Do Connectivity Standards Matter? Find Out Now.

Ken Briodagh
Matter Smart Home
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The conversation around IoT connectivity standards will likely continue forever, as technology continues to evolve. Standards like 5G, Zigbee, and Wi-Fi 6 are driving the industry forward with high-quality, trustworthy industry benchmarks for connectivity. And, according to recent releases from Silicon Labs and The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) (formerly the Zigbee Alliance), there’s a new, compelling kid on the block in the form of Matter, the IoT interoperability effort previously known as Project ‘Connected Home over IP’ or “CHIP.”

The Matter standard is being developed within the CSA by many of its member companies, including Silicon Labs. The silicon, software and solutions provider, which recently announced its decision to be a pure-play IoT company, says the standard is designed to provide interoperable, reliable, secure connectivity across IoT devices and networks. It reportedly simplifies product development and end-user experience through unifying connectivity protocols under one unified standard for LED lighting, smart door locks, HVAC, access control and lots of other Smart Home and Building applications. Silicon Labs says their wireless solutions are available for prototyping Matter end products that will ultimately enhance interoperability and security across all the major connected ecosystems, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google.

To explain everything you need to know is, as one might imagine, a bit of a conversation. That’s why Silicon Labs hosted a virtual panel on Tuesday June 8 at Noon Eastern called, “Project CHIP is Matter: Now What?” Click here to join the panel and find out what you need to know about this smart connectivity standard. The panel is written to offer operational insights for everyone from developers and systems integrators who are ready to get started with Matter to those that are still determining their connectivity strategy and don’t really know where to start, and will include experts from Allegion, Comcast, Nanoleaf, Wyze, Connectivity Standard Alliance and Silicon Labs.

“The success of the IoT industry depends on simplicity, reliability and security, and our wireless solutions for Matter allow developers to focus on innovation and bring products to market that enable a seamless consumer experience,” said Matt Johnson, president, Silicon Labs. 

Matter has been released as a global IoT connectivity standard that builds on top of existing IP-connectivity protocols to enable cross-platform IoT communication. Basically, the universal translator-style connectivity conversion standard that some of us who love simplicity have been asking for years. 

Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of CSA said, “Our ongoing collaboration with industry experts such as Silicon Labs has allowed us to create a secure, industry-unifying standard to serve as the building block of connected devices.”

To find out more, and how you can start using Matter today, click here to join the virtual panel discussion “Project CHIP is Matter: Now What?” on Tuesday, June 8 at Noon Eastern.

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Ken Briodagh
Ken Briodagh - Editorial Director, IoT For All
Ken is Editorial Director at IoT for All. He loves all forms of technology, because he's into fantasy more than sci-fi and even Arthur C Clarke admitted that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." So, where's that ...
Ken is Editorial Director at IoT for All. He loves all forms of technology, because he's into fantasy more than sci-fi and even Arthur C Clarke admitted that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." So, where's that ...