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Content, thewhich aims to unify device communication across platforms, is due for release in 2022. According to the Connectivity Standards Association, this could be as early as the first half of 2022.
During, many major brands have supported the new standard. Here is a summary of what has been announced so far, according to Ted Miller of the Ted Miller Group, which represents the CSA.
CES Matter announcements
CES week brought many announcements of brands pledging their support for Matter and outlining plans for new and existing products that will work with the protocol upon its release.
Arlo Technologies: DIY home security developer announced support for Matter and joined the Matter Working Group.
Amazon: Amazon announced more Matter support withto enable Frustration-Free Setup in its Matter Certified devices and allow customers to control smart home devices without an internet connection using Alexa. This will make it easier for Alexa smart home partners to support Matter over Thread.
Aqara (Lumi): Lumi announced the integration of Matter into its existing hubs via OTA software updates. Content will be supported in Lumi’s newest wall switches and smart plugs. Support for existing Zigbee products is also coming via an OTA update.
Belkin: Belkin announced Matter and Thread support for its WeMo home automation product line.
Comcast: Comcast has announced that its xFi Advanced Gateway Wi-Fi router will support both Zigbee and Matter.
Night Systems: Eve announced Thread support for the Eve Room sensor and 10 Eve products now support HomeKit over Thread. The company expects to have Thread support for its entire lineup of 15 products by early 2022. It also announced new productswhich will support Matter.
GE Lighting: Matter support announced for.
Google: Announcedamong the ongoing support plans for Matter.
LG: It was announced that it will support Matter in its smart home products and appliances.
Mui Labs: Mui Labs, maker of theannounced Matter’s support.
Nanoleaf: Nanoleaf firmware updates for Shapes, Elements and Lines will provide support for Threaded devices over HomeKit, including the Nanoleaf Essentials Bulb and Lightstrip, Apple TV 4K and numerous Eve products (Thermo, Switch, Energy, Aqua, Weather, and Door and Window Sensor ). Nanoleaf says it will support Matter for its current and future range through Thread.
Sined: The smart lighting company, which makes Zigbee and Wi-Fi smart bulbs, has pledged support for Matter.
Schlage: A newincludes Thread support. The locksmith will make its hardware ready to support Matter when it becomes available.
SmartThings: Samsung smart home brandthat Matter will be supported.
Beech: Veea announced that it will adopt Matter as part of its new Stax smart hub hardware and Stax Home Smart Home-as-a-Service offering.
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Several companies began announcing Matter compatibility plans well before CES. Here’s what we already knew going into this year’s tech show.
Amazon:Matter support on most of the Echo product line: Shows, Dots, Studios and Flexi. Amazon also announced that Matter devices could be controlled locally at home using Alexa. Matter over Thread will be supported across most existing and new Echo and Eero devices.
Apple: Apple announced support for Matter in the HomeKit framework in iOS, iPadOS and tvOS.
Night Systems: During an October press conference in Germany, Eve announced broad support for Matter across its existing and future smart home product range.
eWelink (Coolkit): The company announced the integration of Matter into its portfolio, starting with wall panels and plans to expand it.
Google: Google announced support for Matter on Android and Google Nest devices including Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Hub Max and second-generation Nest Hub. Android will get native support for Matter through Google Play services.
Infineon: The company announced in December its first family of multiprotocol system-on-chips with support for the Matter protocol for smart home designs.
Nanoleaf: The smart lighting company announced a new product in November,and said in the ad that it could be upgraded to Matter.
Nordic: The company announced in December that it would show at CES 2022 its nRF52 and nRF53 SoCs supporting the adoption of Matter for smart home products.
Philips Hue (Signify): Over the summer, Philips Hue announced that the Philips Hue Bridge smart lighting hub will be automatically enriched with Matter, making all connected Philips Hue products compatible.
Samsung / SmartThings: Samsung in October announced full adoption of Matter across Samsung Galaxy devices, TVs, Family Hub appliances and SmartThings hubs.
Schneider: The company announced that existing and new Zigbee-based Wiser devices will join the Matter ecosystem using the “bridge” functionality of the upgraded Wiser Hub.
Silicon Laboratories: In December, Silicon Labs announced an Ultra-Small System-in-Package for 802.15.4 Mesh and Multiprotocol Connectivity – including Zigbee and Thread.
What exactly is Matter?
Matter is a new way for smart home devices to connect and communicate with each other. It is a wireless, IP-based standard that started as Project CHIP, for Connected Home over IP, in 2019. Apple, Google, Amazon and Samsung were on board at very early stages, with the aim of helping something to create that will work for everyone.
The idea is to create a communication standard that doesn’t silo devices into specific hubs or smart home platforms. You would, in theory, be able to use your Amazon devices with your Google Assistant or Google Home app and so on.
When Matter starts up, it will run on Wi-Fi and Thread, as well as use Bluetooth LE. That’s why the first step for many of the companies above is to announce Thread integration for their devices. That allows them to work with Matter, and Matter allows them to work with smarter home platforms and voice assistants.
“This is a big bet,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the CSA. “We need a common language and a common standard of interoperability that Matter is going to deliver, so this is the long-term solution.”
It may all seem very much in the weeds to the average consumer (and the average tech journalist), but the long and short of it is that device makers and smart home brands will need Content support to keep up up to the future of smart home technology. If you are straightor adding more devices to your home, check out Compatibility Matters. It’s going to … matter.