Intel Launches IPP Part II

Intel got kudos Tuesday from developers at its Developer Forum in Tokyo with the release of its Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) 2.0.

The downloadable cross-platform software library is comprised of functions for making APIs.

The latest upgrade adds Linux 64-bit OS support to already available Linux 32-bit and Windows 32- and 64-bit support. Intel IPP 2.0 adds audio coding and video codecs (coder/decoder) that provide support in areas of MP3 decode, JPEG, MPEG-4 decode, and H.263 decode.

Other new features include small matrix operations and Vector math support will benefit small-scale numeric application programming requirements.

The library supports Microsoft Visual C++ and Intel C/C++ compilers and Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Microsoft Windows CE .NET, Microsoft PocketPC 2002, and Linux operating systems.

Intel said the IPP 2.0 for Intel Architecture will be available in May in single units for $199 and in units of ten for $179, and includes one year of support services and product upgrades. The improved Intel PCA applications processors will be available at no charge this quarter.

The chip making giant says by using IPP, developers are able to use a common development environment for applications that can run on the latest Intel processors for the PC, server and wireless market segments.

In many cases, developers must use unique application development environments for each processor. Intel IPP 2.0 allows developers to write to a single application programming interface (API) that is optimized for the latest Intel processors, including the Intel Pentium 4, Intel Xeon and Intel Itanium processors and Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors based on Intel XScale technology.

“As developers increasingly face the challenge of creating applications for a variety of platforms, Intel is committed to providing a common development environment across all of our key architectures both now and in the future,” said Intel software products division director Jon Khazam. “Intel IPP 2.0, available for both the Intel Architecture and the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA), gives developers a low-cost and time-reducing solution for writing high-performance applications that take advantage of the most recent Intel microprocessors.”

The library is the latest in a set of cross platform tools from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel. The company is currently building support for Intel PCA into future versions of Intel Compilers and the Intel Vtune Performance Analyzer.

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