Matter Hardware Requirements#

To run Matter over Thread or over Wi-Fi requires some Silicon Labs hardware in order to run demos and do development. Following are the hardware requirements for both Thread and Wi-Fi use cases broken down by platform and transport protocol.

The following sections describe the hardware that may be used for Matter+OpenThread (Matter Hub and Accessory Device) and for Matter+Wi-Fi (Accessory Device). The EFRMG24 is the preferred starting point for Matter MCUs (including the Matter Hub RCP and both Accessory Devices). It provides Secure Vault and can use the internal flash of the device to store an upgrade image. The EFR32MG24 is recommended for running the Matter over Thread and Matter over Wi-Fi Quick-Start guides.

Matter Over Thread "Matter Hub" Requirements#

If you are running Matter over Thread and do not have a platform on which to run the Open Thread Border Router and chip-tool, Silicon Labs recommends that you run them on a Raspberry Pi. To do so you will need:

  • Raspberry Pi

    • Raspberry Pi 4 with an SD card with storage >= 64 GB

The Raspberry Pi 4 is used to run the Open Thread Border Router and the chip-tool. In this documentation the combination of this software on the Raspberry Pi is also called the 'Matter Hub' A software image for the Raspberry Pi is provided on the Matter Artifacts page.

  • Radio Co-Processor (RCP)

The Matter Hub needs a 15.4 Radio Co-Processor (RCP) in order to create and interact with the Thread network. The RCP can be any Silicon Labs development board that is capable of running the OpenThread RCP firmware. The RCP radio board is connected to the Raspberry Pi via USB.

Over 60 Silicon Labs boards support running the RCP firmware. To build an image for a board which is not listed here, download and build your image in Simplicity Studio. Pre-built OpenThread RCP firmware images are provided for the following boards on the Matter Artifacts page:

Note: The EFR32MG24 is the preferred starting point for Matter MCUs. It provides Secure Vault and can use the internal flash of the device to store an upgrade image.

  • MG24 boards:

    • BRD4186C / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm

    • BRD4187C / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@20dBm

  • MG12 boards:

    • BRD4161A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm

    • BRD4162A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm

    • BRD4163A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm

    • BRD4164A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm

Matter Over Thread Accessory Device Requirements#

The Matter Accessory Device (MAD) is the actual device that the Matter application firmware (such as the Matter Light or Matter Switch) runs on. Several different platforms for the Matter Accessory Device are supported. Pre-built binary images for the Matter accessory devices are provided on the Matter Artifacts page. Silicon Labs supports development of Matter Accessory Devices for Matter over Thread on the following platforms:

Note: The EFR32MG24 is the preferred starting point for Matter MCUs. It provides Secure Vault and can use the internal flash of the device to store an upgrade image.

  • MG24 boards:

    • BRD4186C / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm

    • BRD4187C / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@20dBm

    • BRD2703A / MG24 Explorer Kit

      Note: This board has yet to be released to the public, but it is supported in the Silicon Labs build flow.

    • BRD2601B / MG24 Explorer Kit

    • BRD4319A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit/ 2.4GHz@20dBm

      Note: This board has yet to be released to the public, but it is supported in the Silicon Labs build flow.

    • BRD4316A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Start Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm

    • BRD4317A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit/ 2.4GHz@20dBm

  • MG12 boards:

    • EFR32MG12 Development Kit

      • BRD4161A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm

      • BRD4162A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm

      • BRD4163A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm

      • BRD4164A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm

      • BRD4166A / SLTB004A / Thunderboard Sense 2 / 2.4GHz@10dBm

      • BRD4170A / SLWSTK6000B / Multiband Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm, 915MHz@19dBm

Matter Over Wi-Fi Accessory Device Requirements#

Matter Over Wi-Fi Accessory Device Requirements for NCP Mode#

The Silicon Labs Matter over Wi-Fi NCP mode demo and development requires two boards: the Silicon Labs EFR32 Radio board to run the Matter code and either the RS9116, SiWx917 or WF200 to run the Wi-Fi protocol stack. Pre-built images for the EFR32 are provided on the Matter Artifacts page. Pre-built images for SiWx917 or RS9116 connectivity firmware are also provided on the Matter Artifacts page.

Note:

  1. The EFR32MG24 is the preferred starting point for Matter MCUs. It provides Secure Vault and can use the internal flash of the device to store an upgrade image.

  2. The WF200 connectivity firmware image is included in the EFR32MG24 images on the Matter Artifacts page for running with the WF200 in NCP mode. The Matter application downloads the connectivity firmware onto the WF200 on first-time startup.

The following boards are supported for the Matter over Wi-Fi demos and development:

  • MG24 boards:

  • Wi-Fi NCP Dev Kits & boards

    • RS9116

    • SiWx917 NCP

      • SiWx917 NCP Mode / Wi-Fi Expansion Board / 2.4GHz

        • BRD8045A (B0 Expansion v2.0)

    • WF200

      • WF200 / Single Band Wi-Fi Expansion Board / 2.4GHz

      • WF200 / Single Band Wi-Fi Expansion Board / 2.4GHz

    • Interconnect board (included in the Wi-Fi kits)

  • Interconnect board (included in the Wi-Fi kits)

  • SPI Cable (included in the RS9116 kit)

  • Jumper Cables (included in the RS9116 kit)

Matter over Wi-Fi Accessory Device Requirements for SoC Mode#

The Silicon Labs Matter over Wi-Fi demo and development for SoC mode requires the SiWx917 SoC board that supports Matter over Wi-Fi in a single-chip package - the integrated MCU is dedicated for peripheral and application-related processing (Matter), while the ThreadArch® runs the wireless and networking protocol stacks.

Pre-built images for the SiWx917 connectivity firmware are available as per the instructions on the Matter Artifacts page. The following boards are supported for the Matter over Wi-Fi demos and development:

  • Wi-Fi SoC boards:

    • SiWx917 / BRD4002A / Wireless Starter Kit

    • SiWx917 SoC Mode

      • SiWx917 SoC / Common Flash Radio Board / 2.4GHz

        • BRD4338A - B0 common flash v2.0

      Note: Refer to SiWx917 SoC for more details.

Additional Matter Over Wi-Fi Hardware Requirements#

In addition to your Matter over Wi-Fi Accessory Device, you will need the following for both running the demo and for development:

  • Windows/Linux/MacOS computer with a USB port

  • USB cable for connecting WSTK Board to Computer

  • Raspberry Pi with a >32 GB SD Card

  • Access point with Internet access

  • microSD card (>=32GB) (if using Raspberry Pi)

  • [Optional] Android Mobile phone (If using the chip-tool on Android)

  • Interconnect board (included in the RS9116 kit)

  • SPI Cable (included in the RS9116 kit)

  • Jumper Cables (included in the RS9116 kit)