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Intel Curie Module, Arduino 101 Board Are Being Discontinued (Too)

Intel seems to have completely given up on its efforts to bring products specific to the Internet of Things. After discontinuing Intel Edison, Galileo and Joule boards & modules last month, forcing companies to look for alternatives, the company has now issued product discontinuance / end-of-life notices for Intel Curie Module and Arduino 101 board, itself based on the Curie module.

The two product change notification notice can be found below for:

  • Select Intel Curie Module Products – PDF
  • Select Intel Arduino 101 Products – PDF

The use of the word “Select” would normally mean some versions of the module and board won’t be affected, but I fail to see which ones here, as AFAIK there’s only one Arduino 101 board, and two variants of Curie modules, all three to be discontinued.

Arduino 101 will be phased out faster with the following milestones:

  • July 17, 2017 – Product Discontinuance Program Support Begins
  • September 17, 2017 – Last Product Discontinuance Order Date
  • September 17, 2017 – Orders are Non-Cancelable and Non-Returnable
  • December 17, 2017 – Last Product Discontinuance Shipment Date

However, you’ll still have until July 17, 2018 to get Intel Curie modules:

  • July 17, 2017 – Product Discontinuance Program Support Begins
  • September 15, 2017 – Product Discontinuance Demand To Local Intel Representative
  • January 17, 2018 – Last Product Discontinuance Order Date
  • January 17, 2018 – Orders are Non-Cancelable and Non-Returnable
  • July 17, 2018 – Last Product Discontinuance Shipment Date

Intel also posted about the news in a forum post, where they mentioned searching for alternative manufacturers for Arduino 101 board, that is until Curie is completely gone, and documentation and tools will be available until June 15, 2020, and open source code will still be found in Github.

Intel’s IoT firing squad will obviously cause collateral damages, as any company who worked on products with Curie module may have to change plans. Affected products include UDOO X86 board, Gumstix Radium 96BIE board, and Xiaomi smart running shoes. At least Intel allows companies around one year to receive enough modules to possibly continue selling their products until 2019 or 2020. It will all depend on how much stock they are ready to order before January 17, 2018.

Via Hackaday and Golem

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