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Silicon Labs 1 of Few Thread Group Members With First Certified Software Stacks And Product Certification Program

Symmetry Electronics Team in Blogs on February 20, 2017

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Established in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a focused global distributor of wireless connectivity solutions, sensors, and audio-video technologies. Offering comprehensive design support and available-to-ship inventory, Symmetry is committed to helping engineers accelerate time to market, reduce costs, and offer modern solutions for their IoT designs. Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway company, TTI, Inc. in 2017, Symmetry Electronics is part of the Exponential Technology Group (XTG) – a supergroup of electronic component distributors and engineering services firms working together to advance the electronics industry. For more information, visit www.symmetryelectronics.com.

The Thread Group, an industry alliance focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in the home and beyond, today announced that four software stacks -- one being Silicon Labs -- have successfully completed interoperability testing to become the first stacks to achieve certification as Thread Certified Components. This milestone marks the official opening of the Thread Group's certification program, and members can begin submitting components or products for Thread certification. In addition, the group announced that it will release the Thread 1.1 specification to the public this month, paving the way for members and non-members alike to develop products against the specification.

The Thread Group went a step further in verifying Thread 1.1 specification conformance and interoperability; rather than measuring against single reference implementations, Thread testing validates each device's specification conformance against a blended network comprised of all four stacks. In turn, this will ensure that users will have a more consistent experience with Thread-certified products out-of-the-box. This milestone is the culmination of significant investments and efforts from the Thread Group, and as a result, members will have the option of using one of these certified stacks to reduce both risk and time-to-market.

"We're extremely pleased to announce the availability of certified stacks and to formally open the certification program," said Grant Erickson, President of the Thread Group. "The Thread Group and its members have gone above and beyond most technology alliances to deliver interoperability, not just conformance, which will result in a better product experience for the end-user. We've received very positive feedback from our members, and look forward to seeing Thread-certified products enter the market shortly."

Thread Group members can now submit components and products for testing and Thread certification. All Thread members gain access to the high-value, market-accelerating Thread test harness and tools software to expedite their development and certification process, which is handled through UL. Certified Thread-based products are expected to enter the market in the first half of 2017.

The Thread Group will release the Thread 1.1 technical specification to the public this month in order to drive adoption of Thread technology in the market. Companies interested in building Thread products can use the specification to begin development, and then join the Thread Group in order to complete product certification and gain the intellectual property rights to ship Thread products.

"The opening of Thread certification is a major milestone for the delivery of ubiquitous, low-power IP mesh networking technology for the connected home," said Skip Ashton, Vice President of Software at Silicon Labs and Vice President of Technology for the Thread Group. "We have hundreds of customers using our Thread stack and look forward to certifying their Thread-enabled products, helping them get to market faster."

The availability of these certified stacks marks an important first step in delivering on the Thread Group's vision of true multi-vendor choice for the connected device ecosystem, spanning modules, silicon devices and end-products.

About Thread Group

The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the internet of things in the home and beyond by educating product developers, builders and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a positive experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by industry-leading companies including ARM, Big Ass Solutions, Nest Labs, NXP® Semiconductors, OSRAM, Qualcomm, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale Security. Since opening its membership in October 2014, companies from around the world and across all aspects of the expansive and connected technology sector have joined the Thread Group to create the very best way to connect and control devices. For more information, please visit http://www.threadgroup.org.

For additional Silicon Labs product information or technical support, contact Symmetry Electronics, and authorized distributor of industry leading wireless, audio/video and embedded chips modules and development tools, call (877) 466-9722.

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Symmetry Electronics Team in Blogs on February 20, 2017

About Symmetry Electronics Team

Established in 1998, Symmetry Electronics is a focused global distributor of wireless connectivity solutions, sensors, and audio-video technologies. Offering comprehensive design support and available-to-ship inventory, Symmetry is committed to helping engineers accelerate time to market, reduce costs, and offer modern solutions for their IoT designs. Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway company, TTI, Inc. in 2017, Symmetry Electronics is part of the Exponential Technology Group (XTG) – a supergroup of electronic component distributors and engineering services firms working together to advance the electronics industry. For more information, visit www.symmetryelectronics.com.

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