The on-line demo is based on Winbond's TTS processor technology. It utilizes the same algorithm, code space and voice module as Winbond's TTS single-chip solution, thereby generating speech output that approximates the original sound generated by the WTS701 TTS processor. It allows any one with a computer, soundcard and speakers or headphones to type in any English words or phrases and to hear them converted to speech. Users should also have a .WAV file player installed on their system to enable playback of the .WAV file generated by the demo.
"The goal of the on-line demo is to allow anyone, anywhere, to experience the viability and flexibility of this fast growing technology," said Peter Himes, vice president marketing, Winbond America. "TTS technology is now proliferating throughout a number of applications, enabling designers the luxury of adding this feature to a wide variety of consumer and electronic applications."
Winbond's WTS701 is the industry's first single chip processor that converts Text-To-Speech (TTS). The WTS701 creates a more natural human sounding speech by converting text to speech using recorded human speech samples. This ensures that the output is a recognizable human voice, unlike computer-generated synthesis solutions. The chip uses a concatenation algorithm combined with Winbond's proprietary Multi-Level Storage (MLS) technology. It contains two memory arrays; one for the acoustic library and one for the processor program, enabling application-specific customization for special characters such as SMS icons or chat emoticons. The chip is offered in female and male English and female Mandarin. All options are currently shipping in volume quantities.
Winbond Electronics Corporation America, based in San Jose, California, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Winbond Electronics Corporation, the largest branded IC Company in Taiwan and a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions worldwide. Winbond America designs, develops, markets and sells IC solutions to the global electronics marketplace. With a strong emphasis on mixed-signal solutions, Winbond America's primary mission is to serve the signal conditioning needs of computer, consumer and communications electronic manufacturers. Winbond Electronics Corporation has approximately 3,800 employees worldwide with design centers in Hsinchu, Taiwan; Shanghai, China; San Jose and Torrance, California; and Austin, Texas. The Company can be contacted via the web at http://winbond-usa.com for Winbond America, or through the corporate homepage at http://www.winbond.com.
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