A recap of August's news from the IoT landscape

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Google kills Cloud IoT Core

Google introduced Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service for securely connecting and managing devices, at the Google I/O conference in May 2017. A few years later, Google is discontinuing the project. “Google Cloud IoT Core is being retired on August 16, 2023. Contact your Google Cloud account team for more information”, reads the only public statement on Google Cloud’s web page.

Privacy concerns over Amazon’s acquisition of iRobot

iRobot is known for introducing the Roomba, one of the best-selling robot vacuums on Amazon, in 2002. Last month, Amazon and iRobot signed a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire the makers of the Roomba vacuum. Given Amazon’s privacy concerns, iRobot’s CEO reassured its customers the company does not and will not sell their personal information.

Ubuntu runs out-of-the-box on RISC-V boards

RISC-V is a new paradigm for Open Source hardware, developing a free and open Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). Within a few days, Canonical announced it enabled Ubuntu on Allwinner’s Nezha RISC-V and StarFive’s VisionFive board. Combining the best open-source architecture with the best open-source operating system, porting Ubuntu on RISC-V further facilitates the adoption of novel computing architectures.

VisionFive 2: a RISC-V alternative to the Pi?

Just a few days after Canonical announced it enabled Ubuntu on the VisionFive board, StarFive released its VisionFive 2 single-board computer (SBC). Priced at $55 for its 2GB model and $85 for the 8GB model, the VisionFive 2 is a great entry into the RISC-V computing ecosystem. RISC-V isn’t at Raspberry Pi prices yet, but it’s now at parity with non-Pi ARM boards.

Bosch to build digital twin of manufacturing plant

Bosch aims to create a digital twin of the machinery and process flow at one of its plants in Madrid. To accelerate the digitisation of its industrial facilities and work on the simulation, Bosch is partnering with Multiverse Computing. The partnership will help manufacturers respond to customer demands, reduce downtime and adapt to supply chain uncertainties while achieving sustainability and production targets.