Qualcomm supports Alexa for innovative smart home devices
Qualcomm Technologies has announced a new development kit based on the Qualcomm QCA4020 multimode SoC qualified by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service (AVS) for AWS IoT Core connected devices. The kit allows device manufacturers to easily evaluate, integrate and test connectivity, voice control and interactivity with smart appliances, home automation configurations and lighting. The development kit adds to Qualcomm Technologies’ voice-enabled product line, including kits that can allow OEMs to easily integrate Alexa into smart speakers and consumer devices.
According to Qualcomm, the integration of AVS services, using the newly released development kit, will enable the manufacturers to shortly release a range of smart home devices with Alexa, for the benefit of consumers who aim to have a smart and cost-effective connected home.
“With this development kit, device manufacturers can rapidly develop useful voice-activated smart home products designed to be interoperable across multiple technologies,” said Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As a result, consumers can gain an unprecedented level of control over various devices in their smart homes at affordable prices. We are proud to work with Amazon to be the catalyst for this growth ”.
“We are thrilled that Qualcomm Technologies is releasing a new voice-first solution that can streamline the development cycle for OEMs and make it even easier to bring new products to customers,” said Sanjay Voleti, Senior Manager of Alexa Voice Service. “The Qualcomm Home Hub 100 platform is designed to simplify what is needed to integrate Alexa into a variety of home smart home devices such as thermostats, light switches, appliances and more – we can’t wait to see what the developers build.” .
Allowing rapid evaluation and prototyping, the development kit Qualcomm Home Hub 100 with AVS offers several key benefits for manufacturers looking to develop IoT devices that integrate Alexa for device control:
• Integrated hardware and software platform designed to support intelligent multi-mode connectivity with the QCA4020 SoC with Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy 5 and 802.15.4 based technologies, among which ZigBee and Thread
• The solution microcontroller based (MCU) is designed to support a real-time operating system (RTOS)
• A reference audio command and control panel and advanced coexistence combined with a voice module Synaptics pre-integrated DSP featuring AudioSmart CX20921 Smart Trigger technology.
• Integrated hardware-based security features and functions integrated into a single CI to enhance device security.
“As a company with a long association with Amazon and an early developer of solutions for Alexa Voice Service, we are delighted to partner with Qualcomm Technologies in the launch of this new development kit that uses our two-mic AudioSmart solution,” he said. Saleel Awsare, senior vice president and general manager, IoT Division, Synaptics. “The rise of voice as one of the fastest growing human interfaces in consumer IoT is very exciting and we are proud to work closely with industry leaders to make people’s lives easier.”