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Knowles Enables More Voice Features and Clearer Calls in Asia with Audio Solutions in the New Gionee Marathon M6 Plus

October 20, 2016

Gionee’s newest Marathon M6 Plus features Knowles’ advanced “always listening” audio solution, enabling new audio features.

ITASCA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 20, 2016-- Today, Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN), a market leader and global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty components, recognizes the continued customer adoption of its intelligent audio solutions in the Gionee Marathon M6 Plus, which launched Q3 2016. Knowles’ VoiceIQ™ smart microphone* is part of a multiple-microphone audio system optimized with our advanced voice processing to enhance human-to-human and human-to-machine communication.

“Smartphones and consumer devices are looking for new and improved audio features, which is why our engineering team worked with Gionee to implement an intelligent audio solution in the Marathon M6 Plus,” said Paul Dickinson, president, Mobile Consumer Electronics, Intelligent Audio, Knowles Corporation. “Gionee’s adoption of VoiceIQ highlights our unique capabilities in acoustics, digital signal processing and software which gives us the ability to enable new features and enhance the audio experience.”

Voice search and voice-controlled applications are growing at a rapid pace, and intelligent solutions like the VoiceIQ smart microphone enhance the user experience. In character-based languages, such as Chinese, voice search and voice applications are easier and more convenient than text-based applications.

“The Marathon M6 Plus with Knowles’ audio system is transforming how consumers capture, share and connect with the world around them,” said Mr. Lu Wei Bing, president of Gionee. “Innovation is critical to our design process, and Knowles is the most creative and innovative audio partner in the industry. We are excited to offer consumers a groundbreaking smartphone with Knowles’ leading-edge audio system.”

As the leader in audio innovation, Knowles’ engineering team collaborated with Gionee to implement an audio system that leverages Knowles’ expertise in hardware, software, and signal processing. Marathon M6 Plus users can wake-up their device and launch specific commands from across a room, rather than touching a button or the screen to activate a digital assistant or interface. Using the VoiceIQ microphone, the world’s first "always-listening" smart microphone, the smartphone is capable of automatically adapting its performance to the environment and enabling voice interfaces with significant power savings. Knowles’ voice processing solution enables flawless execution of important capabilities related to voice commands, speech recognition, and noise suppression, ensuring vivid high-definition sound.

For more information on the Marathon M6 Plus, visit For more information about Knowles unique capabilities and approach to audio solutions, visit

*The VoiceIQ smart microphone uses an audio processing algorithm with acoustic activity detection licensed from Sensory, Inc. This algorithm is embedded directly into a SiSonic MEMS microphone from Knowles.

About Knowles Corporation

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones and strong capabilities in audio processing technologies to optimize audio systems and improve the user experience in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Knowles is also the leader in acoustics components used in hearing aids and has a strong position in high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques, rigorous testing and global scale, enables it to deliver innovative solutions that optimize the user experience. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has employees in 15 countries around the world. For more information, visit

Source: Knowles Corporation

Roxanne Pipitone
Knowles Communications
Mike Knapp
Knowles Investor Relations

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