cheryl.sekel@alchemysemi.com

Alchemy Media Contact:

Chip Dehnert
Wilson McHenry Company
415-227-1207
Cdehnert@WilsonMcHenry.com


Philips Speech Processing Contact

Deborah Dupree
Philips Speech Processing
972-726-1210
deborah.dupree@philips.com




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