Arrow Electronics, NXP and Synaptics Team to Accelerate the Development of Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Products

Development Kit Adds Intelligent Voice Control to Any Connected Device; Facilitates Rapid Prototyping and Provides Fast Path to Market

Hong Kong Electronics Fair -- October 12, 2017 -- Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), Synaptics Incorporated, and NXP Semiconductors launched a variant of the Synaptics® AudioSmart® 2-Mic Development Kit for Amazon AVS that is supported by a commercially available NXP system-on-chip (SoC) application processor. This newly available 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 which features NXP’s i.MX7D SoC optimized for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). 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 for Raspberry Pi 3 built using the AVS Device SDK, enabling commercial device makers to get to market faster with Alexa-enabled products.

The Synaptics AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Amazon AVS with NXP SoC is available exclusively from arrow.com for $375. To learn more, or to purchase the kit: https://www.arrow.com/en/products/synapticsnxp2micavs/arrow-development-tools

Executive Quotes:

“Voice as a human interface is rapidly expanding in smart homes and the broader IoT landscape due to the broad global expansion of voice services like Amazon Alexa,” said Saleel Awsare, vice president and general manager, Audio and Imaging Business, Synaptics. “When voice services are combined with Synaptics’ AudioSmart far-field voice DSPs, new voice-enabled human interface devices can accelerate into numerous IoT applications whether consumer, enterprise, or commercial.”

“Industry leaders are developing and investing to meet the growing demand of the voice-controlled future smart home,” said Martyn Humphries, vice president and general manager, Media IoT and i.MX Applications Processors at NXP. “Collaborating with leaders like Amazon the companies it works with is essential in delivering the key tools and support needed to meet the demands of this prospering market. The new evaluation kit moves beyond the scope of a processing board with unique integrated features designed for the AVS developer community. This enables more flexibility in designs while shortening development time to market so customers can move from prototype to production as quick as possible.”

“This new Synaptics development kit with an integrated NXP SoC for the Amazon Alexa Voice Service can add intelligent voice control to any connected product with a microphone and speaker, enabling developers and engineers to rapidly create Alexa-enabled proof of concepts and prototypes,” said Murdoch Fitzgerald, vice president of semiconductor marketing at Arrow. “Arrow is excited to team with Synaptics and NXP to bring this new kit to the developer community and help accelerate the innovation of new smart home products.” 

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