Silicon Labs has announced the availability of new families of system-on-chips (SoCs) that will enable the Matter standard as well as artificial intelligence, machine learning, multiprotocol wireless and Bluetooth capabilities.
Called the BG24 and MG24, the SoCs will allow smart home companies to develop internet of things (IoT) devices that will be smart, efficient and help with home automation. And because these ICs are built to support the Matter standard, when launched, new IoT devices will be connected through one single ecosystem regardless of manufacturer.
What is Matter?
Originally proposed in 2019, the Matter standard is designed to simplify the smart home with unified internet protocol-based connectivity with a standard universal protocol for developers to build internet of things (IoT) devices.
When it is released, the Matter standard will allow homeowners to control all their smart home devices — regardless of manufacturer — under a single ecosystem. That means devices from Google, Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Comcast or any other company will work together for the first time.
For example, Matter could allow an Amazon Echo, a Google Nest and GE smart lightbulbs to be controlled through one app.
Developing Matter devices
Silicon Labs has signed up more than 50 customers and partners that have been working with the BG24 and MG25 SoCs to develop Matter-based smart home devices.
- Viewssmann, a heating and refrigeration vendor, has started integrating the SoCs into its portfolio to introduce battery-powered heating and refrigeration products.
- Leedarson, a smart home manufacturer, is using the MG24 SoC to support the Matter standard and developing applications to support the standard in new smart home devices.
- Tuya Smart has selected the MG24 SoC to support Matter devices for new smart home connectivity such as Zigbee solutions.
- Nanoleaf is also using the MG24 series to create a unified smart home rooted in open communication and flexibility through the Matter standard.