Published On: Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Qualcomm expands a support for Alexa, Cortana and a Google Assistant


Qualcomm, a chip manufacturer that Broadcom unequivocally wants to buy, is regulating this year’s CES to launch a new height for intelligent speakers, displays and other inclination with built-in support for Google’s Assistant. In addition, a association also announced that a Smart Audio Platform is now approved by Amazon for Alexa Voice Service and that it supports Microsoft’s Cortana assistant, too. All of these platforms, a association hopes, will concede other hardware manufacturers to some-more simply build inclination that support these practical assistants.

In total, there are utterly a few announcements here: a Qualcomm Smart Audio far-field anxiety height that is now competent for Alexa; Smart Audio Platform support for Android Things; a Google Assistant and Google Cast for audio; and a new Qualcomm Home Hub platforms (which comes in dual opposite flavors) with support for Android Things; and Microsoft Cortana support.

The Home Hub height is a many absolute of these (at slightest in terms of computational power) and, among other things, forms a basement for a Google Assistant-enabled intelligent displays that Lenovo and others are announcing today. The Home Hub height comes in dual versions: a some-more absolute SDA624 complement on a chip (SoC) for inclination with video cameras and/or displays and a SDA212 SoC for some-more audio-centric devices.

As for a Smart Audio Platform, Qualcomm stresses that a Alexa chronicle includes six-microphone far-field voice support while on a Google side, a association is stressing that a height also supports Android Things, Google’s Android-based program height for IoT devices.

“Our Smart Audio Platform helps concede normal orator OEMs to some-more well join and attend in a flourishing intelligent orator segment,” pronounced Anthony Murray, comparison clamp boss and ubiquitous manager, voice and song during Qualcomm. “Demand for voice control and assistance in a home is fast gaining traction, and this height is designed to offer good coherence for manufacturers wanting to broach rarely differentiated user practice holding advantage of a energy of Google cloud-based services.”

Seshu Madavapeddy, Qualcomm’s VP of product government for IoT, told me a association is regulating a lot of a building blocks it grown for mobile inclination to build these home IoT platforms (though a association is apparently also creation investments specific to IoT). Madavapeddy stressed that a association always focuses on security, though, no matter a cost indicate of a chipsets.

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