Under this partnership, Baidu will use the latest technology from Qualcomm to optimize its DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence (AI) system for smartphones.
To be precise, the partnership will focus on optimizing DuerOS with Qualcomm Aqstic hardware and software, to support a complete AI voice and smart assistant solution for global smartphone and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Always-on, low power, voice activation running on the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec (WCD934x, WCD9335) supporting DuerOS – activation is achieved simply by saying the phrase “Xiaodu Xiaodu.”
The innovation also includes echo cancellation and noise suppression so that users can talk to their DuerOS device powered by Snapdragon at any time.
Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, said, “The collaboration with Baidu will bring AI for voice enabled solutions to next-generation Snapdragon mobile platforms, allowing users to wake up smartphones and IoT devices using their voice in their natural language at any time and at extremely low power, while utilizing Baidu’s DuerOS voice services.”
“Through the collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, we will bring a new AI voice experience to OEMs of smartphones and IoT devices around the world. Leveraging Baidu’s strengths in AI, big data, knowledge graph, information and services ecosystems,” said Kun Jing, general manager, Duer business unit, Baidu.