Intel's Apple-aping AppUp store for laptops and Atom-based netbooks is now out of beta and functioning.
Along with free apps it's got "try before you buy" packages. The widgetry includes Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight applications.
AppUp customers can use Adobe's beta application distribution platform Melrose to distribute and monetize AIR apps while monitoring sales and downloads. It's a portal developers can use to distribute their applications through multiple channels. They can also integrate licensing into the apps with Adobe's free SDK. Melrose should ship in Q4
Best Buy, Dixons in the UK and Croma in India are going to pre-install AppUp on the netbooks they sell as well as make it available to current netbook owners to download. ASUS is going with a branded version next month.
There are also two new Atom chips: Tunnel Creek (officially the E600 SoC series) for embedded applications like car entertainment, Internet phones, and smart grid devices, and Groveland (the CE4200) for web-trolling and 3D TVs.
An upcoming new configurable Atom processor, code named Stellarton, will pair an Altera FPGA with the E600 in a multi-chip package for customers who want to incorporate proprietary I/O or acceleration.
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