Intel Rolls Out ‘Beacon Mountain’ Android Developer Environment For Atom-Based Devices

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In an effort to coax developers to begin taking Atom seriously as an Android platform, Intel has just released a complete suite of tools that should help ease them into things - especially since it can be used for ARM development as well. It's called Beacon Mountain, named after the highest peak outside of Beacon, New York, and it currently targets Windows 7 and 8 as the development host OS, with Mac OS X to be supported later this year.

As you'd expect, Beacon Mountain supports Jelly Bean (4.2) development, and with this suite, you're provided with a collection of important Intel tools: Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager, Integrated Performance Primitives, Graphics and System Performance Analyzers, Threaded Building Blocks and Software Manager. In addition, Android SDK and NDK, Eclipse and Cygwin third-party tools are included to complete the package.

To help explain the suite a bit, Intel has released the following video:

If Beacon Mountain supported only Intel platforms, its appeal would be questionable. But with it also offering support for ARM, it could do well to drag some developers in. And I hope so, because it'd be great to see Intel become a major competitor in this area. Competition is very good.

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3dmashup replied on Sun, May 19 2013 11:18 AM

Intention is good but the execution is poor

1) Need support for earlier version of Andriod as there too many older devices locked in by Telcos

2) Must have more open standards like OpenCV, and OpenCL in place of propriety TBB and IPP

3) Must support Linux hosts. Windows and Andriod are culturally divergent, too many developer ditching Windows after the Windows 8 debacle.

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