Are you considering making Matter a part of your wireless smart home strategy? Or, perhaps you have already identified Matter as the best platform for your smart home business and you are ready to get started! Either way, you have come to the right place! Silicon Labs is here to help you with all things Matter! Learn here: How does Matter work? How to start developing Matter? Which is the optimal hardware for Matter? Which development kit to choose?
Silicon Labs has in-depth expertise in underlying Matter IoT wireless protocols, such as Bluetooth, Thread, and Wi-Fi. We drive Matter protocol development as a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). In fact, we are one of the largest code contributors in CSA alongside ecosystem providers, such as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google. Silicon Labs offers energy-efficient, high-performance wireless hardware and software, development tools, and expertise for Matter, helping you to innovate the world’s best Matter smart home experience!
|Thread Certified||Frequency Bands (MHz)||Flash (kB)||RAM (kB)||Output Power Range (dBm)||MCU Core||TX Current (mA) 0 dBm||RX Current (mA)||RX Sensitivity (dBm)||Security||GPIO|
EFR32MG21 Series 2 SoCs
Zigbee and Thread EFR32MG21 SoCs (Series 2)
|2.4 GHz||512, 768, 1024||64, 96||-20 10,10.5,20||ARM Cortex-M33||10.4||9.4||-104 (250 kbps O-QPSK DSSS)||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2||20|
EFR32MG21 Series 2 Modules
Zigbee and Thread EFR32MG21 Based Modules (Series 2)
|2.4 GHz||1024||96||-20 10,12.5,20||ARM Cortex-M33||—||—||—||—||20|
EFR32MG12 Series 1 SoCs
Zigbee and Thread EFR32MG12 SoCs (Series 1)
|2.4 GHz Sub-GHz||1024||128, 256||-30 10,19||ARM Cortex-M4||8.5, 9.5||8.4, 10.8||-102.7 (250 kbps O-QPSK DSSS), -120.6 dBm (2.4 kbps 2 GFSK 868 MHz)||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2||31, 46, 65|
EFR32MG12 Series 1 Modules
Zigbee and Thread EFR32MG12 Based Modules (Series 1)
|2.4 GHz Sub-GHz||1024||256||-30 10,17||ARM Cortex-M4||—||—||—||—||—|
Silicon Labs offers several Matter compliant development kits for Thread and Wi-Fi ranging from compact, feature-packed low-cost prototyping platforms to multi-node advanced multiprotocol kits for robust, secure mesh networks. See here which kit is the best fit for your needs!
With Silicon Labs, you can already start prototyping with Matter today. We provide you with hardware, software, and several examples for using Matter for smart locks, smart lights, window coverings, and more. The complete package simplifies the development experience so that you can focus on innovating! Follow the three-step process to get started with Matter!
Which protocol should you choose, Wi-Fi or Thread? If your Matter application requires efficient mesh networking with energy-efficient and robust wireless connectivity, then Thread is the optimal choice for you. If you are not power-limited and want to maximize connectivity in the marketplace, Wi-Fi is the well-known universal standard for wireless connectivity in Matter.
When you have all the needed hardware in place, you can start setting up the software development environment. Follow these steps:
Now that you have all of the software environment and the hardware you need, it is time to run code examples. The complete list of Matter code examples can be found on the GitHub repository including tools for testing your Matter project. Code examples provide step-by-step instructions to get you to the point of successfully running code on your Matter network. Some examples provide a simple script that will execute everything for you.
Here are quick links to three popular Matter examples on GitHub:
The Matter protocol leverages existing IP technologies including Wi-Fi and Thread to build a unified wireless connectivity ecosystem for smart homes. IP-based networking provides manufacturers with simplified development while improving device compatibility for consumers.
Motivated by the belief that connected experiences should become more reliable, secure, and work effectively together, the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) has launched Matter (formerly known as Connected Home over IP project). Matter comes in as a unified application layer, a uniting language for devices operating under different IP protocols to communicate over and across different platforms and harmonize IoT development paths.
Matter makes it easier for device manufacturers to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple® Siri®, Google Assistant™, and others. The first specification release of the Matter protocol will run on Wi-Fi and Thread network layers and will use Bluetooth Low Energy for commissioning.
The Matter protocol is built upon IP, so its traffic flows seamlessly across various kinds of networks. Matter uses a common application layer and data model that delivers interoperability between devices allowing them to communicate with each other. Consequently, IP proves to be an ideal way to securely deliver end-to-end communication between a device and another device, app, or service.
Matter builds in defenses against a wide variety of threats. Matter’s security architecture is based on best practices such as “security by design” and “zero trust”. As part of this, Matter builds in security measures so that every message is protected.
On top of supporting IP networks within Matter, developers can leverage Silicon Labs' broad IoT wireless expertise that spans building automation, smart home, industrial IoT, and smart markets to connect a wide range of networks and devices—regardless of the underlying network protocol.
Matter products should be easy to purchase, set up and use
Devices from multiple brands work natively together
Consumers are in control of the privacy and authorization for interaction with the devices
Simplifies development, lowers development & operational costs
Community collaboration improved quality, expedites process and captures broader use-cases
Faster time to market, as developers can leverage existing implementations
Opensource and trusted standard cryptographic algorithms with well protected keys