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Improvements in Sound Technology

Conexant also demonstrated an impressive smartphone application that works with the chip. It had the ability to disable noise cancellation and feed ambient sound into the headset so I could hear a person speaking to me without having to take off the earphones. It also provides significant listening and noise cancellations adjustment profiles.

Arrow Electronics Collaborates with Conexant Systems to Accelerate the Development of Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Products

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (ARW) has entered into a preferred global agreement with Conexant Systems, Inc., a leading provider of audio and voice technology solutions that enable a more natural user experience. Arrow is not only distributing, but also sourcing components and providing technical design support for Conexant’s AudioSmart™ 2-Mic Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

Amazon Partners With Chipmakers To Push Alexa Voice Assistant Into More Devices

Amazon wants to put its digital voice assistant, Alexa, into as many devices as possible. For help, it’s partnering up with more chipmakers to make it easier for outside developers to get Alexa up and running on devices like speakers, thermostats and wearables.

This new development kit makes it easier to get started with Alexa hardware design

Building hardware with Alexa included is likely a smart way to go, given interest in Amazon’s voice assistant, but it’s also hard to do well. Consumer electronics industry supplier Conexant is looking to make the early stages of the process easier with a new development kit designed to provide accurate voice recognition from a distance of several meters using only two microphones, combined with a Raspberry Pi.

Boosting ‘Voice Revolution’: Amazon Teaming Up With Conexant to Bring Alexa to More Devices

Amazon is teaming up with semiconductor and voice solutions provider Conexant to bring Alexa to even more devices, the companies announced Thursday.

The companies plan to expand the market of voice enabled digital assistants powered by Amazon’s Alexa with the creation of the AudioSmart™ 2-mic Development Kit for smart home appliances. The kit is designed to connect to a Raspberry Pi, a small, credit-card sized computer which can be used in electronics projects.

Amazon pairs with Conexant to create AudioSmart dev kit for Amazon Alexa

Amazon has partnered with Irvine, California-based audio and voice solutions company Conexant Systems to accelerate the adoption of smart home appliances. It has released an Alexa Voice Service (AVS) approved AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit designed for smart home applications. The kit consists of Conexant’s AudioSmart CX20921 hands-free voice input processor, and Alexa wake word technology. The AudioSmart 2-mic development kit for Amazon AVS will allow product developers to build voice-enabled products with Alexa.

Why More Gadgets Powered By Amazon’s Alexa Could Invade Your Home Soon

All this could change now that Amazon is partnering with Conexant, a maker of voice processor chips and software, on a development kit for Alexa devices. By hooking up a Raspberry Pi mini-computer with one of Conexant’s dual-microphone kits, hardware makers can start prototyping Alexa-ready gadgets in a matter of days, rather than months, and they won’t have to figure out the tricky technology of far-field voice recognition on their own.

Amazon Teaming Up With Conexant to Bring Alexa to Third Party Manufacturers

Amazon is teaming up with semiconductor and voice solutions provider Conexant to bring Alexa to even more devices, the companies announced Thursday.

The companies plan to expand the market of voice enabled digital assistants powered by Amazon’s Alexa with the creation of the AudioSmart™ 2-mic Development Kit for smart home appliances. The kit is designed to connect to a Raspberry Pi, a small, credit-card sized computer which can be used in electronics projects.

Build Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices with the AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Raspberry Pi

At the heart of the kit is Conexant’s AudioSmart CX20921 Voice Input Processor, which recognizes the Alexa wake word and delivers speech requests for processing from anywhere in the room — even in noisy, real-world conditions. The chip also enables voice barge-in capabilities, allowing users to interrupt their Alexa unit when its playing sound. This ensures that AVS hears only the user’s command, and nothing else, which in turn provides a consistently accurate AVS experience.

Conexant working with Amazon to create AudioSmart 2-mic development kit for Amazon Alexa

Enabling speech recognition and voice control from a distance requires overcoming substantial acoustic challenges related to echo cancellation, background noise, position of microphones, speaker placement and more. Conexant’s dual-microphone voice processing solution is designed to recognize the Alexa wake word and deliver speech requests for processing from anywhere in the room, even in noisy, real-world conditions. The solution also enables voice barge-in capabilities, allowing users to interrupt their Alexa device when its playing sound. The AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit will save engineering time and reduce costs related to developing noise robust voice-enabled devices.

Conexant and Amazon bring Alexa to Raspberry Pi with ‘AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit’

Much of Amazon’s success with Echo and Alexa is thanks to third-party developers and hardware. Today, Conexant and Amazon announce the AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit. This add-on for the Raspberry Pi should enable easier development of devices using Amazon’s Alexa voice technology. This could ultimately lead to further growth and adoption of the Alexa voice assistant.

