Qualcomm innovations at CES 2018

Qualcomm Makes Smart Speaker Development Kit, Based on the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform, Available Through Distribution

Qualcomm Makes Smart Speaker Development Kit, Based on the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform, Available Through Distribution

Qualcomm is to offer development kits for smart speakers at a range of price points and is based on Qualcomm's Smart Audio Platform.

Besides, Qualcomm's Home Hub platform can be termed as the most powerful platform when it comes to computational efficiency and effectiveness. So the kit has everything one could need, plus Qualcomm has a reference design manufacturers could utilize. Qualcomm will also showcase smart speakers at their CES booth with all major assistants in action.

LG's previously announced ThinQ smart speaker with Google Assistant was built off this new Smart Audio Platform.

Qualcomm announced that the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform has been qualified by Amazon for the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). Qualcomm's Smart Audio platform supports Google Assistant and Google Cast for audio while the latest Qualcomm Home Hub platforms come with support for Microsoft Cortana. This reference platform incorporates the hardware and software building-blocks to facilitate commercialization of smart speaker and networked audio solutions. The integration of Qualcomm Aqstic and Microsoft's digital assistant in the mesh platform means voice recognition capabilities will be available for new home networking devices. And the news about Microsoft's vague commitments around Cortana and Dynamics 365, as well as the relatively tiny number of skills available for Microsoft's digital assistant haven't made Cortana's future seem very bright, to say the least. Anticipated to begin in 2019, BYD electric vehicles are planned to feature integrated infotainment and digital cluster systems powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform.

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