IPv6-based mesh networking for the smart home and building automation

Low power mesh

IP-based wireless networking protocol

Thread is a standards-based IPv6-based mesh networking protocol developed for simply and securely connecting products around the home to each other, to the internet and to the cloud. Thread networks are simple to install, highly secure, scalable to hundreds of devices and developed to run on low-power IEEE 802.15.4 devices.

Open industry standards
Built on open standards and with IPv6/6LoWPAN protocols, Thread’s approach to wireless networking offers a secure and reliable mesh network with no single point of failure, simple connectivity and low power.

The Thread networking stack
The Thread standard is a stack built on top of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and MAC. The Thread stack has built-in features for IP routing, 6LoWPAN, security and commissioning.

Thread features and performance

We offer a complete Thread certified solution with the nRF52840 wireless SoC and accompanying nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee

Thread Highlights topologies Multi-protocol
Self-healing network 250 kbps max (point to point) Protocol concurrency
Open standards 250+ network nodes Bluetooth 5 / Thread
IPv6 Routers, end devices, sleepy end devices  
No single point of failure Advanced network topologies  

Multiprotocol SoC

The advanced nRF52840

The nRF52840 is the high-end member of the nRF52 Series SoC family. It meets the challenges of sophisticated applications that need protocol concurrency and a rich and varied set of peripherals and features.  It offers generous memory availability for both Flash and RAM, which are prerequisites for such demanding applications.

The nRF52840 is fully multiprotocol capable with full protocol concurrency. It has protocol support for Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee and other 802.15.4 stacks, ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary stacks.

The nRF52840 SoC

Recommended for Thread

nRF52840 SoC

High-end nRF52 Series multiprotocol SoC for high-performance, feature-rich applications with best-in-class security.

64 MHz Cortex-M4F
1 MB Flash, 256 KB RAM
2.4 GHz Transceiver
2 Mbps, 1 Mbps, Long Range
Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh
ANT, 802.15.4, Thread, Zigbee
+8 dBm TX Power
128-bit AES CCM, ARM CryptoCell
12-bit ADC
USB 2.0

Software Development kit for Thread

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nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee

nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee is a complete solution  for building Thread 1.1 and Zigbee 3.0 certified products. It utilizes the the multiprotocol capabilities of the nRF52840 wireless SoC. This enables single-chip application development supporting both Bluetooth LE and Thread or Zigbee, concurrently. It also has limited support for the nRF52811.

Topology Monitor

A cross-platform Thread network visualization tool

nRF Thread Topology Monitor

nRF Thread Topology Monitor is a cross-platform desktop tool that enables developers to visualize Thread mesh network topology in real time.

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