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SPIRIT Audio Engine licensed by Thomson to ensure the best quality sound for the innovative DECT phone

MOSCOW, Russia – March 27, 2009 – SPIRIT DSP, the world’s leading provider of carrier-grade audio and video communication software engines, announced today that Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE:TMS), a worldwide leader of services to content creators, has licensed and integrated SPIRIT audio engine into its innovative Symbio™ DECT phone.

Thomson’s highly innovative Symbio™ handset is based on the ARM9E platform and combines 2 key functionalities in one device: a wireless phone and an integrated Internet radio service allowing direct access to Internet radio stations worldwide and features personalized music services. Appearance of new special connected devices on the market opens the way for carriers to multiply service offerings by combining rich Internet experience with traditional phone capabilities. Telecommunication operators are choosing now confidently Symbio™ as the ultimate connected device for providing subscribers with wide Internet connectivity and services on the non-PC terminal.

SPIRIT’s audio engine, embedded into the Symbio™, is popular, easy-to-integrate high-quality comprehensive player/recorder software for both mobile/portable audio and professional appliances. SPIRIT engine is resource-efficient and delivers high-quality audio that supports all popular audio formats along with audio performance functions such as a parametric equalizer, loudness control and channel mixing.

“Thomson was looking for a mature and flexible audio solution that could provide the highest quality audio processing at a reasonable cost. SPIRIT delivered all this and provided very good audio quality and simple one-touch integration to the hardware design of our, high-tech, wireless multimedia device. The SPIRIT solution also allowed us to meet our development project schedule and greatly reduce the time-to-market for this innovative product,” said Pascal Portelli, Vice President Broadband and Connected Devices at Thomson.

Successfully deployed by a number of world leading companies including ARM, Tensilica, Atmel, Sigmatel, Samsung, Creative, Agere, Toshiba and others, SPIRIT audio engine integrates sound processing software with audio and voice codecs, and post processing utilities. SPIRIT audio engine allows OEMs and semiconductor vendors to seamlessly add high-end audio content recording functionality while using significantly less system resources.

“With SPIRIT field-proven audio processing solution that is already used in numerous devices worldwide we deliver highest sound quality for a great range of “smart” terminals and connected devices like Thomson’s Symbio or iRiver Wave and Wave Home which complement and amplify network-specific QoS for highest quality, profitable, carrier-grade IP-based services” said Alex Kravchenko, VP Sales at SPIRIT.


SPIRIT DSP (www.spiritDSP.com) is the world’s leading provider of carrier-grade voice & video software engines since 1996. SPIRIT communication software is used in over 80 countries and powers more than 100 million voice channels. SPIRIT counts among its direct customers Adobe, ARM, AT&T, Blizzard, BT, China Mobile, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Huawei, Korea Telecom, Kyocera, LG, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Polycom, Radvision, Samsung, Siemens, Skype, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, ZTE, and 200+ other telcos, OEMs and software vendors. SPIRIT smart-phone OEM customers’ shipments jointly exceed 60% share of the global market.

26 March 2009