Soundbar Supports All Major Voice Assistants and a Local Assistant That Leverages Synaptics’ Synap AI Framework to Run Local Natural Language Understanding
3NOD Acoustilink Incorporated announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020 ) its next generation turnkey soundbar platform that leverages Synaptics‘ AudioSmart AS371 SoC with integrated voice and wake word technology and neural network accelerators. Time-to-market and cost are critical for consumer products. This collaboration will enable a “ready to deploy” solution that includes key pre-certifications and quality assurance (QA), thereby dramatically reducing the time required to deploying new soundbar devices in consumer homes.
The soundbar will be showcased at CES 2020 in the 3NOD Acoustilink booth as well as in Synaptics’ booth with two different demo configurations. In the first demo configuration, the soundbar runs a cloud assistant. In the second demo, a local assistant is demonstrated that leverages Synaptics’ SyNAP framework for performing Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and custom wake word for edge-based voice processing. The platform is designed to be able to support all voice assistant configurations.
Zhixiong Liu, Chairman and CEO of 3NOD said: “3NOD is a top global ODM delivering high performance and cost optimized innovations in consumer products. We are very pleased to select Synaptics for our next generation soundbar platforms due to the superior performance and AI features of their SoCs, and the excellent technical collaboration in delivering exceptional solutions to our OEM partners.”
Saleel Awsare, SVP & GM, IoT Division at Synaptics said: “Synaptics is the global leader of edge computing SoCs with AI. 3NOD has done a good job to leverage the capabilities of the AS371 SoC to enable our OEM partners to quickly launch soundbar products whether they are looking to use a cloud assistant or leverage the SyNAP framework for enabling a local assistant with a custom wake word.”