New Alexa Development Kit based on the i.MX 7Dual Applications Processor
With the Echo, Dot and Assistant now becoming well-known brand names, voice enablement currently seems to be on everybody’s mind and more importantly, their lips. With many analysts making predictions such as, by 2020 50% of searches will be by made by voice or over 40 million smart speakers will be sold*, it’s understandable why many companies are investigating how to add voice to their next generation devices.
The challenge for most companies is understanding how to take the first step. Unless a company has experience with audio in their device, evaluating how to piece together both the hardware and software needed to enable voice on a device is a puzzle beyond both their resources and level of investment.
Realizing this, NXP has teamed up with Arrow Electronics, Synaptics and Amazon to develop the Synaptics AudioSmart™ 2-Mic and NXP Pico i.MX7Dual Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This newly available development kit is one of the first to be qualified with production-ready system-on-chip (SoC), voice processor, and the AVS Device SDK. It enables device makers to quickly and cost-effectively integrate Alexa into a fully functioning prototype and then take that work into design for manufacturing and production.
The kit hardware features the Synaptics’ CX20921 Voice Input Processor and the PICO-PI-IMX7 i.MX 7Dual development board, a purpose-built small-footprint platform which features NXP’s i.MX 7Dual dual-core applications processor. Both processors are in full production and available for commercial designs. The kit also includes: stereo microphones with a microphone holder board, a micro USB cable, a Type-A to Type-B cable, cable assembly and a +5V power supply. The kit also features a reference software client built using the AVS Device SDK and an Alexa tuned wake word so commercial device makers to get to market faster with Alexa-enabled products.
The Synaptics AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon AVS with NXP SoC is available exclusively from arrow.com for $375. To learn more, or to purchase the kit, visit:
*Source: Strategy Analytics