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We consider warm inflation with a Dirac-Born-Infeld (DBI) kinetic term in which both the non-equilibrium dissipative particle production and the sound speed parameter slow the motion of the inflaton field. We find that a low sound speed parameter removes, or at least strongly suppresses, the growing function appearing in the scalar of curvature power spectrum of warm inflation, which appears due to the temperature dependence in the dissipation coefficient. As a consequence of that, a low sound speed helps to push warm inflation into the strong dissipation regime, which is an attractive regime from a model building and phenomenological perspective. In turn, the strong dissipation regime of warm inflation softens the microscopic theoretical constraints on cold DBI inflation. The present findings, along with the recent results from swampland criteria, give a strong hint that warm inflation may consistently be embedded into string theory.

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