Last spring, the arrival of Matter was announced after the summer, a new standard that sought to bring together the big names of the connected home industry under the same protocols to achieve a unified system of interconnectable and compatible equipment.
The idea originated in 2019 when progress began in creating an alliance under the name Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP) which had initial backing from Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and the Zigbee Alliance, organizations to which dozens of other companies such as as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy or Wulian, among others, were added later, adding more than 180 members.
Matter offers seamless operation with all current connected voice and home assistants including Alexa, HomeKit with Siri, Google Assistant, SmartThings and more. In addition, it will work on current communication and connectivity standards such as Ethernet (802.3), Wi-Fi (802.11), Thread (802.15.4) and Bluetooth low energy.
However, it looks like we will have to continue to wait a few more months, because as posted on the Zigbee Alliance website, the arrival of the standard will be delayed until the first half of 2022 as its creators need more. time to develop. the developer kit and other tools to meet “market expectations”.
This time will be necessary, according to the persons in charge, to ensure “an optimal quality of operation” but also that it is possible to deploy Matter on a large scale.
The idea of the brands responsible for the new standard is to be able to have a final working version early next year that will be adopted both in new equipment and devices as well as in some that may be upgraded. up to date with new software as Philips already reported for its HUE Bridge a few months ago.
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