Software compiled on the new tools will improve the performance of applications on Intel processors by up to 40% compared with software compiled with other tools, Intel claimed. The compilers will also help users of the latest 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processor and various Xeon processors take advantage of Intel's hyperthreading technology.
Compilers are needed to act as interpreters between programming languages such as C++ and Fortran and the machine language that controls the actions of processors such as Intel's Pentium 4, Xeon, or Itanium 2 processors. Intel's compilers are optimised for its processors, and will allow users of computing-intensive applications to enjoy performance increases.
Hyperthreading technology allows multiple software threads to run more efficiently on a single processor. However, the software program must be written with multiple software threads in order to take advantage of the technology. Developers working with the new compilers can turn on an option that opportunistically looks to create multiple software threads in applications.
The C++ compiler costs $399 (£254) for either the Windows or Linux version. The Fortran complier costs $499 for the Windows version, and $699 for the Linux version.
All the compilers are available for download from Intel, and will be available on CD-ROM by the end of the month.