Matter continues to raise suspense as it slowly works its way into the market. After renaming the project from “Project CHIP” to “Matter” back in May, the CSA (Connectivity Standards Alliance) was still pretty confident that it could begin to work its way out there by the end of the year. However, it looks like they are looking to put a little more attention to the final stages to make sure it is competitive enough to make a difference when the time comes. Therefore, they pushed things into “the first half of 2022”.
The alliance’s reasoning behind everything involves making sure the development of the open-source SDK (Software Development Kit) and certification process is up to par with everything else. They plan to hold additional test events with partnered companies looking to collect as much feedback as possible to make sure things go smoothly at launch.
Although Matter’s specs are “feature-complete”, they still have a lot more to learn from partners as they press forward. This is what caused things to be pushed into next year. The alliance plans for the SDK to be released within the first half of 2022, along with the first devices making their way through certification and the certification officially open for others.
In the end, the main goal is to provide a universally compatible ecosystem that can bring all IoT devices together to work with one another. No more having to bridge hubs and make use of third-party service in order to allow different ecosystems to communicate (ie, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Homekit, Alexa, Google, etc).