NXP Releases Development Platform for Offline Voice Recognition

“…the joint solution will reduce the amount of time and money needed to bring a new device to the market, and allow manufacturers to implement their own custom wake words and commands.”

NXP Releases Dev Kit for Offline Voice Recognition

NXP has released a new development platform that is intended to support offline voice control. Dubbed SLN-LOCAL-IOT, the solution is built with NXP’s i.MX RT106L crossover microcontroller (MCU), which was designed to make it easier for equipment manufacturers to introduce voice commands in a range of IoT devices. The MCU itself made its debut back in September.

SLN-LOCAL-IOT utilizes Automatic Speech Recognition technology from the voice recognition specialist Snips. That technology is being delivered through NXP’s partnership with Sonos, which recently added Snips to its portfolio.

According to NXP, the joint solution will reduce the amount of time and money needed to bring a new device to the market, and allow manufacturers to implement their own custom wake words and commands. The solution offers greater security because commands are processed on the device rather than in the cloud.

“The collaboration provides a new level of flexibility and speed for OEMs seeking to develop advanced offline voice control solutions that offer seamless experiences while eliminating privacy concerns,” said Sonos Voice Experience VP Joseph Dureau.

The SLN-LOCAL-IOT development kit is now available at a $149 price tag. NXP has also unveiled a i.MX RT106F MCU to enable offline facial recognition in the same way that the i.MX RT106L enables offline voice commands. That facial recognition MCU is similarly geared towards embedded IoT applications.