Fonix(R) Optimizes Automatic Speech Recognition Engine for the New Intel(R) XScale(TM) Microarchitecture

Fonix Embedded ASR Capabilities and Intel(R) Integrated Performance

Primitives (IPP) Provide Competitive Advantages for Wireless Mobile Markets



Feb 22, 2001, 00:00 ET from Fonix Corporation

    CANNES, France, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Fonix(R) Corporation
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   FONX) today announced at the 3GSM World Congress the
 development of an optimized port of their Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)
 Engine for the new Intel(R) XScale(TM) microarchitecture and the Intel(R)
 Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP).  This version will deliver
 top-quality speech recognition capabilities to mobile wireless devices
 including PDAs, smart phones, and automobiles.
     The integration of the Intel(R) IPP library into Fonix ASR has resulted in
 a more than 14% improvement in CPU utilization, thus allowing the addition of
 multiple technologies to the engine, such as more sophisticated neural
 networks, adaptive and active filtering, and echo cancellation.  These added
 features provide higher recognition accuracy.  Intel and Fonix recognize the
 continuing need for high-quality speech recognition software, such as Fonix
 ASR, in the mobile device market segment.  To help speed the development of
 new speech recognition capabilities, Intel and Fonix collaborated to identify
 new functionality that benefits speech recognition and will be incorporated
 into a future release of the Intel IPP library.
     "Innovative companies like Fonix demonstrate the commitment of the
 industry to the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) in
 the rapidly growing mobile media marketplace," said Mark Casey, Director of
 Marketing for Intel's Handheld Computing Division.  "We anticipate that the
 optimization of Fonix' ASR technology with the Intel XScale microarchitecture
 and the Intel IPP library will offer wireless device manufacturers compelling
 voice recognition capabilities."
     "Fonix ASR and the Intel XScale microarchitecture combine some of the
 strongest technologies to present quality speech recognition capabilities to
 the mobile industry," said John A. Oberteuffer, Ph.D., Fonix Chief Technology
 Officer.  "The integration of the Intel IPP library provides increased
 recognition accuracy in noisy environments without increasing CPU utilization.
 We expect this project will lead to the integration of multiple embedded
 devices and significant revenue for Fonix."
     Fonix ASR offers highly accurate speech recognition solutions for
 speaker-independent command-and-control and continuous voice recognition for
 applications, including name and number voice dialing, vehicle telematics, PDA
 functions (including contact management), and voice-directed web browsing.
 Fonix also offers high-quality text-to-speech solutions for embedded,
 wireless, and server applications.
     Intel PCA is an open architecture that allows easy integration and
 expansion of wireless systems, using a combination of the world's leading
 operating systems and global wireless standards.  The architecture consists of
 interchangeable hardware and software building blocks and allows wireless
 hardware and software solutions providers to offer a wide range of enhanced
 wireless offerings across standards, generations, and geographies, faster than
 today's phones can.
     The Intel XScale microarchitecture, introduced in August 2000, is the next
 generation of Intel(R) StrongARM* architecture.  Processors based on the new
 architecture will provide longer battery life and higher processing power to
 wireless devices.  The Intel IPP is a software library, consisting of highly
 optimized functions for the development of advanced multimedia applications.
 The library includes core functionality for complex signal processing, image
 manipulation, matrix math operations, and key building blocks for enhanced
 multimedia functions such as MP3, MPEG4, and H.263.
 
     About Fonix Corporation
     Fonix Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board:   FONX) is a leading provider of
 natural user interface technology and voice solutions for wireless and mobile
 devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics.  Leading chip
 manufacturers, independent software and hardware vendors, and Internet content
 and service providers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers
 with an easier and more convenient user experience.  Fonix products, including
 Text-To-Speech (TTS), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and Handwriting
 Recognition (HWR), can be implemented easily on multiple microprocessors and
 operating systems, and provide the most natural communication solutions
 available.  For more information visit www.fonix.com or call (801) 553-6600.
 
     Media Information, contact Whitney Seamons, (801) 553-6600,
 mediarel@fonix.com, or Investor Information, contact Michelle Aamodt,
 (801) 328-0161, invrel@fonix.com
 
     Note:  The statements released by Fonix Corporation that are not purely
 historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the "Safe Harbor"
 provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including
 statements regarding the Company's expectations, hopes, intentions, and
 strategies for the future.  Investors are cautioned that forward-looking
 statements involve risk and uncertainties that may affect the Company's
 business prospects and performance.  It is important to note that the
 Company's actual results could differ materially from those in such
 forward-looking statements.  Risk factors including general economic,
 competitive, governmental, and technological factors as discussed in the
 Company's filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.  The Company does
 not undertake any responsibility to update the forward-looking statements
 contained in this release.
 
