Home automation – and the Internet of Things in general—sounds great, but will still be difficult to implement for many consumers that want to take advantage of the interconnected world. Even getting devices that are designed to communicate with one another can be frustrating for the average consumer. Electronics companies that are planning on capitalizing on the IoT are trying to find ways to make things easier for the customer base.
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficiency innovations, has become a member of the Thread Group - an industry organization dedicated to market education and product certification for Thread, a low-power, wireless mesh networking protocol designed to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices in the home. This move underlines the company’s commitment to implementing Internet of Things (IoT) technology across all key application areas.
“Working together with other members, we will be able to realize the group’s principal goal of making it possible to connect and control electronic systems within people’s living spaces in a straightforward, reliable and energy-efficient manner.”
Thread is the new IP-based low-power wireless mesh networking protocol designed specifically for the home. It is designed to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud using real Internet Protocols in a low-power, wireless mesh network.
“Membership in Thread Group will keep ON Semiconductor at the forefront of IoT development in relation to the digital home,” added Ryan Cameron, vice president of Industrial and Timing products at ON Semiconductor. “Working together with other members, we will be able to realize the group’s principal goal of making it possible to connect and control electronic systems within people’s living spaces in a straightforward, reliable and energy-efficient manner.”
“Everyone at Thread Group is very pleased to have ON Semiconductor join our membership, and we feel the company will be a great asset to us in the future,” stated Chris Boross, president of Thread Group. “We’re delighted that ON Semiconductor will join our efforts to establish Thread as the most widely-adopted protocol powering the next generation of the connected home.”
The NCS3651x family of 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) ultra-low power transceivers was introduced late last year in support of ON Semiconductor’s IoT initiative. Developed using the company’s expertise in highly integrated mixed-signal technology and radio frequency (RF) design, all devices are optimized for low power consumption and high efficiency with single supply operation from a standard battery (1.0 volt (V) to 3.6 V) and best in class low receive and transmit currents. They are ideal for use in low data rate, intermittent communication for smart metering, home automation, building automation, lighting and other IoT applications.
Designed for consumers and devices in and around the home, Thread easily and securely connects hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud using real Internet Protocols in a low-power, wireless mesh network. The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in the home, educating product developers and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by industry-leading companies including ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale Security. Since opening its membership in October 2014, Thread has quickly grown to more than 110 members. For more information, please visit http://www.threadgroup.org.
About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power and signal management, logic, standard and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical and military/aerospace applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.