BCD-Atlantik, provider of innovative wireless audio solutions, presents the new Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform development kit. This new development kit is designed to include the building blocks for creating a smart speaker, making it simpler for audio manufacturers to start developing straight out of the box. Qualcomm has accelerated the introduction of development platforms for all market needs. This includes platforms with support for Alibaba AI Voice, Amazon Alexa, Baidu DuerOS, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.
This flexible solution is based on the APQ8009 with a range of software configurations that are designed to allow OEMs to create truly optimized smart speakers across various product tiers and categories.
The Smart Audio Platform is a highly flexible solution engineered to bring together a unique combination of processing power, connectivity options, voice user interfaces and premium audio technologies. The platform is designed to be a unique end-to-end single-vendor smart speaker solution integrating Qualcomm's unique and powerful processing, as well as proprietary audio technologies engineered for high resolution audio, networked audio, echo cancellation, beamforming, noise suppression and barge-in wake-word detection. With support for voice services from major cloud providers, the Smart Audio Platform offers manufacturers a variety of choices to help them participate in the growing smart speaker opportunity.
Built on the Smart Audio Platform, the development kit features a Wi-Fi certified System-on-Module (SoM) that integrates the key system components, helping to reduce development time and overall design cost.
'By providing the rich feature capabilities of Qualcomm's Smart Audio Platform and integrated into this development kit, this is helping to streamline development for manufacturers looking to build smart speaker devices more efficiently,' says Ottmar Flach, General manager, Atlantik Elektronik GmbH. 'The platform and kit help manufacturers seeking to design products at a variety of price points to reduce development time and create smart speaker products that include the complex connectivity, premium audio and voice capabilities that
consumers now expect.'
The Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform offers integrated Hi-Fi audio playback and post-processing algorithms for premium sound quality, Qualcomm AllPlay multi-room and multi-channel networking solution for whole-home synchronized audio streaming, and advanced application processing capabilities for a customizable and responsive user experience. Other key features of the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform include a quad-core ARM A53 processor and integrated Qualcomm Hexagon audio DSP, dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (1x1 and 2x2 options), Bluetooth 4.2 + Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with support for key profiles such as A2DP source/sink, AVRCP, SPP, HFP, PAN, NAP, AVCTP, AVDTP, PBAP, RSP / Wake on BLE, and high-performance audio encode/decode with Qualcomm aptX and aptX HD. Audio playback supports a wide range of industry audio codecs including MP3, AAC, OggVorbis, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, PCM, ALAC, with high-performance Bluetooth/Wi-Fi coexistence for optimal audio performance.
Qualcomm also announced that the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform has been qualified by Amazon for the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). The reference platform, now in production, incorporates the hardware and software building-blocks required to facilitate rapid commercialization of smart speaker and networked audio solutions, and it is the first announced fully end-to-end audio processing and system reference design for AVS from a single vendor.
The Smart Audio Platform from Qualcomm is available now at BCD-Atlantik.