Intel launches developer-focused sites

Intel (INTC) on Thursday unveiled several sites for software developers, including one in which the chipmaker will share ideas and alpha code in order to solicit feedback.

In addition, Renee James, VP of Intel's software group, said during her keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, that the company had completed the acquisition of Havok, a maker of software tools for creating computer graphics. Intel had announced last week it planned to buy the Irish company, which would operate as a subsidiary of Intel.

On the new sites, James introduced, which currently has information on performance tools that won't be available until 2009, James said. The tools include a debugger for use in cases where Java applications can not be written entirely in the Java language, a Performance Tuning Utility, and a C++ compiler.

"We are contributing intellectual property, our tools, our people, and our sample code to really communicate with developers," James told attendees.

James also unveiled, a community site dedicated to data-center power management around Linux servers based on the Intel platform. Other vendors contributing information to the site are Oracle and Linux distributor Red Hat.

For Linux developers, Intel launched in July, which is dedicated to developing Linux for Intel-based mobile internet devices. Partners in the site include Canonical, which leads the development of Ubuntu Linux, and Chinese Linux vendor Red Flag Software.

Intel this year launched an initiative to help universities worldwide curriculum for teaching computer students about parallel programming, a skill needed to built software for Intel's and other chipmakers' multi-core processors. James said Intel expected to have 1,000 universities participating in the program next year.

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