San Jose, Calif.-based micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor provider InvenSense Inc. (INVN) announced today what it calls world’s first 74 dB signal-to-noise MEMS microphone for far-field audio applications such as teleconference systems, voice controlled home and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The news comes in conjunction with announcements regarding developments in other growth markets such as drones and wearable technology, reflecting the chipmaker’s larger initiative to expand outside of its core smartphone market. (See also: How InvenSense Inc. Performed in 2016.)

Tiny Microphones

InvenSense’s indicates that its new ICS-40730 microphone will meet a growing demand from applications that require reliable far-field voice-capture capability, such as speech recognition, keyword detection, voice command and high-quality voice communications. The tech firm says the new system meets requirements by providing very-low-noise audio capture to beam forming and audio processing algorithms, improving the performance of the overall system.

“The ICS-40730 is the highest [signal-to-noise] MEMS microphone in the industry and has been developed to meet the growing demands of high performance audio in markets such as home automation and the Internet of Things,” said Eitan Medina, vice president marketing and product management at InvenSense. “We continue to focus on the development of high performance innovative products that improve end user experience and empower new and exciting use cases.”

InvenSense saw its stock surge more than 77% in late 2016 after news that it would be acquired by Japan’s TDK Corp in a deal worth $1.3 billion. As the firm integrates with its new parent company, we can expect it to continue expanding into emerging markets such as wearable tech, smart homes, drones, augmented and virtual reality, the IoT and so on. (See also: Japan’s TDK to Acquire InvenSense for $1.3 Billion.)


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