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HiSilicon Introduces Reference Solution to Simplify Adding Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to Set-Top Boxes

Amsterdam, Netherlands - 13 September 2018 – HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd, a leading fabless IC semiconductor company, is pleased to announce a reference solution available today that enables consumers to use the convenience of Alexa via a push-to-talk (PTT) voice remote for set-top box (STB) and TV applications. Customers can now access Alexa and display key Alexa content on the TV connected to the STB. This solution, qualified by the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS), simplifies the effort for operators and device makers to upgrade existing STBs or integrate the convenience of Alexa into new production devices.

The reference solution is based on the Hi3798MV200, a member of HiSilicon’s UHD HDR10 product family. HiSilicon provides a full portfolio of set-top box chipset solutions from entry-level HD to high-end UHD. Because they share APIs with a common software architecture, this solution for the Hi3798MV200 can be leveraged across the entire SoC portfolio with ease.

The development kit for this solution includes a HiSilicon’s Hi3798MV200 evaluation board running Linux and the AVS Device SDK with display cards, and a PTT remote with USB receiver dongle. HiSilicon plans to provide future feature updates such as video skills and multi-room music. The voice remote provides flexibility for an operator to retrofit existing STBs to add Alexa by simply swapping the remote, adding a USB receiver dongle, and updating the STB software.

“Being able to work with the Alexa Voice Service team to make Alexa and display cards available on HiSilicon’s Hi3798MV200 SDK provides our OEM partners with an easy path to integration and provides a rapid market deployment opportunity,” said John Liu, GM of STB product line, HiSilicon. “The operators can take advantage of this to upgrade existing deployed designs or add this feature to new designs, offering their end-users an entirely new user experience with the convenience of Alexa.”

This kit is available to select OEMs and Operators. Visit HERE for more details.