Amazon bought Blink in secret chip deal

Amazon Echo devices currently need a plugged in power source to work

However, Amazon confirmed that the complainant's device did order Purina cat food on the day the ad was seen, which the customer immediately cancelled.

The addition of custom chips is meant to speed up the response times of Alexa, the company's AI assistant, a person familiar with the company's plans told The Information. Not much is known about the deal as Blink announced it in a December 21 blog post without revealing much more than the price tag.

The company claims its cameras can last up to two years with just two AA batteries.

The report also hints that the company might be working on AI chips for AWS. In the past three years, the e-commerce firm spent hundreds of millions to purchase Annapurna Labs and security camera maker Blink, the moves indicating that Amazon is dead serious on advancing its own AI knowledge base.

When you ask current-gen Echo speakers a question, they package that request into data and send it to the cloud where it gets processed and sent back. Its little-known owner, Immedia Semiconductor, was started in MA by old hands from the chip industry. CEO Peter Besen and two co-founders came from Sand Video, which they sold to Broadcom in 2004.

While no true objective or explanation was given, most assumed Amazon wanted to farm Blink's technology for use in its own products or to enter new markets entirely.

Amazon.com, Inc. shares rose $20.00 (+1.49%) in premarket trading Monday.

Amazon is also believed to be working on an AI chip for data centres for its cloud computing subsidiary, Amazon Web Services.

The Eufy Genie smart speaker from Anker featuring Amazon Alexa integration is on sale for 43% off today. Battery life is a big concern for smart home devices, most of which require a constant source of power to work as promised. The company is now producing A.I. chips that specifically suit Amazon's own hardware needs.

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