Low power mesh

IP-based wireless networking protocol

Thread was developed to have a reliable, secure, and scalable way to connect low-power devices. Thread is an IPv6 standards-based mesh networking protocol with no single point of failure. Like the Internet, Thread runs on the Internet Protocol (IP). As a result, Thread devices seamlessly integrate with larger IP networks. They don’t need proprietary gateways or translators. This streamlines connectivity to the cloud or to consumers mobile end devices. 

Low power wireless connectivity is a core competence of Nordic. We support OpenThread and are one of its main contributors.  Our hardware products in combination with our software are Thread Certified Components.  With Nordic's portfolio, you can build a single chip device or use one of our smaller devices as a network coprocessor to build a Thread Border Router.  The SoCs have different memory sizes and capabilities, for you to select the perfect match for your product. Thread protocol is application layer agnostic and does not define an application layer. As a result, it can support many IP-enabled application protocols. Nordic’s Thread solution is a perfect baseline for Thread-based application layers: Matter, HomeKit, DALI+, KNX IoT, OCF, and others.

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Nordic is one of the leading companies in Thread/Bluetooth Low Energy multiprotocol. This is a requirement for Matter and for Thread HomeKit accessories, where Bluetooth LE is used for commissioning and Thread for data. It is also possible to build a Thread-capable device now and include Matter support later with an update. An Apple HomeKit  accessory can for example be converted into a Matter device with a small development effort.


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


Thread development made easy

We offer development tools that make it easy to develop Thread products based on our SoCs. We want to enable you to build your product as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality. We provide tools for developing code, testing it, debugging, and much more.

Below is an overview of all relevant development tools for developing a Thread product. Make sure you also check out the Development hardware and Development software tabs.

Desktop development tools

nRF Connect for Desktop

nRF Connect for Desktop is a cross-platform framework for development applications. It contains applications for testing Bluetooth Low Energy and LTE links, power optimization, programming and more.

nRF Command Line Tools

The nRF Command Line Tools are used for development, programming, and debugging of Nordic Semiconductor's nRF51, nRF52, nRF53 and nRF91 Series devices.

nRF Util

nRF Util is a development tool for generating DFU packages.

nRF Sniffer for 802.15.4

A helpful and valuable sniffer for learning and debugging 802.15.4 protocols, like Thread and Zigbee.

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.