Beta programme for Thread from Silicon Labs: maintains Zigbee offerings

October 02, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
This programme provides early access to Silicon Labs' IP-based Mesh Networking Stack; the company has set up a Thread beta program for selected customers and ecosystem partners, enabling them to accelerate their product development plans for IP-based mesh networking.

As a founding member of the Thread Group, Silicon Labs has been a major contributor to the definition and development of the new IP-based mesh networking software stack for the Connected Home.

“We have developed the Thread networking protocol according to the latest draft specification and now have multi-node networks up and running at key customers using our existing EM35xx wireless SoCs,” said Skip Ashton, vice president of software engineering at Silicon Labs. “We are excited to be able to extend our leadership in mesh networking solutions through activities such as this beta program and our continued investment in ZigBee technology.”

The Thread networking protocol is a standards-based, IP-addressable, low-power mesh networking solution. Silicon Labs joined the Thread Group as a founding member to contribute mesh networking expertise and deliver software solutions that satisfy these market needs.

Silicon Labs is committed to supplying both Thread and ZigBee-based connectivity solutions into the future. The company plans to support both mesh networking protocols using a common portfolio of ARM based wireless SoCs and to deliver technology that will enable users to deploy one or both software technologies on those SoCs using simple over-the-air uploads.

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