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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers Now Support With Android

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(source: Intel)
Finally, Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA) Release 4 supports the Intel® Atom ™-based processors that use Google's Android operating system. Intel GPA is the latest version of the tool in charge of optimizing the performance of games, media and entertainment applications on Ultrabook ™ and Android devices. And Intel GPA Release 4 expanded to support that tool.

Previously available only on PC platforms, Intel GPA helps developers improve the experience of game and media applications by accessing powerful tools to analyze and optimize performance on Intel® Core™ and Intel® Atom™ processor-based platforms. The tool suite enables developers to enhance application performance on smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks and PCs. Developers can also optimize Web content for browsers that support hardware-accelerated rich media, including Microsoft Internet Explorer* 9, Google Chrome* and Mozilla Firefox*.

In early March, Intel® confirmed that it will release a version of the Intel® GPA, because game is one of the largest consumer segment for the smartphone, but nobody wants a game that drains a smartphone battery. 

"Gaming is one of the largest consumer segments for smartphones, but nobody wants a game that drains a smartphone battery," said Craig Hurst, Intel's director of Visual Computing Product Management. "There are few choices for developers who want to optimize apps for power, so Intel GPA 2012 introduces power metrics,  ensuring that a game not only has great performance, but also runs longer on Ultrabooks, Android tablets and smartphones."

Intel® Tool Suite includes several new advantages, such as System Analyzer that serves to analyze the gaming performance and identify potential bottlenecks that slow down or affect graphics performance, Frame Analyzer offers application developers a frame analysis of the individual application elements such as shaders, Platform Analyzer and Media Analyzer.

The following are the advantages Intel® GPA tool suite:
  • Intel®  GPA System Analyzer – Analyzes game performance and identifies potential bottlenecks that slow down performance or affect graphics. This tool allows developers to perform optimization experiments to fine-tune performance without changing application code. New in Intel GPA 2012, Intel GPA System Analyzer now supports a standalone mode that enables real-time analysis of application performance on smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks, including Android devices. Intel GPA System Analyzer can be used to analyze an application's power usage and how it will affect battery life on mobile devices.
  • Intel®  GPA Frame Analyzer – Offers application developers deep frame analysis of individual application elements such as shaders, textures and pixel history. Intel GPA Frame Analyzer shows the visual and performance impact of each individual element in real time without affecting the application source code.
  • Intel®  GPA Platform Analyzer – Developers can visualize performance of application tasks and the effect on devices by viewing CPU metrics and graphics workloads. PC application developers can also see how their software would perform in a multi-core environment. Intel GPA Platform Analyzer has been rebuilt from the ground up for the release of Intel GPA 2012 to provide more system behavior information. Additionally, the tool is capable of handling large volumes of data to emulate application performance on an extended run.
  • Intel®  GPA Media Analyzer – When used in conjunction with Intel® Media SDK, Media Analyzer enables developers to see how effectively an application uses hardware-accelerated video encode and decode in real-time.
You can download Intel GPA Release 4 on http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/vcsource-tools-intel-gpa/. (Intel, red: threelas)

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