Intel updates software tools for Prescott

Intel has added software development tools for its Prescott processors to its software library, as well as tools to help improve...

Intel has added software development tools for its Prescott processors to its software library, as well as tools to help improve the performance of applications that use its hyperthreading technology.

The Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP) 4.0 library contains a common application programming interface that software developers can use to build applications across desktops, servers and mobile devices with Intel processors. It now supports the Prescott chips introduced last week.

IPP 4.0 will also support Bulverde, the next generation of Intel's XScale processors for mobile devices, when that chip is released in the second quarter.

The toolset contains improvements to media coding standards and enhanced cryptography, among other things. Versions are available on Intel's website for download or on CD-Rom for Windows and Linux. It costs $199, and is available immediately.

Intel also unveiled Threading Tools 2.0, which allows developers to verify software threads.

It contains three separate tools called Intel Thread Checker, Intel Thread Profiler and Intel VTune Performance Analyzer. It can also be downloaded from Intel's website or loaded off a CD-Rom. The threading tools work with Pentium 4 or Xeon processors running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, and they cost $1,198.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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