Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch

Irvine-based Syntiant Corp., the maker of voice-activated chips for battery-powered devices, said it has shipped more than 10 million of its NDP100 and NDP101 processors to customers across the globe.

Syntiant’s low-power chips respond to voice and speech, and can wake up a device like an Amazon Alexa or have a device perform a specific function.

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“We look forward to accelerating our production ramp in 2021 as consumers across the world increasingly rely on deep learning to bridge the gap between people and technology,” Chief Executive Kurt Busch said in a statement today.

Syntiant recently added a second-generation artificial intelligence processor, the NDP120, to its lineup for audio and sensor applications in battery-powered devices, as the closely watched firm, backed by heavyweight tech investors, aims for a “significant amount” of revenue this year.

The chips are used to control smartphones, earbuds, smart speakers, laptops, AR glasses, wearables, TV remote controls and dozens of other smart products—an industry expected to boom with new Internet of Things applications.