Voice Quality Enhancement flow chart diagram - How Voice Quality Enhancement removes echo, noise, and reverberation for a comfortable listening experience.
VQE removes echo, noise and reverberation from speech and adjusts speech levels for a comfortable listening experience

Voice Quality Enhancement (VQE) removes echo and noise to enhance speech in numerous voice and audio applications including:

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VOCAL’s software library is modular and optimized for DSPs and conventional processors from TI, ADI, ARM, Intel and other leading vendors. Our expertise in design, implementation and configuration of mobile, network and telephony solutions will help you bring your voice application to market quickly and efficiently. Contact us to discuss your voice application and platform requirements with our engineering staff.

Voice Quality Enhancement System

An integrated approach for voice quality enhancement is required in telecommunication systems where acoustic echo, background noise, reverberation or other causes significantly degrade the quality of the voice signal. The key to integrating a VQE solution is to put the echo cancellation, dereverberation, noise reduction, voice activity detection, beamforming and other algorithms together in such a way that maximizes speech enhancement for a particular application. The figure shows one possible configuration of VOCAL’s VQE system for enhancing the quality of the speech signal sent from the near end to the far end.

Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)

VOCAL’s Acoustic Echo Cancellers operate on the digitally sampled audio signals of the communication device. Acoustic echo cancellation is an essential part of voice quality enhancement in any form of voice communication.

Acoustic Echo Cancellation found in Voice Quality Enhancement systems

Line/Network Echo Canceller (LEC/NEC)

Line/Network Echo Cancellers are voice operated devices placed in the 4-wire portion of a circuit to reduce echo for speech enhancement.

Flowchart showing VOCAL G.168 Echo Canceller helping Voice Quality Enhancement

Speech Dereverberation

For hands-free or free space communications devices, VOCAL’s Speech Dereverberation software removes the effects of reverberation generated by the acoustic environment for improved speech enhancement and speech recognition.

Speech dereverberation found in Voice Quality Enhancement systems

Acoustic Noise Reduction (ANR)

VOCAL’s Acoustic Noise Reduction software provides voice quality enhancement by adaptively reducing background noise and effectively increasing the signal to noise ratio of the speech signal.

Diagram of Acoustic Noise Reduction provided with Voice Quality Enhancement systems

Acoustic Beamforming

When ANR is used with a microphone array, VOCAL’s near field acoustic beamforming algorithms isolate the speaker source to filter out signals originating from different locations and provide noise reduction and interference suppression in the acquired signal.

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VOCAL Supported platforms include: Texas Instruments, Linux, Android, iOS and Mac Devices, Analog Devices, and others

VOCAL’s speech software is available for the following platforms. Please contact us for specific Voice Quality Enhancement supported platforms.

ProcessorsOperating Systems
  • Texas Instruments – C6xx (TMS320C62x, TMS320C64x, TMS320C645x, TMS320C66x, TMS320C67x), DaVinci, OMAP, C5xx (TMS320C54x, TMS320C55x)
  • Analog Devices – Blackfin, ADSP-21xx, TigerSHARC, SHARC
  • PowerPC, PowerQUICC
  • MIPS – MIPS32, MIPS64, MIPS4Kc
  • ARM – ARM7, ARM9, ARM9E, ARM10E, ARM11, StrongARM, ARM Cortex-A8/A9, Cortex-M3/M4
  • Intel / AMD – x86, x64 (both 32 and 64 bit modes)
  • Linux, uClinux, BSD, Unix
  • Microsoft Windows ACM / RTC / CE / Mobile
  • Apple iOS / iPhone / iPad & MacOS
  • eCOS / eCOSPro
  • Google Android
  • Green Hills Integrity
  • Micrium μCOS
  • Symbian
  • Wind River VxWorks