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Describes an ASIC design and implementation of 15-isolated-word, speaker independent speech recognition system for low cost application. The input to the IC is a 12-bit sample with a sampling rate of 11.025 kHz. The delay between the end of a word and the response from the IC is approximately 0.24s. The IC runs at 10 MHz system clock and is targeted at 0.35 μm CMOS process. The whole chip, which includes the speech recognition system core, RAM and ROM, contains about 61000 gate counts. The core die size is 1.5mm×3mm. The current design was simulated in VHDL for hardware implementation and the functionality of the IC was identical to the MATLAB simulation. The system achieves a recognition rate of 89% for the 15 isolated words.