effectively become key control points.
Other members of the Thread Group include ARM, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs, all makers of lower-power semiconductors that tend not to have a lot of processing power. That makes them more power-efficient and less complex than, say, chips from Intel or Qualcomm, and more dependent on Nest-type products to connect to the cloud, where in this version of the connected home most of the computation is likely to take place.
Besides Nest, consumer product companies in the group are Big Ass Fans, Yale Security and the appliance arm of Samsung. Other large makers of home products, like Westinghouse, Philips, Honeywell or General Electric, were not included.
Among technology companies, representatives of both Intel and Qualcomm said there was little contact, if any, with the Thread Group before the announcement. Apple was not invited to join, said Sujata Neidig, a business development manager at Freescale and a member of the Thread board. Apple has a framework for home device communications known as HomeKit.
“Time to market was a priority,” she said. “Things they are doing around HomeKit could be complementary; we don’t know.” Applications to join the Thread Group will be available later this year, the group said. Product certification should begin in 2015.