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December 1, 2009

Intel launches beta SDK for Atom processor netbook apps

Allows software companies, individuals design and submit apps for Intel-based netbooks

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel has released beta version of the Intel Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit (SDK) for both Microsoft Windows (C and C++) and Linux-based Moblin (C) operating systems developers.

The company said that the new kit helps software companies and individuals design and submit applications for Intel-based netbooks to sell at stores opening next year.

Earlier in September, the company has unveiled Intel Atom Developer Program designed for independent software vendors (ISVs) and software developers to create applications and components for netbooks. The program provides tools, SDKs and community resources to develop new apps or port existing apps to Atom-based devices including netbooks, which are forecast to reach more than 50m units sold by end of 2009.

According to Intel, the beta SDK allows developers to submit applications for validation and once validated, will begin to take advantage of the program’s revenue-generating opportunities in 2010.

Renee James, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel Software and Services Group, said: Consumer adoption of mobile computing and Atom-based netbooks is growing rapidly, and there is an immediate opportunity for developers to capitalise on the popularity of these small form-factor, on-the-go devices. We are excited about the innovation and energy from developers around creating applications and unlocking new uses for Atom platforms.

Intel said that developers can download the beta version of the SDK and learn about the program, application programming interfaces (APIs), validation process, application store framework and developer contests at appdeveloper.intel.com.

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