 

SOURCE Fonix Corporation
    CANNES, France, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Fonix(R) Corporation
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   FONX) today announced at the 3GSM World Congress the
 development of an optimized port of their Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)
 Engine for the new Intel(R) XScale(TM) microarchitecture and the Intel(R)
 Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP).  This version will deliver
 top-quality speech recognition capabilities to mobile wireless devices
 including PDAs, smart phones, and automobiles.
     The integration of the Intel(R) IPP library into Fonix ASR has resulted in
 a more than 14% improvement in CPU utilization, thus allowing the addition of
 multiple technologies to the engine, such as more sophisticated neural
 networks, adaptive and active filtering, and echo cancellation.  These added
 features provide higher recognition accuracy.  Intel and Fonix recognize the
 continuing need for high-quality speech recognition software, such as Fonix
 ASR, in the mobile device market segment.  To help speed the development of
 new speech recognition capabilities, Intel and Fonix collaborated to identify
 new functionality that benefits speech recognition and will be incorporated
 into a future release of the Intel IPP library.
     "Innovative companies like Fonix demonstrate the commitment of the
 industry to the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) in
 the rapidly growing mobile media marketplace," said Mark Casey, Director of
 Marketing for Intel's Handheld Computing Division.  "We anticipate that the
 optimization of Fonix' ASR technology with the Intel XScale microarchitecture
 and the Intel IPP library will offer wireless device manufacturers compelling
 voice recognition capabilities."
     "Fonix ASR and the Intel XScale microarchitecture combine some of the
 strongest technologies to present quality speech recognition capabilities to
 the mobile industry," said John A. Oberteuffer, Ph.D., Fonix Chief Technology
 Officer.  "The integration of the Intel IPP library provides increased
 recognition accuracy in noisy environments without increasing CPU utilization.
 We expect this project will lead to the integration of multiple embedded
 devices and significant revenue for Fonix."
     Fonix ASR offers highly accurate speech recognition solutions for
 speaker-independent command-and-control and continuous voice recognition for
 applications, including name and number voice dialing, vehicle telematics, PDA
 functions (including contact management), and voice-directed web browsing.
 Fonix also offers high-quality text-to-speech solutions for embedded,
 wireless, and server applications.
     Intel PCA is an open architecture that allows easy integration and
 expansion of wireless systems, using a combination of the world's leading
 operating systems and global wireless standards.  The architecture consists of
 interchangeable hardware and software building blocks and allows wireless
 hardware and software solutions providers to offer a wide range of enhanced
 wireless offerings across standards, generations, and geographies, faster than
 today's phones can.
     The Intel XScale microarchitecture, introduced in August 2000, is the next
 generation of Intel(R) StrongARM* architecture.  Processors based on the new
 architecture will provide longer battery life and higher processing power to
 wireless devices.  The Intel IPP is a software library, consisting of highly
 optimized functions for the development of advanced multimedia applications.
 The library includes core functionality for complex signal processing, image
 manipulation, matrix math operations, and key building blocks for enhanced
 multimedia functions such as MP3, MPEG4, and H.263.
 
     About Fonix Corporation
     Fonix Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board:   FONX) is a leading provider of
 natural user interface technology and voice solutions for wireless and mobile
 devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics.  Leading chip
 manufacturers, independent software and hardware vendors, and Internet content
 and service providers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers
 with an easier and more convenient user experience.  Fonix products, including
 Text-To-Speech (TTS), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and Handwriting
 Recognition (HWR), can be implemented easily on multiple microprocessors and
 operating systems, and provide the most natural communication solutions
 available.  For more information visit www.fonix.com or call (801) 553-6600.
 
     Media Information, contact Whitney Seamons, (801) 553-6600,
 mediarel@fonix.com, or Investor Information, contact Michelle Aamodt,
 (801) 328-0161, invrel@fonix.com
 
     Note:  The statements released by Fonix Corporation that are not purely
 historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the "Safe Harbor"
 provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including
 statements regarding the Company's expectations, hopes, intentions, and
 strategies for the future.  Investors are cautioned that forward-looking
 statements involve risk and uncertainties that may affect the Company's
 business prospects and performance.  It is important to note that the
 Company's actual results could differ materially from those in such
 forward-looking statements.  Risk factors including general economic,
 competitive, governmental, and technological factors as discussed in the
 Company's filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.  The Company does
 not undertake any responsibility to update the forward-looking statements
 contained in this release.
 
 SOURCE  Fonix Corporation