MediaTek's MT8516 2-Mic Development Kit for Alexa Voice Service Makes its Debut

By Laura Dolan

Senior Copywriter


September 06, 2019


MediaTek's MT8516 2-Mic Development Kit for Alexa Voice Service Makes its Debut

New reference solution enables manufacturers to quickly design and bring to market smart devices with far-field speech recognition technology and multi-room music.

MediaTek launched the MT8516 2-mic development kit for Alexa Voice Service (AVS), assisting developers in building better quality voice-assistant products and speeding up the process of generating far-field products with Alexa built-in, including multi-room music (MRM) capabilities.

The MT8516 kit is conducive for many voice assistant devices and audio applications including speakers, sound bars, smart home hubs, industrial applications and smart home appliances. It includes a quad-core ARM Cortex-A35 application processor, has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities and also combines audio front-end and post-processing technologies.  

The MT8516 platform includes the following technology components:

  • AVS Device SDK
  • Amazon multi-room music (MRM)
  • MediaTek far-field algorithms
  • Amazon wake-word engine (WWE)
  • MediaTek PowerAQ

“As the number one chipmaker for voice assistant devices, MediaTek is at the forefront of the connected device revolution, powering some of the most innovative voice recognition products in homes today,” said MediaTek Corporate Senior VP and GM of the Intelligent Devices Business Group, Jerry Yu. “The MT8516 development kit accelerates the development of devices with voice technology, making it easier for developers to bring consumers smart speakers, soundbars and other home appliances with the latest features.”  

To find the MT8516 reference solution on Amazon’s developer portal, click here.

To learn more about the MT8516 development kit with Far-Field algorithm, visit:

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