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Amazon’s AZ1 Neural Edge processor will make Alexa voice commands even faster

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Amazon unveiled the AZ1 Neural Edge processor, a silicon module that will speed up Alexa’s ability to answer your queries and commands by hundreds of milliseconds per response. The company built this module alongside MediaTek, and it will allow for on-device neural speech recognition for new products, and it’s built into the new Echo and Echo Show 10 it announced today. These products, Amazon says, have “the on-device memory needed to support this level of processing.” The AZ1 will be built into more products in the Echo lineup going forward.

Amazon’s preexisting products without the AZ1 send both the audio and its corresponding interaction to the cloud to be processed and back. Comparatively, these new ones that have the AZ1 built in can handle the audio on-device, thus limiting the amount of time it takes to give users a response. And despite how these devices process your voice, how you view your voice history and utterances in the Alexa app isn’t changing.

Amazon says these latency benefits will be available first for English in the US, but it plans to expand to more languages “in time.”

This partnership between Amazon and MediaTek is reminiscent of Microsoft’s partnership with Qualcomm on the SQ1 processor made for the Surface Pro X, at least in terms of big companies co-engineering silicon with chip makers. In practice, the AZ1 seems more similar to Google’s Neural Core that’s implemented in the Pixel 4. In addition to helping to improve photography, that dedicated chip enables the device to understand spoken English, to the point where it can transcribe recordings in real time without being connected to the internet.

Amazon hasn’t made the claim that these Echo devices can be used offline, but by handling more on-device than in the cloud, it should make for a slightly better user experience. We’ll be testing it out soon in the Echo Show 10.

Developing. Check out our live blog for more news from the Amazon event as it happens.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

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Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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