CES 2018: Qualcomm's Smart Speaker Platform adds support for Microsoft's Cortana

CES 2018: Qualcomm's Smart Speaker Platform adds support for Microsoft's Cortana

"The platform is created to be a unique end-to-end single-vendor smart speaker solution integrating our unique and powerful processing, as well as proprietary audio technologies engineered for high-resolution audio, networked audio, echo cancellation, beamforming, noise suppression and barge-in wake-word detection".

All the new wins for Alexa and Google Assistant announced at CES 2018 this week have led many to wonder about Cortana's prospects. The goal of this new platform is to enable the rapid acceleration and creation of smart speakers in the industry, where manufacturers have to spend less time on design and the tech inside, while also being able to choose from Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana. The reference design also comes with 360-degree sound experience. All of these platforms, the company hopes, will allow other hardware manufacturers to more easily build devices that support these virtual assistants.

Qualcomm also announced new editions of its Home Hub platform that would now support Android Things, which help developers and OEMs build smart home networks based on Google services.

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Interestingly, the development kit offers a reference design for smart speaker devices.

As part of a wider push on smart voice services, the chipmaker is expanding its mesh networking platform to include support for voice recognition. The Home Hub platform comes in two versions: the more powerful SDA624 system on a chip (SoC) for devices with video cameras and/or displays and the SDA212 SoC for more audio-centric devices. "Demand for voice control and assistance in the home is rapidly gaining traction, and this platform is created to offer great flexibility for manufacturers wanting to deliver highly differentiated user experiences taking advantage of the power of Google cloud-based services". "Support for Microsoft technology on Qualcomm Technologies powered smart speakers will help to empower people's creativity and productivity at work and at home". Dedicated SoCs will make the job easier for the OEMs.

Qualcomm is at CES 2018.

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