Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Amazon makes Echo reference design available to third-party device makers

Amazon makes Echo reference design available to third-party device makers

Amazon opening it up to select developers could allow for more uniformity across the Echo/Alexa ecosystem and offer developers an easier way than sourcing or developing their own microphone solution elsewhere. Called Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development, the new offering includes the hardware designs for Echo microphones; the software for word recognition, noise reduction, and echo cancellation; and the ability to integrate Alexa.

In an investor note in March, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said Alexa be worth as much as $10 billion in revenue for Amazon by as early as 2020.

Amazon is designing the technology that delivers its Echo line of gadgets so skilled at comprehending your voice commands accessible to third-party device creators. In their official release, they suggest that wireless speakers, sound bars, smart home hubs, and home entertainment systems will be right on target. The new platform is created to simplify the creation of new voice-control devices and will enable customers and partners to develop their own devices with Alexa. About half of that estimated revenue could come from the sale of Alexa-enabled devices, but also from consumers ordering products from Amazon's site by talking to Alexa. This availability will be paired with an "exclusive, invite-only program".

SEATTLE, Wash. - April 13, 2017 - Amazon today announced that for the first time it is making the high-performance far-field microphone array and voice processing technology found in Amazon Echo available to hardware makers who want to build the Alexa experience into their products. OEMs will be able to request an invite to this program through developer.amazon.com and will find out about timing for the program in the near future.

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