schufti wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if soon after successful launch of esp32, esp8266 will be withdrawn ...
just my 2¢
From the Espressif website.
Espressif provides a minimum longevity commitment of 12 years for a set of products listed below.
ESP8266 - 12 years from January 1s, 2014
I'm sure that the "Arduino" market is not a huge factor in Espressif's long range plans for the ESP8266. What they really are after is manufactures that use their products. And as a designer for an electronic controls manufacturing company the above statement is a strong one. One that made me consider designing in their part. If they didn't live up to that claim then I would be very reluctant to take a chance on any new product from them.
While I'm here for my own interests the company I work for does not use the Arduino IDE. I do consider the Arduino IDE as an entrypoint for a lot of future designers. It is in a chip manufacturer's interests to make it easy to get young talent interested in their products. Microchip is a good example of that. I started using early PIC parts in my designs and it has continued all this time.