Intel Kills Arduino 101 DIY Maker Board Family


Short Bytes: After killing its Joule, Edison, and Galileo compute modules, Intel has axed two more products. The company has announced that it’s discontinuing Intel Curie module and Arduino 101’s manufacturing. The final orders for Curie-based Arduino 101 could be made until September 17, 2017. The online support for Curie will also last through September 17, 2017.

Last month, Intel announced that it’s discontinuing its 3 compute module offerings — Joule, Edison, and Galileo. The company didn’t list any specific reasons, but it could be attributed to the explosive popularity of competitors like Raspberry Pi. Now, Intel has taken one more step back from the world of maker boards.

In a post published on its community forum, Intel announced the end-of-life timeline of the Intel Curie module. It accompanied the news that the company will discontinue the manufacturing of Arduino 101 board, which are themselves powered by Intel Curie modules.

As a result, Intel will support the last orders of Arduino 101 products through September 17, 2017, and complete those orders through December 17, 2017.

Image: Intel
Image: Intel

Talking about the support, the current forum-based support for these products will be available through September 17, 2017. After that, the resources will be only available for review and continue to be available until June 15, 2020. The open source offerings will remain available on GitHub.

This final blow to the maker community has made clear that Intel is giving up on hardware tinkerers in a small time. The company is actively looking for other manufacturers to take over Arduino 101 production but that doesn’t make up for Intel’s lack of public documentation that discouraged certain developers from trying out these offerings.

These steps could also be seen as a response to the increased competition from AMD. Whatever might be the case, Arduino 101 and Intel Curie will surely be missed.

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Source: Intel

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Adarsh Verma

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