Amazon and Conexant launch pre-configured Alexa Voice Service (AVS) AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for smart home applications

Makers take heed: A new collaboration between Amazon and Conexant Systems brings voice-controlled virtual assistants to the open-source maker market. The two companies partnered together to launch a pre-configured Alexa Voice Service (AVS) AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for smart home applications, empowering developers to integrate the Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service into their unique Raspberry Pi projects.

Conexant Systems releases development kit for smarthome apps

This kit will be available to manufacturers and developers via the Amazon AVS for the Raspberry Pi project. According to Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, it created the AVS for Raspberry Pi project to help speed up the development of Alexa smarthome products. Conexant’s development kit will give developers the capabilities to achieve a better AVS user experience through vital voice-processing technologies. – See more at: http://sdtimes.com/tech-companies-form-global-virtual-reality-association-bluetooth-5-now-available-2016-iot-hackathon-winners-announced-sd-times-news-digest-dec-8-2016/#sthash.Xb5iNPoW.dpuf

Conexant Chips for Amazon’s Alexa

Chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. in Irvine is supplying key audio and voice technology to Amazon.com as part of a deal announced this morning. The companies are releasing the AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit that allows manufacturers to develop less costly products featuring Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa.

SK Telecom and Conexant Use Far-Field Speech Recognition for First Smart Speaker in Korea

In a release, Conexant Systems, a provider of audio and voice technology solutions, and SK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile carrier, have announced that they will work together on implementing AudioSmart far-field voice solutions in the new NUGU smart speaker. This will make the Smart Home hub hear users’ requests accurately from at a distance. With this collaboration, NUGU voice will offer the highest voice recognition accuracy rate in Korea, the two companies said.

SK Telecom Turns to Conexant for Far-Field Speech Recognition

SK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile carrier, is implementing Conexant Systems’ AudioSmart far-field voice solutions to help the new NUGU smart speaker hear users’ requests accurately from a considerable distance away from the device.

Welcome to the future; we have noise-canceling USB-C headphones

We’re getting used to Bluetooth headphones, Lightning headphones, and USB-C headphones. We’ve even got noise-canceling USB-C headphones. Conexant Systems introduced a single-chip active noise cancellation CODEC, CX20888, allowing this to happen. It can cancel with a depth of up to 30dB with a range of up to 3.8kHz. Because it’s a single chip, headphone makers can easily make USB-C noise-canceling earbuds that are affordable. It’s got voice control, too.

Conexant Reveals CX20888: A New Chip for USB-C Headsets with Advanced Functionality

Conexant introduced its third CODEC for upcoming digital headsets using a USB Type-C interface. The new CX20888 chip is specifically tailored for headsets and supports a variety of advanced features, such as a headphone amplifier, active noise cancellation, sampling rates up to 96 kHz and so on. The company unveiled the product at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai to attract the attention of Chinese makers of consumer electronics.

Conexant Brings Active Noise Cancellation and Ambient Inclusion to USB-C Headsets
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USB-C is revolutionizing the interface market. Conexant continues to break new ground in the audio accessories field and is enhancing its AudioSmart family of USB-C-compliant audio CODECs with innovative new features. The CX20888 is the only single-chip solution that includes ANC, ambient inclusion and a ‘Wake-On-Voice’ trigger. This unique combination of features allows Conexant to offer the ultimate solution for USB-C headsets used in mobile, gaming and office environments.

Shut Out The World With Noise-Cancelling USB-C Headphones

If you’ve ever had to jam in your earbuds and up the volume to dangerous levels to hear your music over the traffic, you’ll love this. Conexant Systems has introduced a single-chip active noise cancellation CODEC, CX20888; it can cancel extraneous noise with a depth of up to 30dB and range of up to 3.8kHz. The CX20888 chip is tailor-made for headsets, and supports a gamut of advanced features, such as a headphone amplifier, active noise cancellation, sampling rates up to 96 kHz et al.

Conexant enhances AudioSmart technology to enable innovative audio applications

Conexant has successfully driven a wide range of emerging audio applications. At Computex, Conexant will demonstrate its latest-generation AudioSmart 3.0 technology, including highly-efficient, powerful silicon and software solutions that are redefining the audio experience for a range of consumer electronics – such as tablets and PCs.

Conexant AudioSmart Certified for Skype for Business

Conexant Systems is introducing the world’s first PC to receive Microsoft Skype for Business certification as a group speakerphone. This supports and extends the Microsoft Skype for Business Group Speakerphone experience within a single, fully integrated productivity platform. The system features both hardware and software from Conexant that enable users to make and receive telephone calls directly from the PC itself.

Conexant introduces USB Type-C Digital Audio chips

Conexant is the first company to announce chips designed after Intel’s USB-C Digital Audio standard. Although the USB Type-C standard traditionally supports up to 10Gbps bidirectional bandwidth, Conexant’s CX20985 and CX20899 chips will start by supporting USB 2.0 bandwidth up to 480Mbps. This bandwidth rate should still give plenty of headroom for high-fidelity audio transmissions along the 24-bit range with additional functionality.