Ah: that’s make much more sense.
I’d taken Wi-Fi routers as creating a LAN, but should’ve written Thread devices creating a local network–instead of border routers which actually connect two LANs: Wi-Fi and Thread–is that more accurate?
Thank you for sharing about the ZigBee Light Link protocol. That is really insightful to read. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head: the definitions of “controllers” seems very, very similar between the two, as does the optional internet/cloud-based control (page 21).
But for the big smart home players, Matter is already in their rear-view mirror as they build services reliant on devices that aren’t even part of the Matter spec. This isn’t to say that I think Matter is no longer important, but that any company betting on Matter as part of their business strategy needs to understand the role it’s likely to play.
This part did not quite make sense. Matter was meant to mainly connect most devices, but there was always space for software & hardware innovation that gets pushed in Matter 2.0, Matter 3.0, etc. Matter doesn’t seem to be a very static standard, but one that follows the industry (perhaps because it is made up of the industry?).
Less like the Z-Wave Alliance and more like JEDEC?
JEDEC is the one industry body that standardizes DRAM. It’s independent, but its major members are the Big Three DRAM manufacturers: Samsung, SK Hynix, and Crucial.
JEDEC is often meant only to standardize the innovations created by the R&D departments at Samsung, SK Hynix, and Crucial so that we don’t have “Samsung LPPDR4” and “SK Hynix LPDDR4”, but just LPDDR4 made by SK Hynix or Samsung.
Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron push the boundaries with faster & more dense & quicker DRAM and then later, JEDEC compiles those proprietary improvements into a universal standard: LPDDR4X, GDDR5X, etc. That way, when any OEM buys LPDDR4X (even if it was, say, pioneered by Samsung), they buy the JEDEC standardized version:
Mediatek & Samsung jointly launch the first mobile phone with LPDDR4X in February 2016.
JEDEC released the LPDDR4X specification in March 2017.
From the /r/smartthings subreddit, someone noticed Aeotec recently confirmed to Tom’s Guide that their hub will support Matter, but that’s as much as they said.
Like the SmartThings hub, the Aeotec hub will work with Zigbee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi smart home devices. A company representative also said that it will work with Matter when that smart home standard becomes available.