First Look: Qualcomm Home Hub 100 Development Kit

Designed for voice-controlled IoT applications and officially qualified by Amazon for Amazon AVS

More and more people are using voice assistants, in fact, consumer adoption of voice technology has been faster than any product since the smartphone.

As voice search technology keeps improving and new connected devices keep being created, there is a lack of availability of devices with Amazon Alexa capability and connectivity. Whilst the need for leading development tools and platforms for voice services continues to grow.

Well… we have a solution for you. Introducing the Qualcomm Home Hub 100 Development Kit for Amazon AVS with Amazon Alexa built-in. It is designed to enable fast time-to-market productisation of voice-controlled IoT applications. Read on if you would like to learn more.

What is the Qualcomm Home Hub 100 designed for?

The Home Hub 100 is both a hardware and software development kit designed for voice-controlled products with Alexa built-in.

Based on the power efficient Qualcomm® QCA4020 SoC (System-on-Chip), the Qualcomm Home Hub 100 Platform combines wireless connectivity, cost-effectiveness, security, and voice services for a variety of IoT applications.

This includes, but is not limited to, home automation, smart appliances, smart lighting and home entertainment.

The Home Hub 100 has designed with the intention for manufacturers and developers to integrate, evaluate and test interoperability with AVS in their products before moving into commercial production.

What’s included in the kit?

The Qualcomm Home Hub 100 kit features a Qualcomm QCA4020 Product Development Board as well as a smart audio processing daughter board allowing for advanced voice processor tasks. With built-in software support for AVS, including Wake-on-Voice (WoV), Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), and far-field noise suppression, it is perfect for voice-based application development.

The kits also contains 2 x micro-B USB cables, 2 x speakers and a set up guide to help you get started.

home hub 100 kit content

Why should you buy the Home Hub 100 for Amazon AVS?

Many developers are looking at ways to build devices using Alexa voice capability and connectivity but lack the expertise in this product field to integrate features together, or to properly test before commercial production.

Multi-core Wi-Fi/BLE/15.4 SoC
– Dedicated processor and memory for Wi-Fi (Xtensa7), BLE/802.15.4 (M0+), and user applications (M4F)
– XiP to allow code executed directly from external flash
– Rich peripheral interfaces
– FreeRTOS and ThreadX support
Multi-mode Radio
– Concurrent dual band 1×1 (1-stream) 802.11a/b/g/n, BLE 5.0 and 802.15.4 (ZigBee/Thread) with HW based coexistence arbitration and OEM selected prioritization
– BLE SIG Mesh, ZigBee 3.0 and OpenThread 1.1
– Full network (TCP/IP) and cloud protocol stacks
Advanced Hardware Security
– Hardware root of trust, trusted execution environment
– Integrated hardware crypto accelerators
– Secure boot, storage security, secure debug, Securekey provisioning, PRNG, etc.
– Wi-Fi security: WEP, WPA/WPA2/WPA3, WPS, etc.

Configuration Setup

To help you get set up, use the diagram below to follow recommended configuration:

Summary of the key features of the Home Hub 100:

QCA4020 SoC integrating 3 processors with their isolate  memory resource and dual-band 1×1 802.11n Wi-Fi, BLE 5, and 802.15.4
Smart voice processor with Wake-on-Voice (WoV), full-duplex Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), and far-field noise suppression.
Various IDE options for software development with on-board FTDI2232 chip for 4-wire JTAG debugging
Rich headers including Arduino for easy extension, multiple extension ports, speaker interface, head-phone jack, keypad
Test-points for power measurement, battery connection, boot-configuration, and other measurements and USB Interface for RF and manufacturing tests
8 on-board sensors (relative humidity and temperature, pressure, ambient light, 3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3-axis compass, PIR motion)
Open-sourced hardware design (schematics and layout files) and available online community support.
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