SharePoint 2010 will have phonetic (name) matching support within the search. You don’t even need FAST for that so it seems. This I think is really cool. And than these new RC prerequisites make sense:
• Microsoft Server Speech Platform Runtime (x64)
• Microsoft Server Speech Recognition Language – TELE(en-US)
I myself missed the Phonetic Matching bit at the SharePoint Conference 09, but others noticed this.