Intel today announced System Studio 2016, a major revision of its toolset for developers building applications for embedded systems and connected devices.
The new release provides a comprehensive suite of tools to help system and embedded developers deliver more energy-efficient, higher-performing and smarter solutions for connected devices across a wide range of system and embedded platforms, from PCs and tablets to automobiles, medical devices and the growing Internet of Things (IoT), Intel said.
New features include optimized compilers and libraries that provide up to four times the performance of previous versions. Intel also added improved energy efficiency profiling to the toolset, and advanced debug, trace and analysis to strengthen system reliability.
Intel System Studio 2016 also supports the latest platforms and operating systems including Intel Atom x3, x5 and x7 processors, the sixth-generation Intel Core processor and Intel Quark SoC X1000. It also adds support for Microsoft Windows 10 and FreeBSD to previously supported Linux, Android and Wind River VxWorks.
Intel announced Intel System Studio 2016 just weeks after delivering a slew of new technology for developers at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). In the opening address at IDF, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich highlighted new products, tools and programs that support the growing personalization of computing and described the trends creating new opportunities for developers.
"Computers are on our desks, in our bags, in our clothes, in our homes and on our bodies," Krzanich said in his address. "They are not only growing smarter and more connected, but gaining senses and becoming an extension of ourselves."
Krzanich noted that there is an ecosystem emerging around Intel to address these growing opportunities for computing, and he announced a number of updates to Intel RealSense technology that will bring depth sensing to more devices and applications, and announced new collaborations for securing the Internet of things, in addition to programs and toolkits for developers to help speed industrial IoT solutions to market.
Intel RealSense technology will be available on a wide range of platforms, opening up more opportunities for developers to create new depth-sensing hardware and software. In addition to Windows and Android, developers will be able to use Intel RealSense technology with Mac OS X, ROS, Linux, Scratch, Unity, XSplit, OBS, Structure SDK, OSVR, Unreal Engine 4 and Google's Project Tango. Also, a number of developers, including Razer, XSplit and Savioke, announced new platforms, peripherals and other solutions based on the Intel RealSense technology.
In collaboration with Google, Intel is driving innovation in mobile depth sensing by combining Google's Project Tango and Intel RealSense technologies into an Android smartphone developer kit. The Intel RealSense Smartphone developer kit featuring Google's Project Tango enables new experiences, including indoor navigation and area learning, virtual reality, 3D scanning and more. The developer kit is targeted for release to select Android developers by the end of this year.
Intel announced a new software platform for its Curie module, which includes all the hardware, firmware, software and application SDK needed to enable a variety of device experiences, according to the company. Intel IQ Software Kits will support future versions of this platform.