The Connectivity Standards Alliance has delivered: The association of more than 550 technology companies announced today that the Matter specifications are ready. Version 1.0 of the new smart home standard is now available to developers. The open-source reference design softwae development kit (SDK) is complete, the CSA explains, and the source code for version 1.0.0 can be downloaded from the internet hosting service GitHub (link).
Start of Matter certification with eight test labs
At the same time, the Matter certification program will apparently start with eight test labs. The institutes will not only be able to test products for Matter compatibility, but also test the underlying WLAN and Thread networking technologies, according to the CSA. “This release is the first step on a journey our community and the industry are taking to make the IoT more simple, secure, and valuable“ said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance
More than 280 member companies – including Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Signify and SmartThings – would have contributed their technologies, experiences and innovations to achieve this goal. „We would not be where we are today without the strength and dedication of the Alliance members who have provided thousands of engineers, intellectual property, software accelerators, security protocols and financial resources” said Bruno Vulcano, Chair of the Alliance Board.
Market launch is drawing near
However, this also means that CSA members who already have devices in use and are planning to make these products fit for operation with Matter with a software update can do so as soon as their devices are officially certified. Companies like Eve Systems and Signify have been working on this for a long time and are virtually ready to go. So, it could only be a matter of a few weeks until the first updates are delivered. The market launch of Matter is getting closer. An official launch event has been scheduled for November 3, 2022.
First product categories
The first edition of the standard supports eight product categories for the most important applications in the smart home. More are expected to follow with future Matter releases. The starting repertoire includes:
- Light (lamps and switches)
- Electricity (sockets and switches)
- Heating/HVAC (thermostats and controllers)
- Blinds (shades, shutters)
- Sensors (motion and contact)
- Door locks (smart locks)
- Media player (for streaming)
- Bridges (for Zigbee, Z-Wave etc.)
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