Arrow Partners with Conexant Systems on Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Products

Arrow Electronics has entered into a preferred global agreement with Conexant Systems, a provider of audio and voice technology to distribute and source components and provide technical design support for Conexant's AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

"Conexant looks forward to working with Arrow to reach the growing community of makers, developers, and manufacturers who are driving exciting innovations in voice-enabled, smart technology," said Kurt Hoff, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Conexant, in a statement. "Arrow is uniquely positioned to support the demand and fulfillment needs for our Amazon AVS-approved AudioSmart dev kit globally."

Conexant recently announced a collaboration with Amazon on an AVS-approved AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit. Featuring the Conexant AudioSmart CX20921 high-performance hands-free Voice Input Processor and Alexa wake word technology, the Conexant AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit will help developers and manufacturers build Alexa-enabled products.

"The engineers, makers, and innovators that Arrow serves will be able to create Alexa-enabled proof of concepts and prototypes in a matter of mere weeks with Conexant's AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit, which will dramatically accelerate their time to market," said Murdoch Fitzgerald, vice president of semiconductor marketing at Arrow, in a statement. "Arrow looks forward to collaborating with Conexant to make a variety of consumer electronic devices and industrial applications smarter and voice-enabled."

The Conexant AVS-approved AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit is designed to be integrated into any third-party AVS system prototype based on the Raspberry Pi. Its dual-microphone voice processing capability recognizes the Alexa wake word and delivers speech requests from anywhere in a room, even in noisy, real-world conditions. It also enables voice barge-in capabilities, allowing users to interrupt their Alexa devices, even when they are playing music.

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