The battle for him SBC sector (single board computer) has claimed another victim. For a few weeks INTEL has discontinued all 3 teams with those who covered this sector:
- Joule: focused on the IOT sector
- Edison: to provide manufacturers with a platform on which to make developments
- Galileo: direct rival of raspberry pi 3 and the like
These three plates presented in 2014 incorporated some very cool features how to be based on x86 architecture or be able to feed by POE, but these improvements have not been enough to face the hegemony of the plates Raspberry Pi and Arduino, current undisputed leaders of this sector.
The Maker community uses SBCs for a wide variety of projects, ranging from home-built 3D printers to automation at industrial sites. The attractive lies not only in the tiny size and energy consumption. Most SBCs are Linux compatible, making building custom applications or upgrading existing open source systems convenient and easy.
The reason for Intel's failure in the SBC sector
Most of the opinions that we can find on the Internet about why the sales strategy has failed of these teams points out that Intel has not given enough support to the community to encourage great development work to be done with your teams. Without a reason to feel especially attracted to, the community has preferred to continue focusing its efforts mainly on Raspberry and Arduino. Products that enjoy monstrous developer communities where we can find everything we can think of.
Perhaps it is not a complete surrender and it is only a tactical retreat. There is no official statement from the manufacturer, so it is possible that at the end of the year the manufacturer will surprise us with a new range of equipment with which to try again to get the throne.
We will be awaiting future communications from the manufacturer in this regard!