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Fonix Speech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fonix Corporation (OTCBB:FNIX) specializing in embedded speech interfaces for mobile devices, handheld electronic products, video game systems and processors, announces Fonix DECtalk® text-to-speech (TTS) on a new electronic dictionary manufactured and sold by Seiko Instruments, Inc. (SII), a world-leading producer of consumer electronics. The new SII e-dictionary, model SR-E6000, will be available in Japan in April. Fonix receives unit royalties from the sale of each device.
"Seiko Instruments, Inc. looks forward to introducing our newest e-dictionary to the Japanese market," says Ichiro Tsuyoshi, Division Manager, Personal Instruments Division, Seiko Instruments, Inc. "The SR-E6000 model includes a text-to-speech feature using Fonix technology that clearly pronounces word definitions and teaches device users the proper pronunciation of words and phrases. The result is a useful educational device with robust technological features."
The SR-E6000 incorporates Fonix DECtalk, the industry leading TTS technology for embedded devices with limited memory capacity. SII's application is built upon the Epson S1C33 processor chip. Fonix and Epson partnered in 2003 to provide electronics manufacturers with a powerful processing solution optimized for the development of speech interface applications. Fonix TTS for e-dictionaries ‘speaks' word definitions and phrases in multiple languages with multiple voices.
"We are pleased to partner with Seiko Instruments, Inc. to meet the growing demands for e-dictionaries in Japan," says Walt Nawrocki, Senior VP and GM, Fonix Speech. "SII's handsome new handheld dictionary utilizes the best Fonix and Epson technologies for electronic devices."
The SII SR-E6000 will be available in Japan in April. For more information about SII's line of e-dictionary products, visit http://www.sii-dictionary.com.
For more information about Fonix speech solutions, visit http://www.fonix.com , or call 801-553-6600 and say "Sales."
About Fonix Corporation
Fonix Corporation (OTCBB:FNIX), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is an innovative speech recognition and text-to-speech technology company that provides value-added speech solutions through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fonix Speech, Inc., currently offering voice solutions for mobile/wireless devices; interactive video games, toys and appliances; computer telephony systems; the assistive market and automotive telematics. Fonix provides developers and manufacturers with cost-effective speech solutions to enhance devices and systems. Visit http://www.fonix.com for more information, or call (801) 553-6600 and say “Sales.”
About Seiko Instruments, Inc.
Seiko Instruments, Inc. (SII) was established in 1937 as a key watch manufacturing company for the Seiko Group. Based on its sophisticated micromechatronics and nanotechnology techniques developed through decades of experience in precision machinery manufacturing and low-power consumption technologies, the company provides micromechatronic products and services including watch and HDD components; semiconductors, FPD and electronic devices; network solutions systems; nanotechnology equipment; scientific instruments; and large-format inkjet printers. Visit http://www.sii.co.jp for more information.
Statements released by Fonix 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. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Risk factors include 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.
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