Renesas releases Wi-Fi development kit supporting new Matter protocol

Renesas has released its first development kit that includes support for the new Matter protocol. Renesas also announced that it will offer Matter support on all future Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low-Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread) products, including products from Dialog Semiconductor and Celeno Communications, which it recently acquired.

The Matter securely and robustly connects various smart devices with each other across ecosystems, regardless of the manufacturer to address interoperability conflicts for smart home devices. The application layer protocol abstracts the underlying connectivity technologies such as Wi-Fi, Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy. By using a common software stack, device manufacturers who build with Matter will 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.

Renesas is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance. “Connectivity is a critical part of our IoT solutions,” commented Sean McGrath, vice president of the connectivity and audio business division in Renesas’ IoT, industrial and infrastructure business unit. He believed that the company’s broad range of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi solutions, and Thread products in development, mean it is “well positioned to take advantage of the Matter standard in a variety of applications working with customers worldwide.”

Renesas has more than a decade of experience in Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi. With more than 600 million wireless devices shipped, Renesas offers a broad range of connectivity SoCs used in IoT, wearable products and home networking.

The DA16200 Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi Modules development kit is based on the DA16200 SoC, believed to be the world’s first Wi-Fi SoC to deliver year-plus battery life for always-connected Wi-Fi IoT devices. 

DA16200 also supports Renesas Quick Connect IoT through the Ultra Low Power Wi-Fi Pmod board. It is fully integrated into Renesas’ e2 studio for easy system development using Renesas MCU, connectivity and other devices. 

Renesas is sampling the DA16200 Development Kit with Matter support to lead customers now and expects to release it broadly by the end Q1 2023.

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