RESEARCH PAPER: Matter – Making Smart Homes Smarter

By Bill Curtis, Patrick Moorhead - January 4, 2023

Matter, a new industry standard for smart homes, promises universal product interoperability, better user experiences, and reduced friction across the consumer electronics (CE) marketplace. At its core, Matter is a universal “language” for smart home device communication using networks already available in most homes –Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Thread. Matter makes smart homes smarter by transforming the whole home into a plug-and-play automation platform for CE products.

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Table Of Contents:

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Smart Homes Aren't Very Smart
  • What Problems Does Matter Solve?
  • The Quest For Interoperability
  • Interoperability - A Consumer's Point Of View
  • Interoperability - A CE Industry Point Of View
  • Three Keys To Matter's Success
  • Inside Matter
  • NXP Leadership: Silicon And Software
  • FAQ
  • Consumer Questions
  • Supplier Questions
  • The Matter Effect
  • Figure 1: The Matter Stick
  • Figure 2: Matter-Enabled Smart Home Network Schematic
  • Figure 3: Matter Bridging
  • Figure 4: NXP Silicon For Matter And Thread

Companies Cited:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Google
  • NXP
Bill Curtis

Bill Curtis is the Moor Insights & Strategy Analyst in Residence for large-scale Internet of Things systems. Bill helps enterprises design distributed solutions that integrate the full end-to-end IoT stack from real-world devices to analytics.

Patrick Moorhead

Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.