Thread

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. 

 

Single-board development kits

We offer development kits containing what you need to get started with your Thread development. Our kits make all features and GPIOs of the SoCs available to you, including NFC. All kits have LEDs and buttons, enabling you to get output and give input. Our kits come with a  SEGGER on-board J-Link debugger. 

We also offer the nRF52840 Dongle. It is complementary hardware to the nRF Connect for Desktop tool. It supports Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, and Zigbee. It can be a low-cost alternative when doing large-scale testing, or when size is important. Do note that it does not have a debugger on board. We recommend using the development kit for development.

Our Power Profiler Kit II (PPK 2) is the next thing to look at. The PPK 2 is a tool made to measure current consumption.  Use it with any of our development kits, prototyping platforms, or your own designs. PPK2 works all the way from sub-µA to 1 A and can log up to 500 days as is.

Development kit for the nRF5340 SoC

nRF5340 DK

The nRF5340 DK is the development kit for the nRF5340 SoC.

nRF52840 Dongle

nRF52840 Dongle

The nRF52840 Dongle is complementary hardware to the nRF Connect for Desktop. It supports Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh, Thread and Zigbee.

Power Profiler Kit II

Power Profiler Kit II

The Power Profiler Kit II is an easy-to-use tool for measuring and optimizing power consumption for embedded solutions.