Intel updated its Graphics Performance Analyzers 2012, a suite of tools meant to help developers optimize the performance of game, media and entertainment products. The suite now supports mobile apps for Ultrabooks and Android smartphones and tablets. Previously, it had only been available for PC platforms.
GPA 2012 improves performance on platforms based on Intel’s Core and Atom processors. In addition for use in the mobile world, it works with Web content for browsers that support hardware-accelerated rich media, including Microsoft’s IE 9, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. A product brief is here.
Intel’s interest is obvious: Gaming is a large and growing mobile consumer segment, but games have a way of sapping battery power. The company sees “few choices for developers who want to optimize apps for power,” in the words of Craig Hurst, the company’s director of Visual Computing Product Management. GPA 2012 “(ensures) that a game not only has great performance, but also runs longer on Ultrabooks, Android tablets and smartphones.”
The suite includes analyzers for systems, frames, platforms and media. It’s available for free download at www.intel.com/software/gpa. However, Android tools are available only through Intel OEM and ODM partners, though you’ll be able to download that directly later this year.