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How Snapdragon 212 drives smart home product development

Jan 5, 2016

Qualcomm products mentioned within this post are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

New use models and methods for controlling a smart home are beginning to emerge, where new products like control hubs, as well as traditional wireless speakers, sound bars, routers and more are evolving and converging. Where interacting and managing a smart home once required a host of mobile applications to do things like adjust the temp, dim lights, and play music, these connected devices are becoming more inter-connected and more intuitive.

At CES this week, we're introducing our smart home reference platform, based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor. The platform integrates computing, voice recognition, audio, display, camera, connectivity, and control capabilities—ideal for manufacturers and developers eager to pioneer the next generation of intuitive smart home devices.

Centralizing control with voice recognition

Going forward, the shift toward more compute-intensive audio and voice-based interactions with products will play a vital role in streamlining the smart home experience. With Fluence Pro voice recognition and input tech, the smart home reference platform is perfect for developing for smart speakers, control hubs, and many other devices.

Keyword voice wakeup allows users to issue voice commands, while echo cancellation and noise suppression help eliminate unwanted sound that might hamper a voice-controlled smart home. Meanwhile, sound focus and position tracking frees consumers to interact with their devices regardless of their location in the home. [paragraph corrected 1/11/2016*]

Amazing audio

What good is an audio-based platform without great sound? The smart home reference platform incorporates Hi-Fi smart audio technology, which means users can rethink the relationship between their smart homes and their music collections. With up to 24-bit/192-KHz playback and low-power DSP playback offload, users can also enjoy streaming high-quality audio without draining their battery.

Intelligent connectivity

Designed with the Internet of Things (IoT) in mind, the platform features high-end processing and fast connectivity including a quad-core 1.3 GHz ARM7 CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 304 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP to provide a comprehensive computing platform for multimedia and acoustic processing. Comprehensive connectivity through 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Bluetooth Low Energy, NFC and the AllJoyn communication framework also means users can expect seamless device-to-device-to-cloud interactions.

Advanced display capability

Further distinguishing the platform is its display capabilities. The display interface supports resolutions up to 1280x800, frame rates up to 60 frames per second in a QHD format, and includes an 8MP camera with up to 1080p video playback. That means greater options for cover art displays, on-device UI settings, and always-on content like weather, clock, alerts and emergency notifications.

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno, Qualcomm Hexagon, and Fluence Pro are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

[*an earlier version of this post stated that speakerphone mode allows users to issue voice commands, and that far-field echo cancellation helps eliminate unwanted sound that might hamper a voice-controlled smart home. It was corrected 1/11/2016]