Signify announced updates to Matter for its Philips Hue and Wiz brands. They will relate to the Hue Bridge, and thus all Philips Hue products in the cascade, even the older Wiz products.
Philips Hue, if the bridge is ready for Matter, so are the devices it connects to
Philips Hue smart lighting works thanks to a Zigbee bridge that communicates with IoT devices in range. The Philips Hue Bridge connects to the router via an Ethernet cable.
Thus, upgrading to Matter sees the Philips Hue Bridge ready from a hardware point of view: it is only necessary to integrate the Matter software layer.
And theThat’s why Signify says all products connected to the bridge will automatically be material-readyBecause the bridge will be, but will communicate with them through ZigBee.
We remind you that the Zigbee protocol is not part of Matter, but Matter can communicate with bridges via Wi-Fi or via Ethernet, so you can include them in its network. The way in which the bridges then communicate with the devices ensuring communication with them, does not matter.
The Philips Hue bridge software update will arrive in the first quarter of 2023. However, the HDMI Hue Sync Box and Philips Hue Tap Dial will not update Because the current version of Matter is not supported yet which is 1.0.
Wiz, also updates for some 2021 devices
As for the Wiz brand, whose smart lighting devices work on a Wi-Fi network and without a bridge, Starting in the second quarter of 2023, all new products will be compatible with Matter The standard logo will be displayed on the packaging so that consumers can easily identify it.
In addition to, All Wiz products manufactured from Q2 2021 will be eligible for an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update. To join the Matter ecosystem. Signify says certification is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
However, it would have been desirable to have a more accurate list of the devices that will be updated, because users may not know the manufacturing period of the products. However, it isn’t said that Wiz won’t be designing one at a later date.