Back in 2013, Facebook and Intel joined their forces together to work on photonics with the aim to empower data centers with swift data connectivity (100 gigabits/second). This time, Intel had set its sight for the largest online retailer of the world. Yep, that’s Amazon. This collaboration is likely to bring a series of new inventions in smart home gadgets. Intel based speaker being the first one on this list. The corporate giants announced its release along with AWS (Amazon Web Services) at the re:Invent conference held in Las Vegas this week.
What’s the Big Deal about Intel Based Speaker?
They’re going to sweep all users off their feet with the cutting edge FFRD technology. FFRD or Form Factor Reference Design is a custom-tailored modular board design. It is developed to fit inside a design frame. This saves time on developing a new board layout. The brand new audio player will include our favorite virtual assistant Alexa.
Mutual Sharing of Technology will Help Both Companies
Amazon knew it cannot explore novel possibilities in audio digital assistance by keeping Alexa restricted to Echo speakers. Therefore, they chalked out this partnership to open third-party integration. This unique technology amalgam will help both developers design a variety of gadgets with Alexa on board. Amazon is the happiest out of the two since its JAM Voice has already arrived in the tech market this Thursday.
JAM portable speakers are laced with touch-activated integration, AVS (Alexa Voice Service), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity that make it one of the smartest devices present in the market today. However, it’s nothing like the first FFDR Intel based speaker that is due in the initial months of 2017.
The said product is rumored to support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and Zigbee. Thus, ensuring complete connective inside homes and offices. They’ll rope in Amazon’s voice settings and Intel’s architecture. Amazon will be developing SDK that is Software Development Kit in the near future. This reference design will make it easy for manufacturers to integrate audio/video features in electronic products.
This surely got you excited, isn’t it?