Conexant offers new 4-mic development kit for quickly prototyping and developing high-performance far-field devices with Amazon Alexa
IRVINE, Calif., May 4, 2017 – Conexant, a leading provider of audio and voice technology solutions that enable a more natural user experience, today announced a 4-microphone version of its popular AudioSmart™ Development Kit for Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This builds upon other recent announcements that will help device-makers integrate Alexa into their products. Conexant enables third-party developers and manufacturers to achieve far-field performance at a lower Bill of Materials (BOM) cost and has the supply chain in place today to support large volume applications.
Conexant’s Smart Source Locator™ (SSL) technology is a newly added feature for the 4-microphone solution that provides many benefits, such as giving the voice processor the ability to focus in on the direction from where the user’s voice is coming. Combining SSL with Conexant’s Smart Source Pickup™ (SSP), that provides 360-degree noise suppression, translates to higher speech recognition accuracy. This is especially helpful in challenging environments where there are noises emanating in the room, such as from a TV, radio or phone.
“We’re excited to continue our work with Conexant as they offer another quality solution for device makers looking to integrate with Alexa,” said Priya Abani, Director, Alexa Voice Service. “Conexant’s new AudioSmart 4-mic Development Kit for Amazon AVS broadens the selection of reference solutions available to OEMS, speeding up time to market and making it easier to integrate AVS into their products.”
The core component of the AudioSmart 4-mic Development Kit for Amazon AVS is Conexant’s AudioSmart CX20924 Voice Input Processor running Conexant’s far-field voice pre-processing software technology. Conexant’s far-field voice input processor focuses on the user’s voice and removes echoes and noise from the audio signal, providing clear voice requests for speech recognition processing. Additionally, the AudioSmart 4-mic Development Kit for Amazon AVS comes equipped with Conexant’s CX22721 Low Power Audio Playback CODEC that can power small speakers and be tuned for optimal audio quality for music and Alexa voice prompts.
The new AudioSmart 4-mic Development Kit for Amazon AVS will save engineering time and reduce costs related to developing noise robust, far-field voice-enabled devices. Beyond prototyping, Conexant expedites time-to-market by directly providing third-party manufacturers with cost-effective, production-ready hardware solutions, voice pre-processing software technology and unrivaled engineering support. Key benefits of the Conexant AudioSmart CX20924 Voice Input Processor include:
Conexant’s new AudioSmart 4-Mic Development Kit and recently released AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit are both available through Arrow Electronics, and can be used for prototyping running AVS java sample client software on Raspberry Pi.
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Conexant Systems, LLC. is the CE industry’s go-to source for hardware and software solutions that offer unrivaled performance for audio and voice applications. The company combines its significant IP portfolio in DSP, analog and mixed signal technology with embedded software to enrich and expand audio and voice capabilities of products across nearly every vertical of the CE space. Founded in 1999, Conexant is a privately-held fabless semiconductor and audio technology engineering company headquartered in Irvine, California with offices and design centers worldwide.