Getting Started with SoC Mode#

This guide describes how to get started developing an application for the SiWx91x in System-on-chip (SoC) mode, where both the application and the networking stack run on the SiWx917 chipset.

Check Prerequisites#

In order to run Matter over Wi-Fi, check for the following prerequisites:

Hardware Requirements#

The following hardware devices are required for executing Matter over Wi-Fi:

  • Silicon Labs Wireless starter/development kit (WSTK)

  • SiWx917 SoC development kit

  • Wi-Fi Dev Kit

    • SiWx917

      • SoC mode:

        • BRD4388A (B0 2.0 common flash) SiWx917

  • 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

Software Requirements#

Below are the software tools, packages, and images required for executing Matter over Wi-Fi:

Software Tools Requirements#

  • Simplicity Commander for flashing firmware/binary

  • Tera Term

  • Simplicity Studio

  • Putty for controlling EFR32 hardware using chip-tool controller

  • JLink RTT for logging only

Software Packages#

  • Gecko SDK v4.x

  • WiseConnect SDK v3.x

Firmware Images#

Installation of the Wi-Fi Software Tools and Packages#

Refer to the Wi-Fi Software Installation page.

Connect SiWx917 SOC to Computer#

  1. Mount the SiWx917 radio board on the SiWx917 WSTK board.

    SiWx917 WSTK

  2. Connect your SiWx917 Wireless Starter Kit (WSTK) board to your computer using a USB cable.

  3. Simplicity Studio will detect and display your radio board.

Troubleshooting a Board Detection Failure#

If Simplicity Studio does not detect the SiWx917 SoC board, try the following:

  • In the Debug Adapters panel, click Refresh (the icon of two looping arrows).

  • Press the RESET button on the SiWx917 SoC radio board.

  • Power-cycle the SiWx917 SoC radio board by disconnecting and reconnecting the USB cable.

Building the 917 SoC Matter Accessory Devices Using Simplicity Studio#

In Simplicity Studio 5, create the Light Matter Accessory Devices (MAD):

  1. Download and Install Simplicity Studio 5.

  2. To install the software packages for Simplicity Studio, refer to the Software Package Installation Section.

  3. Switch to the Launcher view (if not already in it).

    SoC Launcher tab

  4. Go to All Products in the launcher tab and select one compatible board from the following supported list of SiWx917 SOC dev boards.

    • BRD4338A (Common Flash)

    SoC board selection

  5. Once the board shows up in the Debug Adapters view, select it.

    SoC debug adapter

  6. Open the Example Projects and Demos tab, select the Matter filter, and enter Wi-Fi in Filter on keywords. Click CREATE.

    Create project

  7. Optionally rename the project, and click Finish.

    Project wizard

  8. Once the project is created, right-click on the project and select Build Project in the Project Explorer tab.

    Build project

  9. To flash the application, connect the compatible dev board to the PC if not yet done.

  10. Once the project is compiled successfully, go to the Project Explorer view and select the binary to be flashed.

    binary selection

  11. Right-click the selected _isp.bin binary and click flash to device.

    Flash to device

  12. The Flash programmer window opens. Click Program to start flashing.

    Flash program window

    Note: Output of the SiWX917 SoC application will be displayed on the J-Link RTT Viewer.

  13. In order to debug your Matter Application, Right-click on the selected Matter Project and click Debug As.

    Debug