Shanghai, China – February 27, 2020 – NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced the launch of its voice solution SLN-LOCAL-IOT. This is a fully integrated development platform for offline voice control. The solution includes a complete hardware module design and the necessary associated software to implement far-field voice control with customizable wake words and local commands. Based on the i.MX RT106L crossover microcontroller (MCU), the solution addresses the needs of embedded voice control in a wide range of smart home, commercial and industrial markets.
With voice control solutions based on NXP’s i.MX RT106L MCU, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can leverage a “turnkey” solution to dramatically reduce system cost and time-to-market. The solution provides end users with a private, secure, low-latency, hands-free experience. In addition, native voice control solutions eliminate the need for complex, costly cloud connections and can help protect user privacy by supporting audio processing directly on the device. To achieve this, NXP has partnered with Sonos to develop integrated automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology based on machine learning. Sonos, one of the world’s leading sound experience brands, recently acquired Snips, a leader in embedded speech recognition software for businesses, products and services.
“Our partnership with NXP has delivered an industry-leading solution based on Sonos (NASDAQ: SONO) voice commands that offers OEMs a new level of flexibility,” said Joseph Dureau, VP of Voice Experience at Sonos. performance and speed, enabling them to rapidly develop and bring to market advanced offline voice control solutions that provide end users with a completely seamless experience at home and at work, while eliminating privacy concerns.”
About the i.MX RT106L Crossover Microcontroller
The i.MX RT106L, a member of the i.MX RT1060 crossover microcontroller family, is a dedicated solution for off-line embedded local voice control at the edge. It is powered by NXP’s high-performance microcontroller based on the Arm Cortex-M7 core, operating at speeds up to 600 MHz. The i.MX RT106L solution includes Sonos voice command technology (licensed by Sonos), machine learning far-field audio front end, acoustic echo cancellation, barge-in, ambient noise reduction, beamforming, playback processing and many other features. In addition to providing voice control capabilities, the i.MX RT106L MCU can also be used as the main microcontroller in most IoT product implementations.
Product Pricing and Time to Market
The SLN-LOCAL-IOT development kit is available now with an MSRP of $149.