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September 05, 2019Gagan Luthra
Today, we are announcing new white-box solutions, development kits, and Original Design Manufacturers to help device makers bring new innovative products to market faster. If you are at IFA in Berlin, we encourage you to stop by the Amazon Alexa exhibit (Stand 201 in Hall 26). You can also learn more about our presence at IFA, including the Spin to Win program here.
White-box solutions with Alexa built-in are the fastest way to get your products to market, with several ODMs offering turnkey solutions and processes to design, test, and manufacture your products. We are pleased to announce four new white-box products for device makers, of which two were recently added to the AVS ODM portfolio (Horn and Tatung):
The RealityVoice from Third Reality is a white-box design for a smart home hub with Alexa built-in that features an integrated ZigBee hub and Wi-Fi connectivity. It uses a 2-mic voice capture solution and can be bundled with other smart home products like light bulbs and light switches from ThirdReality.
The Hansong Microdot XS is a small, portable speaker with Alexa built-in. Based on Libre's MAVID solution, it features a 3-mic far-field array, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional 4G connectivity. The device has 700mAh rechargeable battery that provides four hours of playback time.
Horn’s Luduan V4 is a 2-mic headset with Alexa built-in, using Amazon‘s Alexa Mobile Accessory (AMA) protocol. Based on Ambiq's solution, the headset provides users with a wake-on-voice Alexa experience and is rated IPX5 for water resistance.
The Aston Two from Tatung are headphones with Alexa built-in that deliver quality audio and Alexa interaction using both wake-on-voice and tap-to-talk modes. They feature both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, making them flexible for indoor and outdoor usage. This product is also based on Libre’s MAVID solution.
We work with leading chipset providers to qualify their hardware + software based reference solutions for creating devices with Alexa built-in. This helps device makers reduce their development time and focus on product quality and differentiation. Today, we are introducing two new qualified development kits:
The new MediaTek 2-Mic Dev Kit for AVS is a highly efficient audio applications processor designed for smart speakers, sound bars, smart appliances or other in-home smart products with Alexa built-in. It features far-field voice capture using only 2 microphones, and is compatible with the Alexa Multi-Room Music feature.
The XMOS VocalFusion 2-Mic Dev Kit for AVS is a BOM-efficient solution optimized for smart TVs and set-top boxes with Alexa built-in. It features an adaptive delay estimator to ensure audio-visual sync and stereo acoustic echo cancellation for barge-in support.