Ambiq AI eliminates noise in IoT environments

  • September 6, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Texas-based Ambiq has developed speech enhancement artificial intelligence (AI) to eliminate noise in IoT applications.

The neural network speech enhancement (NNSE) open-source AI model operates in real time with low latency and energy consumption.

Ambiq specialises in low-power semiconductors that deliver a multi-fold increase in energy efficiency. The NNSE is its latest addition to its NeuralSpot’s Model Zoo. This optimised AI model effectively removes background noise from speech on the device in real time, allowing clean speech capture in noisy environments.

As with all Ambiq Model Zoo components, NNSE includes scripts and tools to help developers add speech de-noising capabilities to their applications. It also consists of a simple graphical user interface allowing users to record and save the enhanced speech along with the original noisy audio on their PC for demonstration purposes.

Speech de-noising is useful in noisy or loud environments, such as vehicle cabins, factory floors, offices and outdoors. NNSE can capture clean speech for various applications, such as voice memo recording, voice chat and speech recognition. This AI model is optimised to operate on devices, in real time, with low latency and energy use.

While the pre-trained model is ready to use on Ambiq development platforms, NNSE also includes software to train, convert and deploy customised models where needed. All software has been released under the permissive BSD-3-clause licence for ease of deployment and development.

“Ambiq’s neural network speech enhancer may be the only open-source TinyML implementation of AI-based speech de-noising for IoT endpoint devices,” said Carlos Morales, vice president of AI at Ambiq. “The highly optimised AI model will help developers get started on speech de-noising applications on Ambiq Apollo4 Plus SoC in a matter of minutes.”

AI is used extensively in the multibillion-dollar IoT space for everything from industrial anomaly detection to speech-based consumer interfaces. Ambiq’s recent AI development on the Apollo SoCs broke free the limitations of power consumption and form factor of endpoints to enable an immersive environment where users can leverage intelligence everywhere without physical constraints.

There is a technical preview ( of Ambit’s ( NNSE on GitHub.