Eurotech Announces Contract with DynaVox Mayer-Johnson for the DynaVox Xpress™, the World’s First Comprehensive Mobile Augmentative Communication Device

Eurotech Embedded Computer Using Intel® Atom™ Technology Helps Those Challenged to Speak to Move into the Mainstream.

Amaro (Italy), September 15th, 2009 – Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products, and systems, announces today that it has made first deliveries on a multi-year contract to furnish components for the DynaVox Xpress™. Based on Eurotech’s Catalyst Module embedded computer, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson’s speech-generating devices help those living with conditions such as autism, ALS, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain injury or Down syndrome communicate with their loved ones and participate in the classroom and in work settings.

The Xpress, DynaVox’s revolutionary battery-powered handheld device, lets those with speech challenges take DynaVox technology with them, into the broader society. By selecting the Eurotech Catalyst Module as the embedded computing platform, DynaVox engineers were able to deliver powerful communication functionality in a small size and sleek design to make mainstream use possible.

The Xpress unit from DynaVox, a powerful handheld augmentative communication device, allows people who are unable to speak to communicate freely. It has a simple user interface that lets people select words, ideas and full sentences so they can interact with others easily. It is small, portable, easy to use and discreet, so it can be used in any environment.
“We selected the Eurotech Catalyst Module because they had the Intel Atom processor we were looking for, as well as the embedded design and software expertise to help us deliver the precise platform that would set our Xpress product apart,” commented Bob Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer for DynaVox Mayer-Johnson.

The contract covers both hardware and engineering services centered on the Intel Atom processor that powers the DynaVox Xpress™. The device hosts DynaVox Mayer –Johnson’s InterAACT™ communication framework and lets people challenged by speech interact more effectively. For a detailed account of the development process, read the case study on the Eurotech website at http://www.eurotech-inc.com/resources.asp.




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