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Intel launches Atom SDK

Intel launches Atom SDK

Intel's Atom SDK - currently available in beta - offers an easy way to develop apps for netbooks running both Windows and Moblin.

Intel is hoping to get developers interested in its low-power Atom processor with the launch of a software development kit for the platform.

As reported by CNET's Crave blog, the Intel Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit - available in beta form only for the moment - offers developers a framework and the libraries required for development on the Intel Atom platform.

Interestingly, the company has not only covered Windows in the SDK: the beta is also available for application development aimed at Moblin, Intel's own Linux distribution which aims to bring sub-five-second boot times and ease of use to Atom-based netbooks.

Most notable is Intel's mention of a "consumer store client emulator for testing," which appears to indicate that the company is hoping to bring the success of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market to the netbook platform with a shop of its very own.

Indeed, jkOnTheRun believes that not only is the company looking to capitalise on the desire for easy ways to purchase and install applications on mobile devices, but is actually attempting to position Moblin Linux above Windows in the netbook and ultra-portable tablet marketplace.

Citing the fact that the SDK download link for Moblin is positioned above the one for Windows development - described by jkOnTheRun's Kevin Tofel as "subtle, but interesting" - and the incentives offered by the Moblin Garage which include "up to 70 percent of the revenue from every sale from every store," the consensus appears to be that Intel is hoping to offer a real challenge to Microsoft in the netbook marketplace - despite earlier setbacks to Linux-based netbook use.

Are you pleased to see Intel offering the Atom SDK, or is it the idea of a Moblin App Store that has you excited? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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yakyb 3rd December 2009, 12:34 Quote
with out looking at the SDK

isn't the atom just a normal cpu (just low powered) and therefore what the hell is the SDK for?
Bindibadgi 3rd December 2009, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
with out looking at the SDK

isn't the atom just a normal cpu (just low powered) and therefore what the hell is the SDK for?

Intel optimisations for its in order pipeline + hyperthreading architecture.
l3v1ck 3rd December 2009, 15:02 Quote
So Intel want people to code around their Atom because it's so pathetically under powered.
Why not just get it to run DOS and be done with it ;)

Seriously, I'd never even contemplate buying an Atom powered Netbook.
AmyBarton 4th December 2009, 06:59 Quote
An overarching goal of the Intel Atom Developer Program is to help create an ecosystem of applications for netbooks: to drive new innovative uses plus applications specifically designed for the netbook size and portability. As this is a growing market we want to enhance the overall user experience, and give the opportunity to developers to write once, and sell in multiple stores. Developers can also write components to sell to other developers. The beta SDK announced this week contains the steps necessary for developers to make their applications "store-ready." The app stores will be built upon the Intel app store framework, with applications available at the Intel partner OEM's stores, opening in 2010.

-- Amy from Intel
Saivert 7th December 2009, 00:54 Quote
yes because Atom is now so much more than just the processor. It's an entire platform moniker.
and that platform includes software!
Bindibadgi 7th December 2009, 01:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by AmyBarton
An overarching goal of the Intel Atom Developer Program is to help create an ecosystem of applications for netbooks: to drive new innovative uses plus applications specifically designed for the netbook size and portability. As this is a growing market we want to enhance the overall user experience, and give the opportunity to developers to write once, and sell in multiple stores. Developers can also write components to sell to other developers. The beta SDK announced this week contains the steps necessary for developers to make their applications "store-ready." The app stores will be built upon the Intel app store framework, with applications available at the Intel partner OEM's stores, opening in 2010.

-- Amy from Intel

Welcome Amy! Thank you for the information!
barndoor101 7th December 2009, 02:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Welcome Amy! Thank you for the information!

calm down there bindi
AmyBarton 7th December 2009, 05:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Quote:
Originally Posted by AmyBarton
An overarching goal of the Intel Atom Developer Program is to help create an ecosystem of applications for netbooks: to drive new innovative uses plus applications specifically designed for the netbook size and portability. As this is a growing market we want to enhance the overall user experience, and give the opportunity to developers to write once, and sell in multiple stores. Developers can also write components to sell to other developers. The beta SDK announced this week contains the steps necessary for developers to make their applications "store-ready." The app stores will be built upon the Intel app store framework, with applications available at the Intel partner OEM's stores, opening in 2010.

-- Amy from Intel

Welcome Amy! Thank you for the information!

You're welcome. :-)
-- Amy
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