Chip designer XMOS is relocating to new offices in Queen Square, Bristol, as it expands. The microcontroller company has seen significant growth from its roll-out of far-field voice processor technology for voice assistants and is planning to add more staff in 2018. The move will also allow for larger acoustic test suite and listening room.  

“This move is a significant milestone in XMOS’s development”


Earlier this year, XMOS launched its first far-field voice processor family, the XVF3000 and associated development kit; this far-field development kit with a linear mic-array is the only one in the world qualified by Amazon for its Alexa Voice Service

This enables easy integration of Amazon’s Alexa into smart panels, kitchen appliances and other commercial and industrial electronics, which will drive sales of its real time microcontroller and digital signal processing software.

“This move is a significant milestone in XMOS’s development,” says Mark Lippett, President and CEO at XMOS. “The new HQ will provide us with the room we need for expansion as we continue on our strong growth. We’ve had an incredible 2017 and are excited by what we have coming up in our development pipeline.

“The relentless pursuit of seamless HMI for tomorrow’s consumer applications demands precise, reliable far-field voice processing technology, and 2018 will see XMOS consolidate its leading position in this market.”

The company raised over $15m in September for the development of the technology, following a $15m backing in 2014 from companies such as Bosch and Huawei.

A range of XMOS customers will be showing the technology at the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

Nick Flaherty