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. 
Thread overview. Thread does UDP, IP Routing 6LoWPAN. Application on top of that. Mac and PHY below

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.

Matter Logo and link to the CSA page

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 strong 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 tp 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. M

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


Relevant Webinars

Developing Thread Products using nRF Connect SDK

Introduction to Thread networking protocol