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Qualcomm innovations at CES 2018

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Sherri Watson | 10 January, 2018, 17:41

The Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform with Cortana integration is scheduled to be available to device makers in the first half of 2018, according to a release from Qualcomm.

The world's largest smartphone chip company based in the USA said its two Qualcomm Home Hub platforms support Google's Android Things.

The platform offers two hardware options, along with a comprehensive set of software configurations which are created to address smart speaker use cases for all tiers of product.

This comprehensive solution is engineered to help reduce the complexity of smart speaker development, improve development time and reduce cost. It also announced that the Smart Audio Platform has also gained certification from other virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana.

Qualcomm Technologies announced radio frequency front-end (RFFE) design wins with OEMs such as Google, HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile. To boost its market share, Microsoft is planning to jointly build smart audio platform with Qualcomm.

"Our Smart Audio Platform helps allow traditional speaker OEMs to more efficiently join and participate in the growing smart speaker segment".

A senior executive from Qualcomm said that, taking the benefits of the capabilities and features of Cortana, manufacturers can deliver user experiences on a new platform.

Qualcomm has announced its plan to make a smart speaker development kit based on the Smart Audio Platform at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. Anticipated to begin in 2019, BYD electric vehicles are planned to feature integrated infotainment and digital cluster systems powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform.