Thread

Low power mesh

IP-based wireless networking protocol

Nordic enables your products

Are you thinking about integrating Matter into one of your products? If you are using one of our Thread-capable devices this will be easier that you think. Nordic devices put you in the ideal position to develop your Matter products. As the #1 Bluetooth Low Energy System-on-Chips (SoCs) supplier with a h3 presence in OpenThread, Nordic is your ideal partner.

Nordic is one of the leading companies in Thread/Bluetooth Low Energy multiprotocol. This is a requirement for Matter and Thread HomeKit accessories, where Bluetooth LE is used to commission and Thread for data transfer. It is also possible to build a Thread-capable device now and include Matter support later with an update.

We offer excellent documentation and technical support to anyone developing a Thread product with our SoCs. We guide you through the product development process.

Great hardware deserves great software

 

nRF Connect SDK

Great hardware deserves great software. We offer the nRF Connect SDK for the nRF53 and nRF52 Series. The nRF Connect SDK is a complete software development kit for Thread, Bluetooth LE, and Zigbee. It integrates the scalable Zephyr RTOS, OpenThread, and Bluetooth LE stacks. We also included a variety of samples, hardware drivers, and more.

 

 

Thread integration

OpenThread is an open-source implementation of the Thread networking protocol. We provide it as a pre-compiled, pre-certified library. This allows for Thread certification by inheritance, and in full source code to ease product development. For the nRF Connect SDK we have ported the lower layers of our SoftDevices. This enables the best-in-class interoperability you know our SoftDevices for. The result is the SoftDevice Controller. A SoftDevice is a wireless protocol stack that complements our SoCs. We provide them as qualified, precompiled binary files.

 

 

nRF5 SDK

You can still use the nRF5 SDK for Thread and ZigBee for our nRF52 Series SoCs. Be aware that only the nRF Connect SDK is in active development. For all new products we recommend the nRF Connect SDK.

 

nRF Connect SDK highlights

For Thread

  • Base solution for Thread-based application layers: Matter, Apple HomeKit, DALI+, KNX IoT, OCF, and others
  • Support for Thread 1.1 and Thread 1.2 features
  • Thread certification by inheritance
  • All roles supported: Thread Router, Thread Border router, End Device, Sleepy End Device, Synchronized Sleepy End Device
  • Dynamic multiprotocol with Bluetooth LE
  • Single SoC, Network Co-Processor (NCP), and Radio Co-Processor (RCP) architectures
  • Support for over-the-air device firmware update (OTA DFU) with Bluetooth LE
  • CoAP server and client samples + BLE Nordic UART Service for multiprotocol
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Matter (Project CHIP) integration and several associated sample applications
  • Apple HomeKit integration and several associated sample applications

Software development kit

for Thread

nRF Connect SDK

nRF Connect SDK is a common software development kit for cellular IoT, Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, Matter, Thread and Zigbee. It supports the nRF9160 SiP, the nRF5340 SoC and all nRF52 Series SoCs.

 

Microcontroller development kit

nRF MDK

Register header files and startup code to get you started developing with nRF51, nRF52, nRF53 and nRF91 Series devices in 3rd-party IDEs.