Now that’s an interesting request on the SmartThings forum. Do you follow semiconductor firms and keep up with their announcements?
That was six months ago, with more updates as the months have passed.
Major firms (e.g.,Texas Instruments, Nordic Semiconductor, Silicon Labs, etc.) have released Matter-compatible ICs (aka Thread + BLE + application layer included) and have begun updating their SDKs, but with the spec pushed to June 2022, it’ll be a while:
These ICs are the only way the Home Assistant
Amber Yellow has hardware Matter support:
Home Assistant Yellow includes the latest and greatest Zigbee radio chip from Silicon Labs to communicate with smart devices in your home. The chip is forward-compatible with the upcoming Matter smart home connectivity standard, in which Silicon Labs is heavily involved. Home Assistant Yellow will be compatible with Matter as soon as the Silicon Labs Matter SDK is released.
“Hype” is a probably a misnomer for this thread: seemingly all of us, from mainstream outlets to DIY enthusiasts, were, are now, and will remain cautious whether Matter will solve the problems it claims to solve.
With the new-new release date pegged to June 2022, it’ll be long time before consumers have all the pieces together.
Funnily enough, the Verge formally edited yesterday’s article on the very point we’re discussing. Now with more context & clarity,
A company that is on board with Matter as a whole is under no obligation to adopt a certain device specification that they don’t need or want to.
This means that Apple and Google do not have to adopt the Matter TV specification if they don’t want to (but if they do, they have to adopt it all, including casting).
So, companies backing Matter don’t have to adopt every Matter device type, e.g., do all Samsung’s TVs need to include SmartThings? But, if a device claims to support Matter-for-TVs, that device must support the entire Matter-for-TVs protocol.
Still 10,000 questions remain about Matter and especially all of its warts which very few have shared officially, just as you note. Different hardware standards / communication hardware protocols, bridges and not-actually-bridges, etc.
So far, the posturing has changed and most of the industry will publicly admit failures of interoperability are a massive barrier to mainstream adoption.