Touch controller chip maker Zinitix has begun development of an artificial intelligence (AI) system-on-a-chip (SoC) focused on voice recognition.
The company aims to produce and launch the chip within the next three years.
Zinitix will oversee the design of the semiconductor. Powervoice will develop the algorithm for the voice recognition feature and Korea Electronics Technology Institute will develop the neural engine for the AI.
Zinitix said development of the SoC began in April. A total of 47 researchers, including those from relevant departments of Soongsil University, is taking part in the project.
Zinitix has also received 4.2 billion won in government funding for the project.
When the chip is complete, it will be developed further into an embedded voice recognition module for smart home, AI speaker, home network pad and other Internet of Things devices.
The goal of the project is also to make these modules 50% smaller as well as cheaper than those in the market such as those offered by Texas Instrument, a major player in the field of voice recognition.
Zinitix currently relies on touch controller IC for around 90% of its sales. Samsung Electronics has used the company’s chips for its Galaxy Smartphone series. Zinitix is also increasing its supply to Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.
Powervoice specializes in voice recognition. Its technology has been used by AC made by Samsung and LG as well as stove made by Xiaomi. Hyundai Motor and Toyota also uses the firm’s technology for their audio video navigation systems.