Vesper, MediaTek reference design for voice-enabled IoT products

May 23, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Vesper, MediaTek reference design for voice-enabled IoT products
MEMS microphone maker Vesper (Boston, MA) has announced that its piezoelectric MEMS mics will be included in a reference design from semiconductor company MediaTek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a market leader in voice assisted and rich IoT devices.

Featuring Vesper's proprietary piezoelectric MEMS technology interfaced with MediaTek's MT8516 solution for smart speakers and MT8167 solution for smart displays, the Pumpkin reference design will enable designers to incorporate voice into a broad range of connected devices, such as soundbars, TVs, portable smart speakers, security cameras, appliances, and more. Pumpkin, says the company, is the most feature-rich, highest-performance voice-enabled reference design on the market.

"With the explosion of voice interfaces, MediaTek and Vesper collaborated to make it easier and faster for our customers to bring a seamless, feature-rich voice interface into all their products," says Matt Crowley, CEO of Vesper. "The Pumpkin EVK reference design with MediaTek enables device manufacturers to quickly and easily deliver the voice experience their customers demand."

The reference design supports up to seven analog VM1001 MEMS mics in various configurations for far-field voice performance, as well as dual digital mics. In addition, it also supports Vesper's ZeroPower Listening technology with a VM1010 interface, which enables battery-powered far field product categories in the smart home.

Pumpkin also supports Vesper's new high AOP woofer feedback mic, the VM2020, which can capture audio signals as loud as a jet engine without distortion. This capability, says the company, will create a much louder, bass-rich, air-shaking music listening experience in soundbars, TVs and smart speakers than has ever before been possible.

Mohit Bhushan, Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Business Development at MediaTek adds, "As the No. 1 chipmaker for voice assistant devices, our work with Vesper will continue to accelerate innovation in the IoT landscape. Our high-performance chipsets help intelligent decision-making happen faster with lower power consumption. We look forward to powering the next generation of intelligent devices that make consumers' lives easier."

The Pumpkin Rich IoT hardware evaluation kit will be available through Seeed Studio , expected June 2019. The base kit is available with MediaTek's MT8516 and MT8167 chipset platforms, with the option of add-on peripherals,

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