The thread group has announced that it will open its test lab to members, as well as the release of hardware reference test bed and test harness. In addition, the group’s test bed participants, including ARM, NXP and Silicon Labs, have publicized the first conforming stacks which successfully passed testing based on the Thread 1.1 technical specification.
This attempt would not only drum up the deployment of the Thread networking protocol in the connected home and beyond, but also pave ways for its follow members to exploit the Thread test resources, such as test bed, test harness and UL’s lab.
“The arrival of this milestone generates a new wave of momentum for Thread. We’re very excited to see the first Thread 1.1-conforming stacks come to market, and for our member companies to move their Thread-enabled products towards commercial availability,” said Grant Erickson, president of the Thread Group. “As an organization, we’re addressing a profound gap in the way we connect things where people live and work — an easy-to-use, IP-based, resilient, low-power, and secure way to connect and control products — and we’re very pleased that our memberships’ vision, collaboration, and hard work are coming to fruition.”
Furthermore, the collaboration between the group and Granite River Labs developed a test harness which runs automated test scripts on the test bed. By doing so, proper functionality is confirmed, while enabling the highest degree of speed and repeatability in the testing process.
Meanwhile, the test harness also features an automated DUT (device under test) and API (programming interface). Both of them enables members to integrate the Thread test harness into their internal automated testing environment and run constant regression testing.
On the other hand, the group expects to see more conforming stacks presented to the market in the near future. Currently, it contains an amount of leading silicon providers in its membership, and is working with Labs to perform interoperability testing with the conformant stacks from ARM, NXP, and Silicon Labs.
A specific recognition, “Thread certified”, will be imposed on the conforming stacks while interoperability tests successfully are completed. This process is expected to take place in late 2016.