DSP Concepts TalkTo Audio Front End Qualified by Amazon for Alexa Built-In Devices

June 11 2020, 17:00
DSP Concepts announced that TalkTo, its suite of proprietary microphone processing algorithms that use adaptive learning technology to deliver a quiet-room experience in noisy and unpredictable environments, has been qualified by Amazon for Alexa built-in devices using Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This enables more hardware brands to easily build Alexa built-in devices that will perform well even in noisy situations, thanks to TalkTo’s leading sound cancellation technology. 

Amazon rigorously tests all software solutions before adding them to its hub of qualified development kits, and TalkTo is one of just four audio front end reference designs that currently meets Amazon’s standards.

DSP Concepts' TalkTo audio front end is able to cut through everyday noise with Adaptive Interference Cancellation, as much as up to 30 decibels of unreferenced noise to activate Alexa in any environment. This is particularly important given the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses grapple with ways to reduce dependency on touch technology and move to voice input wherever possible. As an example, retail kiosks and food ordering systems using Alexa haven’t been able to move to voice input because Alexa can’t pick up on user commands in noisy environments - with TalkTo they can.

This turnkey audio front end software solution also allows increased design flexibility, supporting 2-mic, 4-mic, 6-mic and custom configurations with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) for up to 7 channels. The highly scalable solutions also automatically optimizes for the needs and capabilities of the target application, including but not limited to smart home/IoT, televisions, soundbars, set top boxes, smart speakers, hearables and wearables.

Developers can access a free trial to evaluate the software and prototype new devices before purchasing a production license. Beyond the qualified configurations, product makers can also tailor their mic configurations depending on how they want the device they are building to function – the design flexibility is a huge benefit. And because of TalkTo’s noise cancellation capabilities, product designers don’t have to worry about mic placement with regards to picking up on a user’s commands. 

“Companies who work in voice-enabled product design understand what this qualification by Amazon means - it is the gold-standard,” says Chin Beckmann, CEO of DSP Concepts. “Not only is TalkTo an incredibly flexible audio front end offered for Alexa Voice Service, our qualification by Amazon means that device manufacturers and audio dev teams can greatly accelerate their development cycles. We look forward to seeing how product makers will use it to accelerate the deployment of Alexa-enabled devices in a variety of end products.” 

For more information and to schedule a demo of TalkTo, please visit https://w.dspconcepts.com/talkto 
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