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Philips Speech Processing as the technology-leading speech partner for worldwide B-to-B operations



AACHEN - Germany, November 26, 2001 ? Philips Speech Processing, a global trend-setter in speech recognition technology, reaffirmed its leading position for embedded solutions by introducing a new, customer-oriented software design scheme that will
accelerate the integration of speech into future products in the automotive and mobile communication markets.


"Our experience with numerous projects indicates that product life cycles in the mobile communications market are shrinking, while the complexity of features is constantly increasing. By the time a product enters the market, its replacement is already
lined up, so rapid development is crucial. Philips has reacted to this market development and offers tools to achieve the shortest time to market", states Wouter Van Roost, who took over responsibility of the Voice Control group this summer. "In today's
competitive marketplace, Philips ensures faster throughput by offering a speech engine pre-optimized for individual customization. Our global position in terms of technology-leading research activities, an international language resource center, and
highly-qualified and experienced staff make Philips Speech Processing the preferred partner for embedded speech recognition."



In view of today's reduced product life cycles, Philips decided to add "ready-to-port" reference designs to the existing VoCon product package, which considerably shortens the time for implementation.
VoCon RD32 - the first dedicated reference design -
offers a pre-optimized software library for 32bit fixed-point architectures. Designed for minimal power and memory consumption, the reference design is part of the Philips' five-step software development process (Research Design - Master Design -
Reference Design - Target Design - Application Design). It assures a high-quality standard of the VoCon speech engine for a wide range of platforms and software generations. The pre-optimized reference design economizes development times, so that each
project can start directly with the customization for the respective client and the target platform. Customers' products will benefit from a faster throughput and implementation, as well as significantly reduced porting times.



In today's competitive markets, Philips' Voice Control group has firmly established itself in the automotive and mobile communications markets, noted Van Roost, adding that a leading car supplier has introduced the first Philips speech-enabled in-vehicle
communication unit this autumn. Voice Control offers solutions for a number of automotive applications, including hands-free voice-dialing for mobile phones, which is considered crucial in the light of strict legislation banning the use of mobile phones
while driving. Within the mobile market, where future cellular phones will increasingly turn into mobile communication centers, navigation complexity and enhanced functionality such as Internet connectivity, messaging or even games will require a simple
and intuitive man-machine interface - ideally controlled by voice.



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 more than 40 years experience in the development and marketing of
speech products. Philips offers a broad portfolio of speech technology solutions including dictation software & hardware, server-based telephony and embedded speech recognition solutions. As a developer and provider of speech technologies in multiple
languages, Philips has the largest installed base of speech recognition and natural language understanding systems in Europe, and is a large and growing provider of speech technology in the Americas and other regions of the world.


Voice Control - the business division responsible for embedded speech recognition technology is combining the simplicity of speech with cutting-edge technology to create the most natural user/machine interface in the automotive systems, mobile devices
and consumer electronics markets. The complete portfolio of automatic speech recognition technologies can be easily integrated into a variety of products, including cell phones, PDAs, navigation systems, and virtually any household or consumer appliance,
meeting the requirement of each individual customer.

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


About Philips

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $34.9 billion (EUR 37.9 billion) in 2000. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers,
color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 192,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems.


Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at http://www.news.philips.com


For further information, please contact:

Media Contacts Philips Speech Processing - Voice Control:




America
Deborah Dupree
Philips Speech Processing, Dallas
Phone (+1) 972-726-1200
Fax (+1) 972-726-1267
deborah.dupree@philips.com



Europe, Worldwide
Silke Engels
Philips Speech Processing, Aachen
Phone (+49) 241 - 8871 - 381
Fax (+49) 241 - 8871 - 141
silke.engels@philips.com




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