Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh is tested for Gecko SoCs

Silicon Labs believes it has released the industry’s first comprehensive network performance results based on large-scale, multicast testing of Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh software.

All testing was conducted at Silicon Labs’ Boston design centre using the company’s Wireless Gecko SoC platform to eliminate the device itself as a variable in testing the mesh protocols.

“Understanding the inner workings of mesh technologies helps developers assess how these network protocols perform in the key areas of power consumption, throughput, security and large network scalability,” said Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ IoT Products. “Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh are designed differently from the ground up, and we’re sharing our performance benchmark results to help developers select the right mesh connectivity option for their IoT designs,” he adds.

The mesh network benchmark results can be used by system designers to define expected behaviour for Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh in the 2.4GHz frequency band. Testing focused on device behaviour and impact on battery life, network throughput and latency, and the impact of network size on scalability and reliability.

Silicon Labs’ mesh network performance results are available as a series of application notes that define the methodology for performing the benchmark tests, enabling developers to replicate and run similar tests. The results provide guidance on mesh network design best practices and principles as well as expected field performance results.

Silicon Labs provides silicon, software and devices for a smarter, more connected world, targeting the Internet of Things, internet infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer and automotive markets.

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Silicon Labs’ mesh networking performance test results are available free of charge to developers at http://www.silabs.com/mesh-performance.