The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) — formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance — has delayed the release of the first certifications for its smart home standard to the first half of 2022.

Matter — the standard’s formal name — is an IP-based, unified standard for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

“With the completion of several test events and forecasting, our members have updated the schedule to reflect a commitment to ensuring that the SDK [software development kit], and related tools, are ready to meet the expectations of the market when launched and enable a large ecosystem of interoperable Matter products,” CSA President and CEO Tobin Richardson wrote in a blog post. “Our refined plans include ongoing SDK and certification program development in 2H 2021, targeting a ‘pre-ballot’ version of the technical spec available to members at year's end.”

The Matter working group, who participate in SDK development and tests, consists of 200 global companies and participation from 2,000 individuals.

“CSA leadership and the Matter Working Group have a common goal to increase adoption of the smart home around the world and ultimately make the experience exponentially better for consumers and developers,” Richardson continued. “We are excited about the record-breaking progress to date and level of participation from our member companies. This progress and participation shows that these companies understand how important Matter, as a unifying standard, is for consumers, industry and the globe.”

Visit Matter’s website to learn more about the standard.