TWELP vocoders, TWELP 300 bps, TWELP 480 bps, TWELP 600 bps, TWELP 1200 bps, TWELP 2400 bps, TWELP Robust 3600 bps

November 24, 2011 - DSP Innovations Inc. (DSPINI) announces proprietary 2400 bps vocoder, based on the newest speech coding technology TWELP™, for DMR/dPMR and other markets.

TWELP™ technology features. The vocoder is based on newest technology of speech coding called "Tri-Wave Excited Linear Prediction"™ (TWELP) that was developed by experts of DSPINI. The technology provides the best speech quality among competitors today. Please visit: http://twelp.pro for details.

Superiority in speech quality. Here is the comparison with AMBE+2 vocoder. TWELP 2400 bps vocoder and AMBE-3000 HDK (Rate#33: AMBE+2 2450 bps vocoder) were tested, using ITU-T P.50 speech base for 20 different languages. ITU-T P.862 utility was used for estimation of the speech quality in PESQ terms:

TWELP vs AMBE2 vs MELPe
TWELP vs AMBE2 vs MELPe diagram

A diagram demonstrates significant superiority of TWELP over AMBE+2 and MELPe in speech quality.

A few independent experts tested by listening TWELP vocoder in comparison with AMBE+2 and MELPe 2400, using method of preferences. Majority of experts preferred AMBE+2 to MELPe and significant majority of the experts preferred TWELP to AMBE+2 and MELPe, having noted much more natural human-sounding of voice in the TWELP vocoder.

Superiority in quality of the non-speech signals. In contrast to other LBR vocoders (MELPe, AMBE+2, etc.), TWELP vocoders provide high quality of non-speech signals, including police, ambulance, fire sirens, etc. This feature in conjunction with high quality natural human-sounding of voice makes TWELP vocoders well suitable for replacement of analog radio by digital radio and also for other applications where high quality transmitting of non-speech signals is relevant along with high quality transmitting of speech signals.

High robustness to acoustic noise. In contrast to other LBR vocoders, TWELP vocoders are well robust to acoustic noise thanks to robust reliable method of pitch estimation and other features of TWELP technology.

High Robustness to the channel errors. "Robust" versions of the TWELP vocoders include FEC that are integrated with vocoder on base of "joint source-channel coding" approach that provides high speech quality simultaneously in noisy channel as well as in noiseless channel. FEC can operate with "soft decisions" as well as with "hard decisions" from a modem. Mode of "soft decisions" provides much better robustness in comparison with mode of "hard decisions".

Additional functionalities. The following additional functionalities are developed by DSPINI and integrated into TWELP vocoders:

Technical characteristics and resource requirements:

Technical characteristics
Bit Rate
(bps)
Algorithm Frame size
(ms)
Algorithmic delay (including farme size)
(ms)
Sampling rate
(kHz)
Signal format Bit stream format
2400 TWELP 20 40 8 Linear
16-bit
PCM
48
Additional functionalities
Name Functionality Technical characteristics
Name Value
AGC Automatic Gain Control Control range: 0 ... +20 dB
NCSE Noise Canceller -
Speech Enhancer
SNR increasing > 6 dB
Speech quality improvement > 0.1 PESQ
Tone
Detector
Single/Dual tones detection In accordance with international standards
Tone
Generator
Single/Dual tones generation Special generator, kept continuity of signal (phase and amplitude of signal of previous frame)
VAD Voice Activity Detection Reliable detection speech in background noise
CNG Comfort Noise Generation Type of noise "white"
Level - 60 dB
Resources for ARM Cortex-M4 platform
Module MIPS*
peak
Memory (KBytes)
Program Data
Constants Channel Heap Stack
Voice Encoder 46.8 33 32 4.5 4.8 2.1
NCSE 5.7
AGC 0.2
Voice Decoder 14.0
Voice Encoder + Voice Decoder 60.8
Total 66.7

* MIPS is measured on STM32F4DISCOVERY board by usage of cycle counter register DWT_CYCCNT.

* Program and tables are placed in Flash memory.

* State, heap and stack are placed in RAM memory.

Note that floating point unit (FPU) is not used.

Resources for TI's C64 DSP platform
Module MIPS*
peak
Memory (KBytes)
Program Data
Constants Channel Heap Stack
Voice Encoder 18 89 37 4.5 4.8 2.1
NCSE 3.7
AGC 0.1
Voice Decoder 4.4
Voice Encoder + Voice Decoder 22.4
Total 26.2
Resources (estimated) for TI's C55 DSP platform
Module MIPS*
peak
Memory (KBytes)
Program Data
Constants Channel Heap Stack
Voice Encoder 32 20 37 11.8 6.0 2.1
NCSE 6.9
AGC 0.2
Voice Decoder 10.0
Voice Encoder + Voice Decoder 42
Total 49.1

* DSPINI continues optimization of the TWELP algorithm and code in order to minimize computational complexity of the vocoder.

Guarantee and support. DSPINI guarantees a quality and accordance of all technical characteristics of the product to requirement of current specifications. Testing and other method of quality control are used for guarantee support.

Any platform. DSPINI can port this vocoder software into any other DSP, RISC or general- purposes platform inshort time: 2-3 months.

Licensing terms. To use the vocoder, customer should obtain a license from DSPINI only.

Low price is another advantage of this vocoder. Please contact us to check it out.

Prospects. DSPINI are developing a set of new vocoders with range from 600 bps up to 9600 bps, based on TWELP technology. Please visit the http://twelp.pro web-site to get more information.

Related software. This vocoder may be effectively used in a bundle with other DSPINI's products:

More DSPINI's products on http://www.dspini.com

Please contact to evaluate and purchase:

DSP INNOVATIONS INC.
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Web: http://www.dspini.com
Tel/Fax: +44 20 8133 00 44

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