64-bit computing Intel tools ease move to 64-bit apps


64-bit computing Intel tools ease move to 64-bit apps

Antony Savvas
Intel is making it easier for developers to bring 64-bit computing to users with new software tools that help convert 32-bit code into faster 64-bit formats.

The development tools can be used to support both Intel and AMD 64-bit processors. Intel said the tools would help kick-start its Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) programme. The company already offers similar products for its Itanium 2 processor family.

New products that support Intel EM64T - which allows computing platforms to access larger amounts of memory - include Intel Compilers, Intel Integrated Performance Primitives, Intel VTune Performance Analysers and the Intel Math Kernel Library.

These tools support Windows and Linux operating systems, and can be used with Intel Xeon and Intel Pentium 4 processor-based servers and workstations.

Jonathan Khazam, general manager of Intel's software products division, said, "Developers understand that turning 32-bit code into 64-bit code is not easy, regardless of whether an Intel platform or a competitive component is being used.

"These tools for Intel EM64T make the job easier and application performance better."

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