Thread wireless protocol available

Thread wireless protocol available

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Qualcomm has joined theThread Group – an industry body formed to define a 6LoWPAN-based mesh protocol for controlling domestic fittings and appliances – just as it has announced that the protocol is available but only to its members.
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The lowest tier of membership costs $2,500 per year.

The Thread Group was originally formed by a group of companies including including Google, through its Nest Labs subsidiary, Samsung Electronics, Freescale Semiconductor and ARM Holdings plc. The group now has more than 160 members and is a strong alternative to established protocols such as ZigBee in the home. Qualcomm Inc. has joined the organization at the sponsor level and joined the board of directors.

Product developers who are members of the Thread Group can access technical specifications and documentation to build Thread-compliant products.

Thread has also announced that Thomas Sciorilli has joined the organization to lead a product certification program launching in September. Thread-certified products are allowed to carry the Thread logo, indicating they have been certified for quality, security and interoperability and to help consumers identify them on the market.

At present Thread-compliant chips and software stacks are available from Freescale and Silicon Labs to allow end product development.

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