NXP’s Matter Development Platforms to accelerate use of new Matter Standard

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NXP Semiconductors has unveiled Matter-enabled development platforms that will simplify and accelerate the creation of Matter devices for smart homes and buildings.

These Matter development platforms are intended to enable designers to easily leverage NXP’s portfolio across processing, connectivity and security solutions to create a wide variety of IoT devices ranging from battery-operated devices like sensors and actuators to complex gateways with Thread Border Router and Matter Controller capabilities.

With the recently announced Matter certification programme and ratified standard, many believe that the smart home market is set for rapid expansion. The new standard, designed within the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) by a consortium of industry leaders, including NXP, brings with it much greater interoperability across the IoT, reducing limitations on how devices communicate. The aims being to provide end users with the flexibility to select a mix of smart devices from different vendors and control them from multiple platforms or ecosystems, without concerns about compatibility.

“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. “NXP’s secure, Matter-enabled development platforms let product teams create value-added features immediately without wasting time on undifferentiated platform software.”

“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.”

NXP’s Matter-enabled development platforms, shipping now, leverage 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 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 programmes where available to enable NXP customer products to work with these and other ecosystems.

The development platforms offer dedicated EdgeLock secure element and secure authenticator to provide full, turnkey Matter security, including Matter device certificate and credential provisioning.

The NXP development platforms offer dedicated EdgeLock SE05x secure element and EdgeLock A5000 secure authenticator to provide full, turnkey Matter security. 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.

As a result, OEMs can 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.

In addition, OEMs can further leverage NXP EdgeLock secure element and secure authenticator, which are Common Criteria EAL6+ certified, to protect user data and user privacy, integrity of devices, and secure connections to multiple clouds, including software update servers.