A New Language is Born - SVOX Language Offerings Now Enhanced with Japanese Lingware

Zurich, (PresseBox) - SVOX AG, the leader for embedded speech output solutions has enhanced its language offerings with Japanese as of today, said SVOX CEO Volker Jantzen. "The addition of Japanese lingware is yet another milestone and results from technical cooperation with Asahi Kasei, one of the multilingual ASR vendors in Japan," he said. "The applied advanced unit selection method proves again SVOX's position as innovative driver of cutting-edge technology. Our company's extensive language portfolio now includes 18 languages and is extended by 4-6 languages every year."

Makoto Shozakai, General Manager, Speech Solutions at Asahi Kasei, said, "We are very pleased to help SVOX add the Japanese SVOX lingware package to their product lineup. Automotive T1 suppliers and car makers will now have the fantastic opportunity to improve their products with the premium SVOX Japanese unit selection TTS solution."

According to SVOX, Japan is one of the most advanced and thus most important markets for companies in the navigation industry, as more than 50% of all new cars are sold with integrated navigation systems. "Through the addition of Japanese lingware to the portfolio, SVOX yet again demonstrates its dedication to responsive service, which has been one of the guiding principles since the founding of the company in 2000," Mr. Jantzen said.

From day one, SVOX has put strong emphasis on the architectural aspects of its product designs, resulting in a unique modular and scalable architecture. As a result only the engine is ported to other platforms, while all languages, regardless of the language family, are completely platform independent. This means that the newly launched Japanese lingware runs with the same TTS engine software as all of SVOX's European languages. This unique architecture also enables SVOX to introduce new languages in less than nine months.

The SVOX language portfolio currently includes UK English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Czech, Russian, Polish, US English, North American Spanish, Canadian French, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Danish and Japanese. Cantonese and Norwegian will follow shortly.

SVOX AG

SVOX AG is the leading provider of embedded speech output solutions for the automotive and mobile device industries. The SVOX Text-to-Speech system, the company's signature product, is part of a full product suite of small, fast and multilingual applications that enable computers and other electronic devices to convert written text into natural-sounding and easily comprehensible speech. SVOX focus on embedded speech allows for specifically optimized solutions, and its software architecture provides customers with a speech engine that can be easily tailored to their technical requirements and market needs.

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