Intel announced that it will discontinue the production of its Quark-series SoCs microcontrollers. However, Intel customers will be allowed to make their final orders for the chips between now and July 19, 2019.

They say it would still fulfill Quark orders up until July 17, 2022. This is because manufacturers of the chips have very long product cycles and need time to develop and replace models that use these processors.

The idea behind Intel’s 32-bit Quark processors was to optimize the compute power of IoT applications, including smart home devices and wearables. Quark processors have even found their way to a few gaming PCs.

factory view Quark series SoCs microcontrollers

Intel launched the Quark-series in November 2013 on the Galileo development board and followed it up in 2014 with the launch of the Edison; and the Curie module featuring a Quark SE processor.

Along the way, the Curie series began to perform poorly and was dropped by Intel in 2017; this came within a year of launching the Atom-based Joule Computer-On-Module (COM) family. Not long after, Intel announced it was discontinuing the Galileo, the Joule, Edison, and the Curie.

Although Intel discontinued all its Quark-powered products in 2017, the Galileo, Joule, Edison and Curie will remain available to interested customers till June 15, 2020.

Judging from the trend, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Intel is discontinuing the entire Quark and the Quark SE family. Sales had taken a hit and Intel seem to be working on something bigger and better. The news was picked up from a publication on Intel’s website.

Here’s a full list of Intel’s Quark products to be discontinued:

  • Intel Quark SoC X1020D
  • Intel Quark SoC X1000
  • Intel Quark SoC X1010
  • Intel Quark SoC X1021D
  • Intel Quark SoC X1001
  • Intel Quark SoC X1011
  • Intel Quark SoC X1020
  • Intel Quark SoC X1021
  • Intel Quark Microcontroller D1000
  • Intel Quark Microcontroller D2000
  • Intel Quark SE C1000 Microcontroller
  • Intel Quark SE C1000 Microcontroller
  • Intel Quark Microcontroller D2000

From what we know, Intel still hasn’t announced a new successor to replace the Quark Processor series. For now though, if you’re building anything on Quark you’ve been advised to stop.

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