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NEC's Japanese-English/English-Japanese speech translation software

Posted: 27 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nec? speech translation software? multi-core processor? mp211? application processor?

NEC Corp. announced that it has developed a Japanese-English/English-Japanese, automatic speech translation software for single-chip multi-core processors for small devices such as mobile phones, capable of operating at high speeds with low power consumption.

According to the press release, NEC verified the high-speed automatic speech translation processing capability of this software on NEC Electronics' MP211 application processor for mobile phones, at an operating frequency of 200MHz, proving that operation of interpretation applications is technologically feasible on small devices like mobile phones.

With the advancement of an information society and increased freedom of movement across borders, said the company, the dynamic development of technology supporting automatic speech interpretation and translation to support communication between different languages is rapidly progressing.

Supporting a 50,000-word rich vocabulary, the new software realizes automatic speech-to-speech interpretation of travel conversation through the development of a new parallel speech recognition method for single-chip processors with several CPU cores, and a compact, lexical-rule-based, machine translation engine that unites dictionaries with grammar that is operable on small devices.

Additional features of the automatic speech translation software include an advanced wave-concatenative speech synthesis engine, which realizes high-performance reading through an advanced, wave-concatenative speech synthesis method based on a wide-range of speech data; and a total integration module that controls collaborative operation of the speech recognition engine, the machine translation engine and the speech synthesis engine, realizing automatic translation on a single processor for mobile phones.

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