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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ThreadX adds Threat networking support

By Nick Flaherty at

Despite the similar names, the ThreadX embedded real time operating system is now adding support for the Thread networking protocol as part of the Industrial Grade X-Ware IoT Platform

Thread is a reliable, low-power, secure, and scalable mesh networking solution that provides a foundation on which any application layer can run. The IPv6 networking protocol is built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks, which easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to one another and directly to the cloud without draining battery life or one single point of failure.

The X-Ware IoT Platform uses Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS and NetX Duo dual IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP stack. This provides the benefits of NetX Duo as well as Express Logic’s industrial-grade implementations of IPv6 over Low Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPAN), Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP), and Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS).

The X-Ware IoT Platform contains no open source and has a small footprint, automatically scaling to use only what is needed by the application, making it perfectly suited for the smallest low-power IoT devices.

The X-Ware IoT platform supports a wide range of standards, with IEC 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, EN 50128 SW-SIL 4, UL 60730-1 Annex H, CSA E60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60730-1 Annex H, 60335-1 Annex R, and IEC 60335-1 Annex R, 1998.

“Express Logic is an active participant in the Thread Group, and is making meaningful contributions towards helping Thread deliver on its promise,” said Grant Erickson, president of the Thread Group. “We're very pleased to see Express Logic pursue certification for the X-Ware IoT Platform’s use of Thread’s low-power, IP-based mesh network protocol. With that, they’ll be able to address the growing demand to seamlessly connect hundreds of devices to each other, to mobile devices, and directly to the cloud, without compromising battery life.”

Once certified, other developers will be able to confidently leverage the entire X-Ware IoT Platform solution, including the safety-certified FileX, GUIX, and USBX solutions and technologies, knowing it will seamlessly connect to other Thread-certified devices.

“By their very nature home automation IoT devices have demanding safety, security, and networking needs,” said William E. Lamie, President, Express Logic. “Extending our X-Ware IoT Platform to support Thread will provide a scalable and comprehensive Industrial Grade solution to device makers that use Thread for connectivity and networking across a variety of semiconductor solutions.”

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