Qualcomm's new chips will give rise to more smart speakers

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  •   July 31, 2017
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Qualcomm's new chips will give rise to more smart speakers

The smart speaker trend started with Amazon's echo, and now includes 600le Home and Apm HomePod, but it could get a lot more crowded thanks to Qualcomm. It hasjust unveiled a reference "smart audio" design, including microphone, speaker and voice recognition tech that OEMs can use to build their own products without starting from scratch. What's more, it includes support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so OEMs will be able to add those voice assistants to a wider variety of audio products. On top of the "smart" aspect of smart audio, Qualcomm is also taking care of the "audio" part. It showed off new DDFA audio am-lifier tech and an audio develo-ment kit (ADK) that will help companies build wireless Bluetooth speakers, headphones and other products.

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