Kirchheim, Germany: Dialog Semiconductor signed a licensing agreement to use NXP’s embedded digital audio signal processor (CoolFlux DSP) technology and accompanying firmware, including NXP Software’s LifeVibes Voice speech enhancement engine. Integration of the NXP DSP allows multiple audio decoding algorithms to be supported, including the facilitation of advanced speech processing algorithms.

LifeVibes’ NoiseVoid, HandsFree, and VoiceClarity voice-enhancement modules eliminate background noise and echo while improving speech quality in smartphones and portable media devices. Voice quality remains both natural and clear. Supporting multiple microphone setups, the software adapts instantly to changes in background noise, so that users can enjoy high-quality communications effortlessly, independent of their environment.

Says Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli, “Voice and music quality have become increasingly vital to the success of smartphones and portable convergent devices, and we will now be able to supply our existing and expanding customer base with an integrated solution, empowering them to achieve differentiation through superior audio and power management performance.”

Mark Hamersma, senior vice president of Business Development at NXP, says that “NXP’s experience in complex processor design and voice enhancement has enabled us to create a low-power DSP and high-performance software solution for portable devices, enhancing voice communications particularly in noisy environments.”

Dialog’s first products to integrate the NXP technology are in development and will be introduced later this year.