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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Intel Outlines Software Programs for Apple Developers to Boost Multicore, Threaded Application Design

Intel Corporation today announced new software development tools and resources through its Intel® Software Network. These tools and resources will help Apple developers take advantage of Intel® Core™ Duo processor technologies to maximize application performance on the new Intel–based Mac platforms.

The special beta versions of the Intel® Fortran Compiler, Intel® C++ Compiler, Intel® Math Kernel Library and Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives are available now. Intel will also provide other resources to assist with software optimization, dual core threading and migration information. More information on these programs is available at

“Intel is pleased to offer Apple developers a free trial of our products through a special beta program, and we look forward to developer feedback prior to introducing our products in the coming months,” said William Savage, general manager of Intel’s Software Products Division. “Our highly optimized compilers and libraries yield significant performance advantages for applications and take advantage of the opportunities made available through multi–core and multi–threaded environments.”

“High performance scientific and creative customers need to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their systems,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We’re thrilled that Intel has brought their respected suite of tools to help Apple developers maximize the performance of their applications on Intel–based Macs.”

These development tools are integrated into Apple’s Xcode development environment and offer an alternative to existing tools and compilers. The Intel Fortran compiler enables the scientific and technical community to bring the fastest versions of their applications to Mac OS X and Intel–based Mac platforms using industry–standard math libraries and language. The Intel C++ Compiler provides the ability for Xcode users to apply targeted optimizations to performance–sensitive areas of their applications, allowing them to get the most out of the Intel Core Duo processor.

Intel augments these compilers with advanced support for threading through OpenMP* and auto–parallelism capabilities. The Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) is a set of highly optimized mathematical routines designed for engineering, science, and financial applications that require maximum performance on Intel processors. The Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) is a software library of highly optimized functions for multimedia, audio, video, speech, computer vision, image and signal processing.

Based on Intel’s proven suite of software development products for other platforms, each product has been transitioned to Mac OS X’s Xcode development environment to ensure complete fidelity with other Intel platforms, giving Mac OS X developers a familiar base to use Intel’s powerful development tools.

The suite of development tools from Intel will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2006, and are now available for free trial in the special beta program.



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