Renesas commits to Matter support on all its wireless chips

Renesas commits to Matter support on all its wireless chips

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By Nick Flaherty

Renesas Electronics has launched its first development kit that includes support for the new Matter protocol at CES 2023.

The company will also support Matter on all future WiFi, Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread) products, including products from recently acquired Dialog Semiconductor and Celeno Communications.

Matter is an application layer protocol that abstracts the underlying connectivity technologies such as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. It aims to provide interoperability for smart home devices with secure connections regardless of the manufacturer.

Using a common software stack allows device manufacturers to support various smart home ecosystems and voice services. Smart home users will be able to buy any Matter-certified device regardless of their platform of choice.

The first Renesas product supporting the Matter protocol is the DA16200 Ultra-Low Power WiFi Modules Development Kit which provides year-plus battery life for always-connected WiFi IoT devices. 

The DA16200 also supports Renesas Quick Connect IoT through the Ultra Low Power WiFi Pmod Board. It is fully integrated into Renesas’ e2 studio for easy system development.

The move is significant as Renesas has more than a decade of experience in Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi and has shipped over 600m devices.

Connectivity Standards Alliance

“We’re delighted to see an IoT leader such as Renesas commit to supporting the Matter standard. It’s another indication of the positive momentum the standard is generating across both device and equipment makers,” said Chris LaPre, Head of Technology at the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which formalised the Matter 1.0 specification in December.

“As the embedded processing leader, connectivity is a critical part of our IoT solutions,” said Sean McGrath, Vice President of the Connectivity and Audio Business Division in Renesas’ IoT, Industrial and Infrastructure Business Unit. “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.”

Renesas is sampling the DA16200 Development Kit with Matter support to lead customers now and expects to release it broadly by the end of this quarter.

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