In the patch notes for Device OS 1.5.0-rc.1, the following changes stuck out to me and I felt that they warranted some discussion.
- [B5 SoM] B5 SoM platform support
- Removes xsom and asom platforms #2011
The addition of a B5 SoM i find quite interesting, as this is the first I’ve see of it and am curious what differentiates it from the “standard” BSoM (as they are indeed separate platforms).
The removal of the xsom is to be expected due to the discontinuation of Mesh, and the axing of normal Xenons. I find the removal of the ASoM to be somewhat disconcerting, as the entire point of the SoM form-factor (as I saw it) was allowing the creation of a universal “daughter-board” for your project, that could be slotted with a cellular or WiFi module depending on the deployment location.
During the Q/A with @zach and @will they had mentioned that they were in direct discussion with some enterprise customers regarding development of the ASoM, and that people should contact them directly for feedback/input on an M.2 Argon as they were still roadmappin the platform.
With this removal from the Device OS I’m curios as to the following:
- Will the SoM form factor ever receive a WiFi device? (I don’t see the point in it if this isn’t the case)
- While I’m painfully familiar with the difficulties of deploying a WiFi device to a customer’s site, it seems like Particle is leaning in heavily to Cellular, which has its own pros and cons. The biggest being the added cost of data, and the fact that WiFi is basically everywhere (difficulties of connecting aside). Why would I want to go with cellular, if WiFi is a valid (and cheaper) option?
I’m curious as to what others in the community think about this push towards cellular, and it’s broader ramifications on the Particle ecosystem.