Qualcomm Technologies announced that its Smart Audio Platform now supports Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana. Today, at the CES 2018, Qualcomm has launched a new platform for smart devices such as smart speakers, displays, and other that come with built-in support for Google Assistant. "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". Its advanced capabilities include support for high-resolution audio, Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ for enhanced battery charging, and far field voice capabilities that run at low power for always-on standby mode.
While Microsoft hasn't confirmed any forthcoming products itself, it has released a new Cortana Devices SDK to make it easier for OEMs to develop and build new devices.
Interestingly, the development kit offers a reference design for smart speaker devices. It's engineered to help developers and audio manufacturers simplify the development of smart speaker products, at a range of price points. Manufacturers can use a single design for different SKUs with varying operating systems and capabilities.
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"Our Smart Audio Platform helps allow traditional speaker OEMs to more efficiently join and participate in the growing smart speaker segment", said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, voice and music at Qualcomm. Additionally, the platform also includes System-on-Modules (SoMs), development boards and reference designs.
Qualcomm also announced at CES that it's adding Cortana support to its Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design for smart home devices.
The first of the Qualcomm Home Hub platforms for Android Things, based on the Qualcomm® SDA212 SoC, is created to enable home devices and appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and washing machines with digital assistant and audio capability.