Qualcomm announced Smart Audio Platform during the Voice and Music Developers Conference 2017 in Shenzhen on on Tuesday, June 13. Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform is the combination of voice-recognition sensor, microphone and speaker for third-party manufacturers to build own speakers from scratch. Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform runs on open source Linux operating system and Google’s Android Things IoT (Internet of Things) platform, comprises far-field microphone technology that can detect “wake” phrases.
The Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform combines high-performance processing power, world-class Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, advanced far-field voice capture and wake-word detection, AllPlay multi-room audio-streaming technology, and support for major voice ecosystems in a single solution. This platform is ideal for traditional speaker manufacturers wanting to make the move to a connected platform as it is designed to bring together all the necessary hardware, software, and tools needed to reduce development time. It also offers a great degree of flexibility for those manufacturers who want to push the boundaries when it comes to possible future applications for smart speakers.
Qualcomm’s senior vice president and general manager of voice and music, Anthony Murray says.
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Qualcomm is also working on bringing Beamforming technology, type of electronic signal processing that uses multiple microphones to detect user’s voice along with other features like echo cancellation, Bluetooth aptX HD audio and Wi-Fi.
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Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform also carries support for high-end audio codecs including robust support for codecs like MP3, OggVorbis (Hi-Res 32-bit/192KHz), lossless FLAC/ALAC and Qualcomm’s own multi-room AllPlay audio system which allows users to control various wireless speakers on the same network. Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform also support for voice-activated AI assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
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Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform available with two different SoC options: APQ8009 or APQ8017, will begin to ship in the third quarter of this year.
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