This collaboration marks Dirac’s debut in the smart speaker market segment.
UPPSALA, SWEDEN, 30th January 2018 – Dirac Research, the global leader in digitally optimized sound solutions, today announced that it has teamed up with leading consumer electronics manufacturer Xiaomi to provide the Mi AI smart speaker with an extraordinary listening experience – complete with louder audio, a wider soundstage, clearer and improved vocal separation, and richer acoustical details. This upgrade has been delivered through a software update made available to customers worldwide on Friday, January 26th, 2018.
The Xiaomi Mi AI smart speaker was announced in July 2017 and debuted one month later in August 2017. In addition to delivering high-quality audio, its six-microphone array allows voice to be detected from any direction and distance, and its built-in AI processing responds to various user-commands.
According to a Xiaomi representative, “Smart speakers, unlike traditional speakers, are a communication device that therefore require exceptionally clear, refined and powerful sound quality; without it, effective human-device dialogue is not possible. Through this software update, and with the assistance of Dirac’s audio engineering, we’re showcasing to the world a new standard in smart speaker audio quality.”
Dirac and Xiaomi have collaborated on various smartphone and tablet projects in recent years, but this Mi AI software upgrade marks the first time that Dirac’s digital audio optimization solutions have been applied to a smart speaker.
“Xiaomi’s commitment to providing its customers with the highest quality in performance and reliability is second to none – and this latest Mi AI smart speaker software update is evidence of such,” emphasized Niklas Thorin, Dirac Research General Manager of High Performance Audio. “We are proud to continue our collaboration with this forward-looking industry leader, and we look forward to introducing the power of Dirac speaker optimization solutions to Xiaomi Mi AI customers across the globe.”
In addition to Xiaomi, Dirac’s suite of mobile solutions is also utilized by many of the world’s top mobile device manufacturers – in addition to blue chip technology companies in the automobile and home theatre markets such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Volvo, BMW, Datasat, Harman, Pioneer, and many more.