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By Rich Handley

Runtime Announces Commercial Support for Thread

Runtime, an Internet of Thigns (IoT) platform-as-a-service and open-source solution provider, has announced commercial support for Thread, a mesh-networking protocol that securely connects devices in residential and commercial settings via a low-power IPv6 network. Runtime's first supported implementation pairs OpenThread, an open-source implementation maintained by Nest, with Apache Mynewt, an open-source operating system for connected, constrained devices in the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

Apache Mynewt's first Thread implementation is based on Nordic Semiconductor's nRF52840 system-on-chip, which supports the operation of both Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) stacks. Apache Mynewt supports Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth Mesh, LoRaWAN and Wi-Fi.

"As multi-protocol chipsets become increasingly common, the requirement for advanced scheduling and a truly manageable OS in the MCU space is evident," said James Pace, Runtime's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Apache Mynewt was designed with low power connectivity, security, and at-scale manageability, and is an ideal platform for building Thread-enabled devices and applications. The Runtime team has real-world experience securely deploying and managing the largest mesh networks in the world, having conceived and standardized IEEE 802.15.4g."

"The Thread Group is pleased to see companies such as Runtime focus commercial support offerings around the Thread specification and the Thread community," said Grant Erickson, Thread Group's president, in the prepared statement. "With Thread, product developers and end users can easily and securely connect devices into a low-power wireless network that includes direct Internet and cloud access."

"We are elated that Runtime chose the Nordic nRF52840 multi-protocol SoC as the first platform to support in Apache Mynewt for developers building OpenThread applications," stated Nordic Semiconductor's Pär Håkansson, in the prepared statement. "At Nordic, we believe the openness of the nRF5 series of SoCs is the natural complement to open source efforts. Apache Mynewt's strong support for the Nordic platform makes it one of the most compelling projects to use with the Nordic's nRF5 series connectivity SoCs."

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