The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) education pillar continues to explore the practical approach and development for smart audio product designs in multiple market segments. This AI and ML series of webinars intends to provide an introduction to the product development process, and explore the tools and technologies for designing and integrating AI & ML into products.
For this session, pillar chair Steven Willenborg, invited XMOS, a leading provider of audio and digital signal processing platforms powering numerous consumer and professional audio solutions, currently focused on embedded intelligence for edge-AI applications. With its xcore.ai processors, XMOS is powering the artificial intelligence of things (AIoT), bringing AI, DSP, control and I/O together in a single device.
The AIoT is in its nascent stages — but, according to Gartner, the market for it has huge potential, promising to be worth $3 trillion by 2025. This APEI webinar will explore the opportunities, examine potential applications, discuss the market and technical barriers, and introduce technical solutions that could be used to realize the vision of the AIoT within the audio space.
One of the most sought after application segments is audio and voice. In this presentation, Aneet Chopra, Vice President of Product Marketing and Business Development at XMOS, explores deeper on how voice is trending and what solutions on the edge would break the “intelligence on edge” barrier vs traditional approaches of cloud based solutions. The online session will showcase how XMOS is looking to provide voice solutions to address some of those challenges.
In 2005, a small team from the University of Bristol assembled to create a fast and flexible microcontroller launched a new series of processors with unprecedented I/O capability (available through software for the first time) alongside significant DSP and control processing – establishing XMOS as a name in the audio sector. The company’s xCore-Audio processors currently power many of the leading consumer audio, prosumer and professional audio applications. xCore-Audio processors are complemented by XMOS USB Audio Class and networked audio solutions, audio I/O libraries, and multicore processors.
In 2017, following the acquisition of Setem Technologies, a pioneer on voice separation algorithms, XMOS introduced VocalFusion voice processors that are able to deliver sophisticated voice digital signal processing including a full duplex acoustic echo canceller (AEC) with barge-in capability that enables users to interrupt or pause a device that’s playing music, and an adaptive beamformer that follows a speaker. Additional sophisticated processing provides crystal clear voice interaction experiences even in noisy environments, in a single device.
From a leading provider of audio and digital signal processing platforms, the company’s vision fully shifted towards AI, offering edge-AI solutions for low-cost embedded systems. Voice is the most significant AI application in the market, and in 2019, XMOS introduced the highest performing far-field 2-mic voice-interface for just under a dollar. The company’s processors put intelligence, connectivity and enhanced computation at the core of smart products. Rather than rely on the cloud, XMOS believes AIoT helps solve security, connectivity and scalability challenges.