Audience, maker of mobile chips that can dampen background noise when people speak on their cell phones, just brought in $15 million in a fourth round of funding. This brings the Mountain View, Calif. company’s total capital to $60 million since its inception in 2004.
Audience claims that it modeled its product on the normal functioning of the human ear — allowing it to block out some sounds while focusing others. This allows users to have clear conversations even if they are in a loud club or walking along a noisy street. The chips are already being used in cell phones made by LG Group, Pantech Group and Sharp.
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