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Intel Hands Developers its Library Card

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Thursday released a new version of its Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) for software developers.

Developers use software libraries to build features, such as audio, video, image, signal and speech processing, into an application.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip making giant said version 3.0 has been optimized for the Intel Pentium 4, Intel Xeon, Intel Itanium 2 processors and processors based on Intel XScale technology, including the Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA262 application processors.

New to this version are function domains for speech and video, as well as source code examples to upgrade to new chips. The library includes decoders and/or encoders for audio (MP3, AAC), video (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4), image (JPEG, JPEG Viewer, IJG, JPEG-2000), speech (G.723.1, G.729, Aurora, Gaussian mixture methods) and threading (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP3). For processors based on the Intel XScale technology, new features provide a variety of function additions for video and audio (MPEG-4, AAC, MP3, JPEG-2000) and other audio processing functions.

The library supports the Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, WindowsCE, and Microsoft PocketPC operating systems and versions of the Linux operating system.

Intel says since its IPP library is a cross-architecture library with a common API, those features will work across multiple Intel processor-based platforms without having to re-write the application source code for those features.

The library is available starting at $199 each or $155 in quantities of ten through either Intel's Web site or its resellers.

"Our goal is to make Intel processors the port of choice by enabling developers to write code once for optimal performance and eliminate the need for re-writes as new Intel processors are introduced," said Intel Software Products Division general manager Jonathan Khazam.