Freescale creates Thread IoT beta development program

At Electronica, Thread group founding member Freescale announced its beta development program for the proposed home IoT specification.

Specifically, said Emmanuel Sambuis, director of Connectivity Products for Freescale’s MCU group, the company is making its Thread software and evaluation platform available to select developers to encourage adoption of the new Thread IP-based mesh networking protocol aimed at creating a better way to connect devices in the home. www.freescale.com/thread

Thread is a low-power wireless mesh network protocol that runs on new and existing 802.15.4 networks and is built on proven technologies such as IPv6 and 6LoWPAN. Designed specifically for connecting devices in the home, Thread provides secure communication that connects devices to each other and to the cloud for easy control and access from anywhere.

Unlike other technologies,said Sambuis, which need to translate protocols to IP packets, Thread natively carries IP from the cloud to the end device, resulting in a simpler, more efficient solution.

“We’ve put together a comprehensive development kit, providing OEMs with what they need to rapidly create Thread-enabled products that gain first-mover advantage in the marketplace,” he said.

Freescale’s beta development kit includes the Thread stack software integrated on world-class Kinetis wireless MCU platforms, so developers can focus on their unique applications and differentiators. Early adopters can start product planning and development now, and potentially deliver the first Thread-enabled and Thread-certified products to the market in 2015.

Sambus said Freescale’s Thread implementation is built on low-power Kinetis W series MCUs, integrating 2.4 GHz RF transceivers with ARM Cortex-M0+/M4 cores. Beta companies receive: Kinetis KW2x Tower boards, USB dongles, samples and the Thread stack, which includes precompiled Thread libraries and demo application code.

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