Intelligent voice control prototyping kit to support Alexa-like services

October 25, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Arrow Electronics, Synaptics Incorporated and NXP Semiconductors have joined forces to launch a variant of the Synaptics AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit for Amazon AVS, supported by a commercially available NXP SoC application processor.

The new development kit variant enables device makers to quickly and cost-effectively integrate the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) into a fully functioning prototype, and then take that work into design for manufacturing and production. The Synaptics AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon AVS includes Synaptics’ CX20921 Voice Input Processor with a dual microphone board and a wake-word engine tuned to "Alexa." It is built on the pico-imx7d board, a purpose-built small-footprint hardware platform featuring NXP’s i.MX7D dual-core applications processor optimized for the internet of things. The kit also includes: stereo microphones with an integrated processor, a microphone holder board, a micro USB cable, Type-A to Type-B cable, cable assembly and a +5V power supply. The development kit features a reference client built using the AVS Device software development kit.

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