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Introducing the Qualcomm Home Hub Platform

Qualcomm Technologies has been a leader in the mobile revolution since its earliest days. We invented the technology that helped connect people all over the world. Now we are helping connect people to all the things in their world. We're already shipping more than a million chips per day for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and we anticipate this will only grow. In fact, it's expected that by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion connected devices—that's three devices for every person on the planet.

We’re uniquely positioned to help manufacturers rapidly develop and commercialize their connected IoT products – creating solutions for this sector’s specific challenges by tapping into more than three decades of experience and our vast portfolio of connectivity, computing, and security innovations.

At this year’s CES, you’ll notice a trend towards products that aren’t just connected; they’re intelligent. We’ve recently announced several platforms to help accelerate the proliferation of AI-enabled devices from wearables to automotive to appliances.

The Lenovo Smart Display, for instance, is a voice-activated digital assistant powered by our newly announced Qualcomm Home Hub Platform and infused with the convenience and utility of the Google Assistant.

The Smart Display is engineered to instantly transform any room into a digital interface. A simple “Hey Google” allows users to tap into the internet’s boundless wealth of knowledge (everything from cardiology to the Kardashians), streaming content (music, video, radio, podcasts), as well as hyper-personalized information (calendars, weather forecasts, local traffic conditions).

Just as you would converse with the Google Assistant on your smartphone, the always-listening Smart Display enables natural language interactions via a 10-watt full-range speaker. The intuitive voice UI is complemented by an HD touchscreen display on the 8-inch model, and Full-HD display on the 10-inch, which provides a vibrant visual dimension (e.g. you can summon specific images from your recent vacation via Google Photos, or ask to see a relevant instructional video on YouTube when your hands are otherwise occupied).

When in sleep mode, the Smart Display also doubles as a digital picture display to showcase images from a folder in Google Photos or other background images of your choosing. It even comes with a front-facing camera to facilitate cross-platform video chats, which can be set up with a few choice words (e.g. “Hey Google, Call Mom”).

In addition to the Smart Display’s helpful human-to-computer interactions, it also plays nicely with all the other connected things in your home. The Smart Display can be the singular command hub for all your smart devices, including those using Google’s Android Things platform, which can connect everything from lights to ovens to stereo systems. Users need only utter a few words to turn their Nest thermostat up or down, pre-heat their connected oven, or command their smart bulbs to alter the mood lighting any room.

The Lenovo Smart Display is one of the first devices based on our Qualcomm Home Hub Platform supporting Android Things. At the Smart Display’s heart lies a Qualcomm SDA624 SoC which features an integrated CPU, GPU, and DSP as well as robust Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The platform incorporates edge computing capabilities while bringing multimedia, video camera, touch display, echo-cancellation, noise suppression, and “barge-in” capability, supporting a voice user interface in loud or noisy environments even when users are far from the device.

The Lenovo Smart Display 10-inch variation will be available in natural bamboo color, with the 8-inch model in soft grey. Both models are expected to be available in early summer.

Qualcomm Technologies innovations have helped define the mobile age. Now, as the very definition of mobile expands, we will be there to help the industry shape and make the most of the future.

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