Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Amazon reportedly paid $90M for security camera company Blink

Amazon reportedly paid $90M for security camera company Blink

Right now, when you ask Alexa a question on a piece of Amazon-branded hardware like the Amazon Echo or Echo Show, your question is whisked off into the cloud for processing. That communication relies on a good connection and could still take several seconds.

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The proprietary technology could give another element of crucial exclusivity to Amazon devices, making them more hard for rival retailers and manufacturers to emulate.

The proprietary chip design will make it harder for rival retailers to copy Amazon's devices, said Matt Crowley, chief executive of Vesper, a sensor and semiconductor company that makes microphones.

Google has been developing custom-designed AI chips called tensor processing units (TPUs) for years now. Its current products and services will continue to operate as normal under Amazon ownership. But he think Amazon is unlikely to offer the kind of support for commercial sales of the chip that other longtime chipmakers do.

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It's not clear when such a shift would happen, but the report notes Amazon has been trying to bolster its chipmaking abilities since it acquired Israeli chipmaker Annapurna in 2015.

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Sources say that paid as much as $90 million in the acquisition of the Blink home security camera maker late in 2017, in a bet it kept secret on the energy-efficient chips of the startup. Both companies have shifted their focus to AI and designing chips for third-party manufacturers like Apple and Amazon.

In related news, Reuters reported that Amazon paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late past year, in a secret bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips. Now, one in every six Americans owns a voice-activated speaker, according to research from NPR and Edison Research.

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