Series 7 – Episode 10 – IoT Chips for the Era of AI and Matter

27th May 2022
Sam Holland

Charlotte Morgan talks with Rob Alexander, Principal Product Manager at Silicon Labs about IoT chips, the communications technology, Matter. and more.

With a background in coding for embedded systems, Rob explains that he has the current role of “craft[ing] the wireless technology roadmap” at Silicon Labs. As the industry becomes ever more focused on Internet of Things and other connected devices, the principal product manager voices his admiration for the growth of wireless communications.

“It’s really been fun to see this industry evolve – to see it grow from its early days [when] we were just trying to get a single wireless signal to go from one device to the other. And now they’re virtually ubiquitous,” explains Rob.

Now, with over 15 years of experience in working on IoT devices, Rob is working on another staple, upcoming communications technology: Matter. He explains that he serves on the Board of Directors for the connectivity standards Alliance, which manages the exciting advancement in wireless systems.

“Matter is an open standard for IoT development devices,” explains Rob. “It is developed by the Connectivity Standards Alliance. And ... the goal is to use IP [Internet Protocol] connectivity ... to enable devices to control or be controlled by any other Matter-enabled device in the network.” He goes on to explain that the technology is aimed at providing a secure and interoperable solution to IoT device connectivity – particularly in the smart home market.

To hear more about IoT devices, Matter, smart home applications and much more, you can listen to Electronic Specifier’s interview with Rob Alexander on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.


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