Quantum3D and Seaweed Systems will collaborate in the safety-critical embedded graphics market to integegrate the Quantum3D IData 178 DO-178B Level A Certification Package for the Quantum3D IDat Human Machine Interface (HMI) toolset, with Seaweed's DO-178B certifiable SeaWind/178 OpenGL driver. Both companies believe that OpenGL SC will have a profound impact on their core markets and, as a result, have already independently produced compliant implementations of their own products, SeaWind/178 and IData ES and IData 178 respectively. This new joint marketing agreement establishes the framework for the two companies to extend their cooperative efforts in order to ensure continued close integration between respective future products aimed at the safety critical embedded graphics market.
Futuremark announces 3DMarkMobile06 graphics performance benchmarking application for companies developing OpenGL ES 3D mobile hardware
3DMarkMobile06 Developers Edition is a robust OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 benchmark that tests 3D graphics performance of mobile 3D hardware. High detail game content generates workloads that tax OpenGL ES 3D hardware in a realistic way. Combined with feature tests consisting of pixel processing, vertex processing, and CPU processing, development hardware and prototype device performance can be tested, evaluated and compared, fairly and consistently. Before 3DMark Mobile06, nobody was able to make meaningful apples to apples comparisons of the graphics hardware that we all will have in our future phones. Futuremark will be giving a presentation at the Korean Game Developers conference in Seoul Nov 11, 2005.
This article by Quantum3D discusses how 2D and 3D digital maps, combined with intuitive Human-Machine Interface graphics, will enable shared situational awareness and net-centric collaboration on all levels of embedded systems. OpenGL ES, along with hardware and tools that support it, will help make next-generation advanced HMIs a reality.
Tutorial: Getting Started With the Mobile 3D Graphics API for J2ME - retained mode scenegraph and immediate mode OpenGL ES rendering
This tutorial introduces the Mobile 3D Graphics (M3G) API for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), defined in JSR 184. M3G defines low- and high-level programming interfaces that bring efficient, interactive 3D graphics to devices with little memory and processing power, and with no required hardware support for 3D graphics or floating-point operations, but can scale up to higher-end devices that have color displays, 3D graphics hardware, and support for floating-point operations. It offers both retained-mode access (scene graphs) and an immediate mode that is aligned with OpenGL ES. The Hybrid Mobile Framework v6 is an implementaiton of M3G that takes advantage of OpenGL ES hardware acceleration.
Hybrid Mobile Framework v6 for embedded devices supports OpenGL ES, JSR 184, OpenVG and multimedia and DSP accelerators
Hybrid Graphics announced the Hybrid Mobile Framework v6 for embedded devices. In addition to OpenGL ES and JSR 184 implementations, Mobile Framework v6 adds full support for OpenVG 1.0, an SVG Tiny player and support for graphics hardware from DSP chips to full-fledged hardware 3D accelerators.
ATI 3D Developer Days October 19-20 in SF to feature sessions on developing for handhelds using OpenGL ES
ATI 3D Developer Days run October 19-20 in San Francisco ($150 registration). The sessions focus on the latest tools and SDKs for creating visually compelling 3D content using ATI SDKs, tools and media processors. Sessions of interest to handheld developers:
- Optimizing Handheld Games for ATI’s IMAGEON 2300 - focuses on optimizations for this full-featured, OpenGL ES-accelerated 3D hardware solution for mobile phones.
- ATI’s Handheld SDK - explains how developers can get the most out of ATI’s latest Handheld products.
- OpenGL ES - by Dan Ginsburg discusses how OpenGL ES 2.0 introduces the majority of the functionality used by today's desktop games into the embedded space and the major impact it will have on mobile game developers. While OpenGL ES 2.0 ushers in the shader era to mobile gaming, it also means that mobile game developers will need to make significant changes to their applications.
- Qualcomm Gaming Road Map - presents QUALCOMM's MSM chipset roadmap for graphics (OpenGL ES for 3D), audio and location based technologies for gaming
The new high-end Dell Axim X51v handheld running Windows Mobile 5.0 uses a Intel 2700G multimedia accelerator with 16MB video memory. The multimedia accelerator incorporates the PowerVR MBX IP core with support for OpenGL ES 1.0. The PowerVR MBX OpenGL ES SDKs include documentation, source code, demos and tools that allows developers to create applications using the OpenGL ES 1.0 API.
Fathammer, a leading publisher and developer of 3D mobile game technologies (X-Forge) and games, will develop 5 new OpenGL ES-accelerated advanced 3D mobile games for the KTF "GPANG" game portal. KTF is one of the largest mobile phone operators in South Korea and accelerated 3D gaming will get many users hooked to KTF’s Gpang. The games will take advantage of OpenGL ES hardware acceleration on LG 3600 Gpang phones, and will run without hardware acceleration on earlier generation Gpang phones.
The International Mobile Gaming Awards sponsored by NVIDIA, Nokia, Alias and Orange is a unique opportunity for OpenGL ES developers, to get assistance with developing a professional game for publication and prizes. The competition works in two phases: Phase 1 due Oct 17th, is for the developer to submit a proposal for the production of a game or a pilot. An international jury will select 20 projects that will then receive tools and technical assistance to develop the game further. The finished games will enter a second competition ending on 10th February 2006. On 15th February, four final winners will be announced. Grand Prize is $10,000 and a publishing contract in Europe.
DMP has announced their next-generation PICA graphics IP core will be fully compliant with OpenGL ES . Like the new high-end ULTRAY 2000 IP Core, PICA will be released for SoC manufacturers and the embedded market (mobile phones, game devices, navigation systems, amusement machines such as arcade games, and embedded home appliances.).