Intel brings ISV programs under single umbrella

Intel brings ISV programs under single umbrella

Intel is bundling existing software developer programs under a single developer network. The global initiative coincides with the launch of new design tools and architectures for the mobility market.

Intel senior solutions architect, Peter Kerney, said it had previously maintained a number of different initiatives for developers, but these had been dispersed across product sets and market divisions. For example, mobility operated independently of digital home, which in turn was separate from the Itanium group.

The unified network would make it easier for application builders to navigate Intel's programs and identify new initiatives that suited their business, he said.

The chipmaker has also formulated several new programs for its emerging products, including a mobile platform software developer kit (SDK) designed to simplify the creation of applications for laptops and handheld devices.

"We found that when we released Centrino there were a lot of connectivity issues with applications that were not being well addressed by our programming interfaces," Kerney said.

Intel has also introduced the ability for developers to maintain consistent battery life across all platforms, he added.

"Developers don't have to specify their chosen platform anymore," he said.

"They just do the mobility side and the interface will be consistent. It doesn't matter what kind of network connection you are using."

Kerney said the new mobility SDK would also help Intel identify ISVs that were developing applications.

He admitted it had been a challenge detecting local companies working in this environment.

"We want to increase the visibility of these tools so that developers start to make contact with us and identify themselves," he said. The kit is available to local developers now for $US1495.

Additionally, the vendor has launched a multi-core readiness program to help those building applications for its dual-core componentry, as well as 64-bit extensions.

Kerney said a division had been established to give developers threading tools and early access to forthcoming platforms, such as its Extreme Edition and Pentium D processor lines.

A software dispatch initiative has also been designed to provide ISVs with quarterly CDs and DVDs featuring technical tools for its emerging platforms.

Despite collecting all of its programs under one umbrella, Kerney said developers would still be categorised into tiers, ranging from smaller developers to those working with enterprise platforms. The availability of resources would be dependent on these levels, he said.

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