Dual Microphones, Smart Assistants, and More: Microsoft and Intel Team Together to Improve PCs

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4Q 2016 | IN-4377


Microsoft and Intel Team to Catch up with Amazon Echo and Google Home


Microsoft and Intel organized a hardware conference, known as the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC), to energize and organize PC OEMs around the next initiatives needed to succeed in the tough PC market. During the conference, Microsoft and Intel announced project EVO, a platform for 2017 that will bring new capabilities to PCs. In addition to discussing a set of virtual reality (VR) specifications designed to enable mere mortals to tap into VR, Intel is recommending dual microphone implementations for “far-field voice activation”, similar to systems enabled in Amazon Echo. 

These features will enable watchword wake-up (Hey Cortana), listening from across the room, and overall improved voice control. (Note: that Intel is exclusively partnering with Microsoft; at AWS re:Invent in early December 2016, Intel also announced it will be participating in Amazon’s Alexa on its smart home platform reference design).

The Voice Assistant Battleground


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