Intel Updates Mac OS X Development Tools with Penryn Support

Yahoo News reports that Intel has upgraded its software development tools today, introducing support for Mac OS X Leopard as well as their new Penryn processors.

The Intel Software Development Products for Mac OS X includes updated compilers and libraries for development environments like C, C++ and Fortran that optimize applications to take advantage of features in Intel's latest 64-bit multicore processors, said James Reinders, director of marketing for Intel's software development products division.

The new tools can also take advantage of the new SSE4 instruction set that debuted with the Penryn processors.

Intel first announced the 45-nm Penryn processors on November 12th, 2007, with the first batch of Penryn processors focusing on the higher end server-class Xeon processors. Apple has been rumored to be buying up the high end 3.2GHz Penryn Xeon processors which feature a faster 1600MHz bus and 12MB of L2 cache for an upcoming Mac Pro revision. Apple currently uses the previous generation Xeon Woodcrest (Quad core Macs) or Xeon Clovertown (8-core Macs) processors in their Mac Pros.

Mobile versions of the Penryn processor are not expected until January 2008.

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