Everyday I read hundreds of articles trying to find something interesting to write on CNX Software blog, and one way I keep track of news is to subscribe to RSS feeds using Thunderbird. From time to time, feeds get broken due to updates making them fail RSS validation, and today I noticed Samsung ARTIK feed had stopped working, so I went to the website, and…
Wait… What closure of ARTIK business? It turns out Samsung Electronics decided to shutdown their ARTIK product line in December 2018 as reported by Business Korea:
Samsung Electronics will pull the plug on its ARTIK project in four years after starting to develop the internet of things (IoT) platform.
IT industry experts say that Samsung decided to halt the ARTIK project because of its poor results. Samsung wanted to build an IoT ecosystem and lead the IoT market through the ARTIK project but it did not yield any tangible results.
Some critics said that the ARTIK project was not suitable for large companies such as Samsung.
Samsung is at least the second company with a failed entry into the “IoT market” after Intel discontinued its Galileo, Edison and Joule boards, followed by Curie module, and more recently Quark processors.
Samsung Electronics actually issued a notification of discontinuance of ARTIK product line on December 3, 2018, where the company explains that despite being committed to the IoT market, they’ve decided the ARTIK product would no longer continue.
In practical terms that means ARTIK 710, 710s, 530, 530s, 530s 1G, 520, 520s, 305s, 053, 053s, 055s, 030 and 020 modules will continue to be available until June 28, 2019, and the latest shipment is scheduled for before November 30, 2019. Customers had to provide their forecast no later than January 15, 2019… ARTIK Cloud will be discontinued too.
I should not be surprised about this news as I seldom heard about ARTIK based projects, but I still am since I just received balenaFin developer kit that includes an ARTIK-020 module beside a Raspberry Pi CM3+ Lite module. I suppose that’s just a low-volume development board, so Balena probably stocked enough modules, and maybe there’s an alternative available.
[Update from baleno:
… the artik020 used on the balenaFin is a white-label rebrand of the Silicon Labs bgm111, which is not being discontinued. Future boards will come with a Silicon Labs branded module but they’re the entirely the same thing underneath.