Intel is hoping to get developers interested in its low-power Atom processor with the launch of a software development kit for the platform.
As reported by CNET's Crave blog
, the Intel Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit - available in beta form
only for the moment - offers developers a framework and the libraries required for development on the Intel Atom platform.
Interestingly, the company has not only covered Windows in the SDK: the beta is also available for application development aimed at Moblin, Intel's own Linux distribution which aims to bring sub-five-second boot times and ease of use to Atom-based netbooks.
Most notable is Intel's mention of a "consumer store client emulator for testing,
" which appears to indicate that the company is hoping to bring the success of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market to the netbook platform with a shop of its very own.
believes that not only is the company looking to capitalise on the desire for easy ways to purchase and install applications on mobile devices, but is actually attempting to position Moblin Linux above Windows in the netbook and ultra-portable tablet marketplace.
Citing the fact that the SDK download link for Moblin is positioned above the one for Windows development - described by jkOnTheRun's Kevin Tofel as "subtle, but interesting
" - and the incentives offered by the Moblin Garage which include "up to 70 percent of the revenue from every sale from every store,
" the consensus appears to be that Intel is hoping to offer a real challenge to Microsoft in the netbook marketplace - despite earlier setbacks
to Linux-based netbook use.
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