Texas Instruments is to exit the speech-synthesis business at the end of the year and transfer the production of its speech chips to Santa Clara, CA-based Sensory.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sensory will begin supporting new customers immediately and TI will continue to accept orders for the MSP50C6xx products through the end of 2001, when the product line, tools and all operational activities will be turned over to Sensory.

Sensory, released the first commercially successful speech recognition IC in 1995, and has grown its line to include the RSC series of general-purpose micro-controllers and a line of application-specific standard products (ASSPs), including the Voice Direct, Voice Extreme, and Voice Dialer chips.

The MSP50C6XX products are TI’s most recent generation of speech-synthesis ICs. They include a 12.32 MIPS processor for high-quality low data-rate speech compression and MIDI music synthesis. Members of the MSP50C6XX line can store as much as 37 minutes of speech on chip and include as much as 64 I/O pins for external interfacing.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.