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October 14, 1998

LAST SHOUT FOR NOISE CANCELLATION

By CBR Staff Writer

In a do or die bid to find delivery vehicles for its noise reduction and speech recognition algorithms Stamford, Connecticut-based Noise Cancellation Technologies Inc will launch itself into the nascent world of Java chips today. It’s pretty much a last gasp effort for a company that has not recorded a profitable year in the last five and has lost $15.5m on revenues of $3.3m in the first six months of this year. I’m going to enable talking microwaves and talking cars, exclaims president Michael Parella, who’s aggrieved the company has not been able to find volume market for its software. Think of us as an ASIC tool company now, Parella says. Noise Cancellation is best known for technology integrated into specialist headphones, which when used with personal tape or CD players dramatically improve the listening experience by blocking out background noise with other noises of its own. In addition, the company has voice recognition, compression, and encryption algorithms. The company plans to offer a Java chip design called TurboJ – which executes Java bytecode – plus a real-time operating system and its ClearSpeech technology, to Java licensees, including chipmakers and application developers. It sees its technologies being used in embedded systems, especially Java smart cards, web phones, and other speech-driven consumer devices. It’s even got a super Java chip design for workstations. It wouldn’t say where it acquired its real-time operating system but will reveal more details today. It got its Java hardware and compiler technology from the acquisition of Advancel Logic Corp earlier this month which was purchased on an earn-out basis for its 12 staff.

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