PRELIMINARY STUDY OF A HIGH QUALITY SPEECH SYNTHESIZER CHIP

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$30,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14148
Agency Tracking Number:
14148
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2375 Zanker Rd Suite 205, San Jose, CA, 95131
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Wallace H Li
President
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
AICOM PLANS TO DEVELOP A LOW COST, HIGH QUALITY SPEECH SYNTHESIZER CHIP WHICH MAY BE USED IN THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED MARKET, IN THE EDUCATION MARKET, AND IN THE COMMERCIAL MARKET. IN THIS PHASE, WE PLAN TO STUDY THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CHIP, THE COMPLEXITY OF THE CIRCUIT, THE POSSIBLE DIE SIZE, THE POWER CONSUMPTION, AND THE TOTAL COST OF PRODUCING THE CHIP. IN ADDITION, WE PLAN ON RUNNING A COMPUTER SIMULATIONFOR THE ARCHITICTURE OF THE CHIP. PHASE I: WE WILL DEFINE THE ARCHITECTURE, TOTAL COST, AND FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING THE CHIP. THIS WILL PROVIDE A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR PHASE II. PHASE II: THIS PHASE WILL RESULT IN THE ACTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHIP. BESIDES QUALITY, THE KEY GOAL WE ARE AIMING FOR FROM THIS CHIP IS LOW BIT RATE. THE BIT RATE OF A SPEECH SYNTHESIZER DEFINES THE AMOUNT OF MEMORY IT REQUIRES TO SPEAK ONE SECONCOF SPEECH. THUS, THE LOWER THE BIT RATE, THE LOWER THE MEMORY REQUIREMENT, AND THE LOWER THE MEMORY REQUIREMENT, THE LESS EXPENSIVE THE END PRODUCT, INTO WHICH THIS CHIP WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, WILL BE. CURRENTLY, THERE IS NO LOW COST, HIGH QUALITY, LOW BIT RATE SYNTHESIZER AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET. WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS NEW CHIP, WE CAN PENETRATE ALMOST ANY MARKET REQUIRING SYNTHESIZED SPEECH.

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