"Force Computers, a Solectron company (NYSE:SLR) and a leader in
embedded computing, today announced it will support the Linux
operating system on its DECtalk Text-To-Speech (TTS) speech
synthesis technology for StrongARM and Intel processor-based
wireless devices. By supporting DECtalk on StrongARM and Intel
architecture-based platforms running Linux, Force makes the robust
functionality of TTS technology available to an entirely new
category of portable computing and communications applications,
including personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptop computers,
wireless phones and car navigation systems."
"DECtalk TTS technology offers users natural-sounding, highly
intelligible speech, which transforms ordinary text into the
highest quality level of speech," said Dr. Corine Bickley, Force
senior speech technologist. "Linux support on DECtalk for StrongARM
and Intel processors will extend TTS deeper into the wireless
market for roaming Internet use, e-mail reading and other
hands-free, eyes-free text-to-speech applications. Currently,
DECtalk supports U.S. English, U.K. English, Latin American
Spanish, Castillian Spanish and German. Going forward, Force
intends to offer speech synthesis for additional European
languages, as well as Asian languages."
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