Intel to Port Developer Tools to Mac OS X

eWeek reports on an announcement by Intel that they would be porting their software developer tools to Mac OS X/Intel and that the beta would ship later this year.

Kevin Smith, director of Intel Compiler Labs, said that Intel will port a complete set of compilers and performance-enhancing libraries to Apple Computer Inc.'s Intel-based version of Mac OS X. Intel will provide Mac tools for both single-core and multicore processors based on Intel's latest compiler technology. Smith said that the tools will contain the same feature set that Intel now provides for its Windows and Linux development tools.

The new Intel compilers will act as plug-ins to Apple's Xcode development environment. Intel focuses on performance with their compilers and has even seen criticisms in the past that their compilers are particularly focused on certain industry benchmarks. Smith also claims that "We'll do more tuning for Intel Macs than anyone else."

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