Arrow Electronics Collaborates with Conexant Systems to Accelerate the Development of Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Products

Arrow is not only distributing, but also sourcing components and providing technical design support for Conexant’s AudioSmart™ 2-Mic Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) has entered into a preferred global agreement with Conexant Systems, Inc., a leading provider of audio and voice technology solutions that enable a more natural user experience. Arrow is not only distributing, but also sourcing components and providing 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. "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 quickly and easily build Alexa-enabled products that provide users with an ideal voice experience.

"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. "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 easily 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 device when it is playing music or other types of sound.

To learn more about the Conexant AVS-approved AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit available through Arrow, please visit https://www.arrow.com/en/products/ds20921-evk/conexant-systems.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries. Learn more at www.fiveyearsout.com.

About Conexant Systems

Conexant Systems, Inc. is the CE industry's go-to source for hardware and software solutions that offer unrivaled performance for audio and voice applications. The company combines its significant IP portfolio in DSP, analog and mixed signal technology with embedded software to enrich and expand audio and voice capabilities of products across nearly every vertical of the CE space. Founded in 1999, Conexant is a privately-held fabless semiconductor and audio technology engineering company headquartered in Irvine, California with offices and design centers worldwide.

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