Intel Corporation has announced a series of optimization kits that will help developers improve the performance of applications running on handhelds with XScale processors. The first one, available now, is for Pocket PC 2002. Future versions will also offer support for Palm OS, Linux, Microsoft Smartphone, and Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.
The kit includes the Intel VTune Performance Analyzer software and the Intel C++ Compiler for Microsoft eMbedded Visual C++. It comes with a support CD containing optimization documentation, software development kits, sample code, and links to Intel optimization resources. It also has a ViewSonic V35, a Pocket PC based on an Intel PXA255 processor, for downloading and testing the applications.
According to Intel, results from software vendors using the kits in early trials have shown performance improvements anywhere from 50% for a Mobile Gaming vendor to 20 times better for a fingerprint recognition application. Meanwhile, other companies, including a videoconferencing software maker, experienced a 25% increase in battery life.
The first optimization kit is available now for $999 from Intel’s web store. Unfortunately, at that price it is out of range of most small software developers.