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
for $375. To learn more, or to purchase the kit, visit:
*Source: Strategy Analytics