Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, has announced its AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) won the “Internet of Things (IoT) Product Innovation Award” at the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards 2017. The prestigious annual award recognises a semiconductor reference design or system-level product which demonstrates the capabilities and usefulness of the IoT.
Microsemi’s AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon AVS delivers enhanced audio processing to improve voice recognition rates in adverse audio environments for emerging human to machine (H2M) applications in the IoT, industrial IoT and automated assistance markets. The kit enables third-party developers and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to evaluate and incorporate Alexa functionality in H2M applications, while interfacing with Microsemi’s Timberwolf ZL38063 multi-mic audio processor.
“Microsemi is honored to be recognised with an Elektra Award, as our AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon AVS leverages our state-of-the-art Timberwolf solution to enable truly innovative H2M applications at a time when this market is experiencing exciting growth,” said Roger Holliday, senior vice president and general manager at Microsemi. “Our team prides itself on our ability to tackle the most difficult challenges facing those in the IoT market. As the industry addresses growing demand for reliable, scalable platforms, this device enables developers to quickly and cost-effectively achieve their design criteria.”
Judges of the Elektra Awards described Microsemi’s AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon AVS as a “massive leap forward” for developers looking to integrate Alexa functionality into their products. Its features enable voice control and speech recognition both from a distance and in the presence of noise and audio sounds. The kit has a development board that connects directly to a Raspberry Pi and plastic frames to help position microphones and speakers in targeted applications, providing an ease of setup the judges appreciated. As one judge stated, the device is “a clear winner that will help drive development in this fast-growing market.”
The Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards showcase the finest new products, technology innovation and company performances of the year for the European electronics industry. Established to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe, they present best practices in key areas including, innovation, sales growth and employee motivation. An independent panel of judges assessed the quality of all entries and winners were recognised at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in December 2017.