On Feb 9, Thread Group
that their Thread certification program is open for business, and members
can begin submitting components or products for Thread certification.
What is Thread Certification?
Thread is a network communication protocol designed to control products in the
home and beyond. You can read more about the technology
here. At NXP, we have worked closely with the other founding members of Thread
Group to create this new communication standard and corresponding
certification program so that companies can design and sell secure and
reliable IoT products for the home. Thread certification involves testing a
product against a defined list of test cases to measure its compliance with
the Thread specification while inside a mixed network of certified stacks to
measure its interoperability with other Thread products. Currently, there are
4 certified stack
– NXP, Arm, OpenThread and Silicon Labs.
Why is Thread Certification Important?
With the Thread certification program now open, the Thread Group
envisions products seamlessly communicating with each other where
people live and work. To
ensure that products from different manufacturers can communicate reliably and
securely, they need to undergo testing with multiple vendor configurations. If
the product passes these tests, it can be certified as a “Thread
Certified Component” or as an end product that’s “Built
on Thread” and will be eligible to carry the associated Thread logo.
How do you get Thread Certification?
The Thread certification program is open to Thread Group members.
Thread Group membership also gives you access to all the tools needed
to bring your Thread product to market quickly. Getting certification is
achieved by submitting your product to an Authorized Test Lab (ATL). A list of
ATLs will be maintained by Thread Group. Currently, UL is the approved test
house for Thread certification.
Prior to submitting a product for certification, customers can test their
solution against the Thread test harness (which is free to Thread Group
members). The Thread Test Harness semi-automates the test cases defined in the
Thread Test Plan. The harness sets up the required topology using the test bed
reference devices, and runs the test steps within the Test Plan.
A test bed catalog is also available which lists the necessary equipment
needed to build a test bed with mixed vendor devices. NXP offers cost reduced
pricing to Thread members who order NXP devices from this catalog.
Thread software release
also includes a Thread Stack Certification Harness Device under Test (DUT)
User’s Guide which guides users through setting up the test harness and
running it on an NXP device under test. By using the Thread Group test tools
along with NXP’s certified stack and enablement, you can develop, debug
and test your Thread product in your own workspace and then have high
confidence of passing certification when submitting it to an ATL.
Where can I go for more information or help?
At NXP, we offer complete end-to-end solutions for building Thread products
including end nodes, routers and border routers. Customers can leverage our
extensive portfolio of scalable and lower power MCUs, wireless MCUs and our
i.MX application processors for Linux-based border routers and gateways that
come with complete software enablement. More information about NXP’s
Thread solutions can be found at
Additionally, we have an
dedicated to Thread. Here you can find documents, discussions and Q&A
from our Thread experts.
We are very excited to be leading the efforts in bringing Thread to market and
look forward to seeing many innovative products from our customers!