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Intel Adds Dev Tools for 'Prescott', 'Bulverde'

Intel Tuesday unveiled new software tools it says will help developers simplify writing the next big application running on its latest desktop and mobile chips.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip making giant unveiled its Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) version 4.0 and its Intel Threading Tools version 2.0 for its Intel Pentium 4 processors (formerly code-named Prescott). Both are available either as a download or on a CD.

The IPP software will also support Intel's next generation Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) application processor (code-named Bulverde) with Wireless MMX technology, which is due later this quarter.

Intel has indicated both Prescott and Bulverde processors are crucial to its future on the desktop and in mobile and embedded marketplace.

"With continued advancements in processor technology, there has been an explosion of computing platforms and electronic devices," Jon Khazam, general manager of Intel's Software Products Division said in a statement.

Released last month, Prescott is Intel's first attempt at 90-nanometer process manufacturing. Running at 3.40GHz, 3.20 GHz, 3.0 GHz and 2.80 GHz with 1MB on-die L2 cache, the newest Pentium 4 supports Hyper-Threading Technology, enhanced NetBurst Microarchitecture, and contain 13 new sets of instructions, such as streaming Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) -- designed to improve 3D and multimedia capabilities.

The company said it is already working on a 4GHz Pentium 4 and expects to release it by the end of 2004.

When it debuts, Intel said Bulverde will add camera phone capabilities and more low-power performance. The processor will include Intel Wireless MMX technology for better multimedia; Intel Quick Capture technology that allows for real time video capture, rendering 4 mega pixels on the fly; and Intel Wireless SpeedStep technology that allows for three new low power modes.

To address those needs, the IPP 4.0 software library features common APIs and includes extended support for the latest media and voice coding standards; extensive sample code to help accelerate software development; and support for cryptography and string processing for Intel-based desktop and server platforms.

Likewise, version 2.0 of Intel's Threading Tools focuses on making applications run smoother. The platform includes Intel Thread Checker, Intel Thread Profiler, and Intel VTune Performance Analyzer.

Intel said its Thread Checker tool locates hard-to-find bugs. The Thread Profiler locates threading bottlenecks in Win32 or OpenMP threaded code and Intel VTune Performance Analyzer locates performance bottlenecks.

The new version lets developers run the tools and view results within the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Development Environment, features one click diagnostic help to view and resolve threading errors, and includes compiler support for Intel C++ Compiler, Intel Fortran Compiler and Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2002 and 2003 Editions. The tools are available for Intel's chips that support Hyper-Threading Technology such as Pentium 4 and Xeon.

Intel said IPP 4.0 is available for the Windows and Linux operating systems and is offered at the suggested list price of $199. Intel Threading Tools 2.0 is priced at $1,198.