Chip maker Intel is bringing processors to the market that will enable devices to support multiple voice assistants simultaneously.
The chips, with the code names Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, have been conceived for thin notebooks and two-in-one devices that can serve as both laptops and tablets.
They could also prove interesting for the makers of smart speakers and other technologies and equipment where digital voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant or Microsoft's Cortana are preinstalled.
Voice assistants have so far barely been used in parallel operation – although Microsoft displayed an interaction between Alexa and Cortana earlier this year.
But it's possible with these new chips from Intel thanks to a separate element for digital signal processing with four processor cores, as the company explained in the run-up to the IFA
technology trade fair taking place in Berlin from Aug 31 though Sept 5.
Potentially, it's possible to allow any number of voice assistants to run parallel on one computer with the technology. They should also start up with a wake word like "Alexa" or "OK Google" if the device is in idle mode.
Intel has also improved the network connection with these new chips, among other enhancements. – dpa