The Connectivity Standards Alliance has announced the release of Matter 1.2, the second update to the Matter standard.
Matter 1.2 – now available for device manufacturers and platforms – brings a slew of enhancements, including nine new device types, core specification improvements, and robust certification and testing tools.
New device types
Matter 1.2 introduces support for a range of new devices, enhancing interoperability and security. These include:
- Refrigerators: In addition to basic temperature control, this device type encompasses a wide range of related appliances, including deep freezers and specialised fridges designed for items such as wine.
- Room air conditioners: Standalone units with temperature and fan mode control.
- Dishwashers: Featuring remote start, progress notifications, and operational error alerts.
- Laundry washers: Providing cycle completion notifications.
- Robotic vacuums: Supporting various cleaning modes and detailed status reporting.
- Smoke & carbon monoxide alarms: Notifications, audio-visual signals, and self-testing features.
- Air quality sensors: Reporting on various pollutants with location-based AQI information.
- Air purifiers: Utilising Air Quality Sensors, offering filter status notifications.
- Fans: Including movement control, airflow direction adjustment, and speed settings.
In addition to new devices, Matter 1.2 includes core specification enhancements:
- Latch & bolt door locks: Tailored for European markets.
- Device appearance: Descriptions for accurate device representation.
- Device & endpoint composition: Hierarchical device modelling for complex setups.
- Semantic tags: Enabling consistent rendering and application across different clients.
- Operational states: Expressing device modes in a generic way for universal support.
Matter 1.2 brings vital improvements to testing and certification:
- New platform support in SDK: Expanding developer possibilities.
- Enhancements to the Matter Test Harness: Ensuring correct implementation and open-source availability.
With Matter 1.2, engineers and product leaders globally can support new device types and features—promising an even richer smart home experience for consumers and developers alike.
Expect a surge in Matter-enabled products this Fall, with continuous updates and expansions slated for 2024.
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