MIT has unveiled a low-power special-purpose chip that claims to reduce the power consumption of electronic devices, thus helping them save battery life as well. NDTV reports that specialised for automatic speech recognition, the chip is claimed to require between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, not 1 watt, which is the requirement of a standard smartphone running a speech-recognition software. The researchers say that this power difference means that the chip can provide power savings between 90% and 99%.
Further, this means that speech recognition can be introduced in more devices, especially in cases where power constraints were hindering the application of the technology. The incredible new chip can be a game changer since more devices than ever are now getting support for speech recognition. Moreover, with the size of devices constantly reducing and with more power components being used, battery life issues resolved by the chip could open new gates for hardware developers.