Renesas Electronics has become the latest to formally pledge its support to the new Matter standard for Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, promising that all its future Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Thread devices will include Matter support as standard — while also unveiling a new development kit for those looking to experiment with Matter.
"As the embedded processing leader, connectivity is a critical part of our IoT solutions," claims Sean McGrath, vice president for connectivity and audio in Renesas' IoT, Industrial, and Infrastructure arm. "With our broad range of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi solutions, and Thread products in development, we're well positioned to take advantage of the Matter standard in a variety of applications working with customers worldwide."
Developed by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, of which Renesas is a member, and originally known as Project Connected Home over IP, Matter aims to solve the fragmentation issue in the Internet of Things and smart home sectors: any Matter-certified device, regardless of manufacturer, can be used with any other Matter-certified device — including managing it from a third-party app or dashboard.
Joining Google and Amazon in announcing support for the standard, Renesas has unveiled its first Matter device: The DA16200 system-on-chip, designed to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on a year-long battery life for always-connected IoT devices. The SoC will also form part of a dedicated development kit, integrated into the company's E2Studio, which it has confirmed is sampling to "lead customers" now with general availability before the end of the quarter.
At the same time, Renesas has confirmed plans to make every Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Thread (IEEE 802.15.4) product it releases from here on out Matter-compatible — though has yet to state whether it will be bringing Matter to any of its existing devices as a firmware update.
More information on the DA16200 developer's kit is available on the Renesas website.