Intel joins open-source tool development group

A group of industry vendors developing a common framework for software tool integration will add Intel to its roster of members, Intel announced Wednesday.

The Eclipse consortium was founded in November of 2001. It includes several vendors that want to create an IDE (integrated development environment) for software tools based on open-source principles.

Intel will contribute plug-ins for its Pentium 4, Xeon, and Itanium processors so developers will be able to tune applications for those chips, the company said in a release. Intel will also contribute several of its own software tools, including its compilers and the Intel VTune Performance Analyzer, for integration into the Eclipse Platform, it said.

Jonathan Khazam, general manager of Intel's software products division, will join the Eclipse board of stewards, Intel said.

Eclipse was founded in part by IBM, Borland Software, Red Hat, and SuSE Linux. Since its creation, Oracle, Hitachi, Fujitsu, SAP, and now Intel, have joined the consortium, among others.

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