Intel is looking to expand the reach of its low-power Atom chip platform through the creation of a developer program. Intel's Atom program will give developers a place to create applications that will run on Atom-based devices, and also an application store through which the ISVs can sell their software.
is looking to build a developer community around its Atom processor.
At the Intel Developer Forum here Sept. 22, CEO
Paul Otellini introduced the Atom Developer Program, aimed at enabling ISVs to
create and sell applications for netbooks based on the Atom chip.
Support for handheld devices and smartphones will come in the future,
The program will offer development tools, tech support and SDKs (software
development kits) to developers, and also will give ISVs a storefront through
which they can sell their applications, he said.
Acer, Asustek Computer and Dell have signed on to support the program, and
Otellini said he expects more to join.
Intel introduced Atom in March 2008 with the idea of driving the Intel
architecture down into lower-power devices. It's a key part of Intel's push to
move beyond its PC and server roots, and to make IA a ubiquitous platform for
everything from the smallest Internet-connected device to the most powerful
That transition is what Otellini referred to as a continuum of IA across the
Intel already has taken steps to extend Atom's reach. In March, Intel
announced a partnership
with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing,
with Intel porting the Atom CPU to
TSCM's technology platforms.
The netbook space, which Intel has been pushing through its Atom products, is
limited by the fact that few applications have been built for the devices'
small size. Making it easier for developers to build and sell their
applications for Atom-based devices will help increase the reach of the chip
platform, according to Intel officials.
Intel is looking to open up Atom to as wide a field as possible, with
support for a variety of operating systems and run-time environments. Adobe
(Flash) and Microsoft (Silverlight) will port their run-time environments to
the Atom platform, according to Intel. JavaFX is expected to be ported at a
The Atom Processor Developer Program SDKs will be available later in the fall,
though membership applications are being accepted now. For more information,
developers can go here.