Silicon Labs and SparkFun partner on Matter board

  • March 8, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Texas electronics company Silicon Labs worked with Colorado-based SparkFun Electronics to create a Matter development board supporting interoperability across IoT devices and networks.

The Thing Plus Matter board combines Matter and SparkFun’s Qwiic ecosystem for agile development and prototyping of Matter-based IoT devices.

The development board supports interoperability between different communication protocols and product ecosystems. It features the MGM240P wireless module from Silicon Labs. This uses Arm’s Cortex M33 processor and provides secure connectivity for 802.15.4 (Zigbeeand OpenThread) and Bluetooth Low Energy 5.3 protocols and is built to integrate seamlessly into the Matter IoT protocol using the Simplicity Studio IDE from Silicon Labs.

As part of SparkFun’s Thing Plus ecosystem, the board also enables access to the Qwiic rapid prototyping ecosystem, and comes with a LiPo battery connector and charger, multiple GPIO pins, and a Micro SD card slot for any external memory needs.

“We are pleased to support the Matter movement, which envisions a future where products are compatible and there is consistent operation between smart home devices and IoT platforms, even from different providers,” said Glenn Samala, SparkFun CEO. “This is a game-changer in terms of improving our daily interactions with the devices we have come to rely upon.”

Anders Pettersson, Silicon Labs director of sales enablement, added: “As the largest semiconductor code contributor to Matter, Silicon Labs is all-in on Matter to realise the full potential of the IoT. This collaboration represents a unique opportunity to support professional, higher education and hobbyist communities and help accelerate the widespread adoption of Matter. We’re excited to see what innovative creations the community will develop using the Thing Plus Matter Board.”