Intel’s Galileo Discontinuation and the Future of IoT Hardware Development Kits

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3Q 2017 | IN-4638


The Battle for Developers


In June (2017), Intel announced that it was discontinuing its Galileo, Edison, and Joule development boards with a last product shipment date to be December 16, 2017 for each product line. Intel quietly made the announcement in the form of product change notifications detailing the discontinuances. Intel’s development kits were a key component in its strategy to attract developers to its ecosystem, and it is seen as an attempt by Intel to not miss the IoT wave like it had with mobile. This announcement does not mean that Intel is giving up on its IoT aspirations, but it should serve as a warning sign for other IoT hardware development kit manufacturers about how to attract developers in the changing and maturing IoT market.   

Positioning in the IoT Era


There are several reasons why Intel would discontinue these development kits, and while these discontinuances could simply be Intel pulling unprofitable products from its portfolio offering, the reality is that in the short-term, hardwa…

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