has made its beta version of the Intel Atom Developer Program
Software Development Kit (SDK) available for Microsoft Windows* and
Moblin* operating systems developers. The kit helps software companies
and individuals design and submit applications ("apps") for Intel-based
netbooks to ultimately sell at stores opening next year.
Developers can download the kit and learn more at appdeveloper.intel.com.
Unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in September, the Intel Atom
Developer Program is designed for independent software vendors (ISVs)
and software developers to create innovative applications and/or
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 forecasted to reach more than 50
million** units sold by end of 2009.
"Consumer adoption of mobile computing and Atom-based netbooks is
growing rapidly, and there is an immediate opportunity for developers
to capitalize on the popularity of these small form-factor, on-the-go
devices," said Renee James, corporate vice president and general
manager, Intel Software and Services Group. "We are excited about the
innovation and energy from developers around creating applications and
unlocking new uses for Atom platforms."
The Beta version of the SDK is now available for both Microsoft Windows (C and C++) and Moblin
(C) operating systems. With the Beta SDK, developers can submit their
applications for validation and, once validated, begin to take
advantage of the program’s revenue-generating opportunities in 2010.
Intel is offering incentives for developers to begin submitting
applications by offering a chance to win big prizes including a smart
car or vacation package.