DSP Group and SGW Global develop cordless phones with Alexa Support

DSP Group and SGW Global develop cordless phones with Alexa Support
Wireless chipset provider DSP Group and consumer IoT product maker SGW Global announced at Mobile World Congress 2018 that they have partnered to bring a new line of voice devices with Amazon Alexa support.

With a simple command like “Alexa, call Mum using moto,” users will be able to place a call at home using cordless phone under the Motorola brand.

These Alexa-enabled voice devices tout an always-on connection to the Alexa voice service, long battery life with rechargeable batteries and a friendly yet functional user design.

SGW said it saw a tremendous opportunity in “creating a truly wireless solution,” to take Alexa to places around the house where an electrical outlet isn’t always convenient.

Based on DSP’s SmartVoice and advanced ULE (Ultra Low Energy) SoCs (System-on-a-Chip), the new devices come in both stand-alone puck sized ULE versions and HD Voice DECT handset models.

As these devices use the same core technology as DECT cordless phones, the range is superior to other wireless technologies on the market. Interference-free sound quality is assured because of the protected spectrum DECT, according to DSP.

SGW will also introduce a new over-the-top (OTT) bridge base station based on DSP’s integrated DECT and ULE chipset. The base station will be used to connect the new devices, without the need for a subscription-based service for home automation capabilities.

“With Voice UI taking a center stage and becoming the preferred way for users to interact with their devices, we see a need to offer hands-free Voice UI to battery-operated devices with extremely long lives based on our SmartVoice technology,” said Tali Chen, CVP Corporate Development of DSP Group. “By adding ULE, DSP can give a new life and mobility to devices and opening the door to many new applications, Chen added.

“We are seeing great demand for products that capture clear high-quality voice transmission as well as increasing adoption of voice interface applications. We are excited to partner with DSP Group to further penetrate this rapidly developing and high-growth segment,” said Richard Hall-Smith, Product Director of SGW.

DECT is and remains the chosen RF technology for two-way voice as it has proven itself as the most reliable technology that supports a superior telephony experience in the home, DSP said.

With the growing adoption of voice user interface, a partnership with voice experts DSP Group was the natural choice, SGW said. ULE, and its underlying DECT technology, is the ideal choice for voice transmission, and when combined with SmartVoice always-on DSP, it enables any device to be easily transformed into a voice-enabled product, SGW added.
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