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Digi International launches Thread-ready XBee module

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Digi International has reported that it has created a Thread-ready RF module to help advance the Thread networking protocol for use in wireless industrial applications.

The Thread-ready module is a new addition to the Digi XBee® embedded RF module platform.

"The Thread-ready XBee module provides Digi OEM module customers a simple migration path to quickly and easily drop a future-proof solution into their existing board designs," said Joel Young, Chief Technology Officer, Digi International. "Customers can easily design-in with our Digi XBee solution today, knowing they will have the full benefits of the Digi XBee ecosystem such as ease of use, reliability and scalability."

The module itself will be based on the same industry-leading specifications of Digi's current 802.15.4 based Series 2 XBee hardware, but will include the higher memory EM3587 chipset from Silicon Labs. This new offering provides 512kB flash.

"As a founding member of the Thread Group, we're working with leaders like Digi to incorporate Thread into its well-known XBee brand," said Tyson Tuttle, Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Labs. "Thread's approach to wireless networking offers many technical advantages, and we're very pleased to work with Digi to provide customers with an advanced solution that's ready for implementation."

The Thread protocol has a low-power, IPv6 addressable, self-healing mesh network with advanced security implemented at the networking layer.

"The official general market availability, set for May 2016, will be the first of a series of Thread-based products Digi will be releasing throughout the year," said Jay Kilby, Director of RF Product Management, Digi International. "As a contributing member of the Thread Group, Digi has access to early specifications, tools and information for development of this advanced network technology. Our goal is to advance Thread's capabilities and application within industrial networking solutions, which will include a fully certified Thread module, border router and more available later this year."

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