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Thread is an IPv6 based wireless personal area mesh networking protocol designed for home and building automation. Thread enables smart locks, thermostats, and other sensor or actuator devices to seamlessly integrate with existing cloud-based infrastructures and digital assistants. Explore our OpenThread on the SimpleLink™ family of wireless MCUs offering sub 0.85-μA sleep current.

Lowest power

  • Lowest power thread platform
  • Multi-year operation on a coin cell battery
  • Enhanced sensor controller for ultra-low power

OpenThread Stack

  • The CC26x2 SDK contains the OpenThread stack
  • Regular contributions to the open thread community

SimpleLink™ MCU Platform

  • 100% code reuse across the portfolio
  • Comprehensive learning experience
  • Example code offered by TI Resource Explorer

What is Thread?

Thread is an open standard created for reliable, cost-effective, and low-power communication in home and building automation:

  • Secure, wireless mesh network protocol
  • Open IPv6 based protocol allows for easy connection with existing networks
  • Easy to use smart-phone commissioning
  • Supports wireless device to device, device to mobile, and device to cloud communication


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Sleepy end devices

Battery operated nodes that only communicate through a parent node that the Leader designated.

Router-eligible end devices

Ability to turn into a Router to ensure there is no single point of failure in the mesh network.


Routes packets within the Thread network and enables/accepts new devices joining the network.

Border Routers

Provides connectivity to adjacent networks (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.). Routes packets in and out of the Thread network.

Matter: the foundation for connected things

We are a founding member of Matter (formerly known as Project CHIP), a new, unified connectivity standard which simplifies development for manufacturers and provides reliable interoperability for consumers. The SimpleLink™ wireless MCU platform offers the lowest-power solutions for Thread, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE for any Matter end device.  Let’s build one of a kind devices with a one-of-a-kind foundation together. 

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Featured Thread products


SimpleLink™ Arm© Cortex©-M4F multiprotocol 2.4-GHz wireless MCU with 704-kB flash


SimpleLink™ Arm Cortex-M4F multi-protocol 2.4 GHz wireless MCU with integrated power amplifier


SimpleLink™ 32-bit Arm Cortex-M4F multi-protocol 2.4 GHz wireless MCU with 352-kB flash


OpenThread is an open source implementation of Thread released by Nest. OpenThread is distributed on GitHub and the software is available under a BSD license. We contribute all OpenThread development efforts to the OpenThread community.

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