Intel is reported to be scrapping its Galileo, Joule and Edison computing modules.
Developers and product makers will have until 16 September to place orders for the Galileo, Joule and Edison boards, with Intel to stop shipping the units after 16 December. Any orders placed from now cannot be cancelled or refunded.
That's all according to ZDNet, which obtained documentation revealing the chipmaker's plans to discontinue the three products at the end of 2017.
Intel's abandonment of its Arduino-certified Galileo development board, which launched back in October 2013, will not come as much of a surprise, with Microsoft having dropped support for the platform in its Windows 10 IoT Core product in 2015.
Intel launched the Edison platform the following year, as an SD card-sized PC to power Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices. The chip, which Intel touted as a 'Pentium class PC', runs Linux, and despite its size, has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules and can connect to its own app store.
Meanwhile, Joule launched just last year and took aim at the robotics market. The tiny computer packs a quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom processor, up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage, and is capable of 4K video display.
It appears that Intel is still planning on taking the fight to the Raspberry Pi, though, as its Minnowboard 3 board does not appear in the documentation. Intel's Curie chip, destined for wearables, also appears to have survived.
However, ZDNet notes that, as well as its the Galileo, Edison and Joule platforms, Intel is also discontinuing its Recon Jet smart glasses products, including the Recon Jet Pro Plus eyewear for enterprise, the Recon Jet Pro and Recon Jet.
Intel told Computing it would not be commenting on the matter.
In April Intel scrapped its Intel Developer Forum and cancelled the event planned for August this year as a result of the continuing slowdown in the PC market and a decline in attendees to the event.
However, in addition to failing to make in-roads into the smartphone and low-power mobile-device market with Atom, and not making much progress in Internet of Things and connected devices, Intel is also facing its biggest challenge in two decades from its old rival AMD.
It this week launched some genuinely competitive server microprocessors, called Epyc, like its well-received Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 parts based on the Zen architecture. AMD is not only claiming big leaps in performance over its previous server microprocessor architecture, but also over Intel.
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