NXP pushes security in Matter 1.0 development boards

NXP pushes security in Matter 1.0 development boards

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By Nick Flaherty

NXP Semiconductors has updated its range of development platforms for the creation of devices for smart homes and buildings using the latest Matter1.0 standard.

The development platforms support the latest Matter 1.0 standard with security for the wireless and processor chips.

The new standard, designed within the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), is intended to boost interoperability across the IoT, reducing limitations on how devices communicate. This will give smart home and building end users the flexibility to select a mix of smart devices from different vendors and control them from multiple platforms or ecosystems, without concerns about compatibility.

“You build the Matter 1.0 software we have in the GitHub and download to the board,” said Sujata Neidig, Director of Product Marketing for NXP Semiconductors.

The platforms are currently awaiting confirmation of Matter Certification from the Connectivity Standards Alliance. NXP is also working with Apple, Amazon, Google and SmartThings and participating in Matter Early Access programs where available to enable NXP customer products to work with other Matter devices.

The first boards support the IW612, a secure tri-radio device to support the Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 and 802.15.4 protocols, enables Matter Innovation across a range of MCUs and MPUs.

NXP also plans to launch fully integrated multi-protocol and tri-radio MCUs optimized for Matter including Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth Low-Energy in early 2023.

The Matter-enabled development platforms use commercially available evaluation boards and tools to ease, speed and de-risk IoT development with downloadable software, Getting Started guides, application notes, schematics, training videos and the Connectivity Support community.

These include a dedicated SE05x secure element and EdgeLock A5000 secure authenticator  to provide full, turnkey Matter security, including Matter device certificate and credential provisioning.

These Plug & Trust security components, which can be connected to any type of processor using a standard I2C interface, take care of provisioning Matter attestation keys and certificates to the device and provide hardware-accelerated execution of Matter authentication protocols.

This allows designers to simplify and accelerate manufacturing and compliance to Matter security specifications, in particular the generation and injection of attestation and commissioning credential, as well as security logistics associated with Matter ecosystem.

“Matter is the first industry standard that enables multi-device, multi-vendor and multi-ecosystem interoperability for smart home products from major consumer electronics manufacturers. Matter removes barriers to deploying IoT at scale while creating new opportunities for product innovation,” said Bill Curtis, Analyst in Residence for IoT and Edge at Moor Insights & Strategy.

“Our vision of the intelligent smart home is one that more accurately anticipates and automates our daily routines and needs. The interoperability Matter provides is crucial to delivering on that promise,” said Rafael Sotomayor, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Edge Processing and Connectivity & Security at NXP. “These platforms simplify and accelerate the development of a wide range of Matter devices by delivering a seamless combination of the foundational technologies developers need to bring the vision of the truly intelligent smart home one step closer to reality.”

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