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Intel updates Media and OpenCL SDKs for Windows 8

Adds DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.2 support
Wed Aug 08 2012, 13:04
Intel Ivy Bridge processor

CHIPMAKER Intel has updated its Media software development kit (SDK) 2012 and SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 to support Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Intel's considerable contribution to compilers and SDKs is part of the firm's attempt to keep its processors winning in benchmarks, and now the firm has updated two important SDKs ahead of the launch of Windows 8. Intel's Media SDK now supports DirectX 11 and its SDK for OpenCL Applications Beta supports OpenCL 1.2.

According to Intel, the Media SDK not only supports DirectX 11 but optimises for accelerated video encoding and decoding using its Quick Sync Video technology found in its latest generation Ivy Bridge processors.

The firm's update to its SDK for OpenCL Applications Beta also caters for Ivy Bridge processors, where Intel finally supported OpenCL on its HD Graphics core. Intel's update delivers OpenCL 1.2 API support and has a new kernel builder and project debugger.

With Microsoft's OEMs getting their hands on Windows 8, a component vendor such as Intel must move now to push Windows 8 compatible development software if it is to see adoption near the time of launch.

We can expect Intel to talk more about how its development tools cater for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system and extract every drop of performance from its processors at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in September. µ


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