Acquisition Combines Technical Expertise in Silicon, Software and Algorithms to Deliver Enhanced Multisensory Processing, Targeting a Wide Range of Mobile and Wearable Devices
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – June 24, 2014 - Audience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADNC), the leader in advanced voice and audio processing, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sensor Platforms, subject to customary closing conditions, for consideration consisting of $41 million of cash. Sensor Platforms develops software and algorithms that interpret sensor data to enable broad context awareness on smartphones, wearables and other consumer devices. Audience believes the combination of Sensor Platforms’ technology with its industry leading Advanced Voice and Multisensory Processing places the combined company in a unique position to deliver compelling solutions based on the fusion of voice and motion. Joining these technologies will help transform the way consumers engage with devices, by enabling seamless natural user experiences, always-on sensor fusion, and context-aware services.
Peter Santos, president and CEO of Audience stated: “Audience is a user experience company, and we believe that multisensory user interface and context awareness will bring fresh differentiation and end-user value to the market for smartphones, wearables and other mobile devices. Sensor Platforms has developed key technologies and software infrastructure in this space, and the combination of our engineering teams will enable us to rapidly scale our capabilities in context awareness-based user interface. I am delighted to welcome the Sensor Platforms team to Audience.”
The delivery of a truly natural user experience requires a hardware and software platform that seamlessly and intelligently fuses multiple sensory inputs in an ultra-low power platform. Audience has pioneered voice and audio processing, and the acquisition of Sensor Platforms adds motion processing software to the combined company’s technology offering. Audience expects to deliver new levels of user experience through the optimization of audio through motion and vice versa.
Closing is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed after June 30, 2014. Audience anticipates that it will update its expectations for future financial results that incorporate Sensor Platforms after the closing of the acquisition. Audience has scheduled a conference call to discuss the proposed acquisition tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET. Participating in the call will be Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer, and Kevin Palatnik, chief financial officer. Prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session.
Conference Call Information:
When: June 25, 2014, 6:00 a.m. PT
Dial-in: 1-877-212-6076 or 1-707-287-9331
About Sensor Platforms
Sensor Platforms, Inc. develops algorithms and software enabling consumer applications to better understand user contexts and intent. The FreeMotion™ library from Sensor Platforms is the result of collaboration among experts in activity analytics, pedestrian navigation, motion, sensor fusion, and low-power system architectures. Sensor Platforms announced in April 2014 a major step forward in the proliferation of motion use in the Android environment, with the release of the Open Sensor Platform, the first open source software to enable implementation of sensor hubs in Android devices.
Audience is the leader in advanced voice and audio processing for mobile devices. Its technologies, based in auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience, as well as enhance speech-based services and audio quality for multimedia. In early 2014, the Company announced its expansion into multisensory and motion processing. Through the combination of Advanced Voice and Multisensory Processing, Audience aims to transform the way consumers engage with devices by enabling seamless natural user experiences and context-aware services. The Company’s products have been shipped in more than 400 million devices worldwide. For more information, see www.audience.com.