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Intel puts up $1m for Atom netbook apps

Cliff Saran

Intel has unveiled a $1m fund to attract developers to create applications for Atom-based netbooks.

The chipmaker hopes developers will create applications optimised for netbooks by taking into account their mobility and smaller screen size.

Called the Intel Atom Developer Program Million Dollar Development Fund, the initiative aims to accelerate innovation in software for products with Intel Atom processors, starting with netbooks, and eventually supporting smartphones, consumer electronics and more devices.

The fund will be available to individual and student developers as well as small, medium and large software companies to support development of applications for the netbook platform. The first three elements of the development fund - Fast Track 2010, Dollars for Downloads 2010 and the Intel Atom Developer Challenge - are available now.

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