GENEVA and TIRAT CARMEL, Israel, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world's leading chip makers for automotive solutions, and Alango Technologies Ltd, a leading developer and licensor of front-end voice enhancement technologies, today announced a licensing agreement in which ST will integrate Alango's leading software technologies into ST's advanced Bluetooth chips for car infotainment applications, such as hands-free kits. Automotive analysts currently forecast that approximately 45% of new cars will be equipped with hands-free equipment by 2012.
Automotive OEMs increasingly require turn-key car infotainment platforms that integrate hardware, Bluetooth software and voice-quality-enhancement algorithms. The integration of Alango's Voice Communication Package (VCP) into ST's leading-edge automotive chips will enable ST to offer single-combo platforms, leading to benefits such as lower bill-of-materials costs and smaller supply chains for automotive customers. The Alango VCP includes acoustic echo cancellation, single- and dual-microphone noise reduction, automatic gain control and other valuable and sound-improving technologies.
The Alango VCP technologies are available for immediate integration into ST's automotive infotainment portfolio, including the STA2500D Bluetooth IC and the company's leading-edge Cartesio application processor for navigation applications.
"Alango has a proven package of best-in-class and highly efficient voice-enhancement technologies," said Fabio Marchio, General Manager, Automotive Infotainment Division, Automotive Product Group, STMicroelectronics. "These technologies will further enhance ST's automotive products and our customers will benefit from the combined 'one-stop-solution' and unified customer support."
"We are very pleased that STMicroelectronics has chosen our Voice Communication Package for its integrated products," commented Alexander Goldin, CEO of Alango Technologies. "We'll be happy to give our full support to ST and its customers to enable car infotainment products with sharply increased sound clarity."
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2009, the Company's net revenues were $8.51 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
About Alango Technologies
Alango Technologies Ltd. is a leading developer and licensor of front-end DSP technologies for voice communication and mobile audio. Alango world-wide customers include companies of different scale covering a wide product range. Alango technologies can be found in mobile phones, hands-free car kits, Bluetooth headsets, audio conferencing systems, intercoms, assistive listening devices, security and military applications. Further information on Alango can be found on www.alango.com.