The Khronos Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® ES 3.0 specification, bringing significant functionality and portability enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API that is used on the majority of the world’s smartphones and tablets. OpenGL ES 3.0 provides access to state-of-the-art GPU functionality with portability across diverse mobile and embedded operating systems and platforms. OpenGL ES 3.0 is backwards compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0, enabling applications to incrementally add new visual features to applications. The full specification and reference materials are available for immediate download at http://www.khronos.org/registry/gles/.
The Khronos Group today announced the immediate release of the royalty-free, Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC™) LDR extension specification, defining a new, highly flexible texture compression scheme for developers using both the OpenGL® ES and OpenGL® 3D graphics APIs. ASTC is an exceptionally efficient compression technology which allows encoding of for a wide variety of texture formats at bit-rates of 8 bits per pixel to below 1 bit per pixel. ASTC is published as a Khronos extension, KHR_compressed_texture_astc_ldr, which is available from the Khronos website.
It's been an incredible week hasn't it? The latest news about OpenGL rendering Zombies faster than Direct3D really got the twittersphere going! SimLab Composer 2013 adds WebGL export capability and ARM has submitted the Mali-T604 GPU for full profile OpenCL conformance. Back on the Khronos front, COLLADA still has room for you to come on over and show off your COLLADA demo at Siggraph, and we've also updated the official Khronos Siggraph event page with updated BOF schedules, and lots more sponsors for the OpenGL Party! Thank you everyone that has sponsored the party so far. Big news this year, it's OpenGL's 20th Anniversary and we'll be celebrating this momentus occasion in style.There will be lots of OpenGL legends, lots of food, drink and of course, lots and lots of prizes!
Going to SIGGRAPH? Be sure to check out some amazing demo's, presentations, prizes and more. Khronos has a news conference, five BOFs (COLLADA, OpenCL, WebGL, OpenGL ES & OpenGL) and a huge OpenGL party, all happening on Tuesday next week. Full details can be found here, and the party details can be found here.
You can find updated schedules for all Khronos Group BOFs online.
Blender Foundation and Blender community members will be participating in Siggraph 2012 - Los Angeles. Starting on Sunday, August 5, 2:00pm, the Blender Community Meeting BOF, followed by the Blender Artist/Developer Showcase BOF at 4pm. You can always find Blender in the Convention Center, main hall, booth 212. Here you will find Blender artists and developers and Ton Roosendaal for three days. Drop by if you like to see the latest in Blender, or just to hang-out and chat with other Blender folks.
Tech Source Targets GPGPU Applications with Launch of Rugged Condor 3000x-cc XMC Video Graphics Card
Tech Source, Inc. has announced a conduction cooled and rugged version of its Condor 3000x XMC processor targeted at general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) applications. The Condor 3000x-cc XMC card is based on the AMD RadeonTM E6760 AIB. With 576 GFLOPs of peak single precision floating point performance and 480 individual processing units (shaders), the Condor 3000 graphics processor is particularly well suited for highly parallel computations and other GPGPU applications such as image analysis, radar, sonar, and video surveillance.
Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company, announces the latest IP cores in its ground-breaking PowerVR Series6 GPU core family. The PowerVR G6230 and G6430 GPU IP cores are the latest in a growing family of PowerVR Series6 GPU cores and deliver high compute efficiency while minimising power and bandwidth requirements. Rogue meets requirements for compute APIs including OpenCL 1.x and Renderscript Compute, delivering an optimal balance of performance versus power consumption for mobile and embedded devices. All members of the Series6 family are designed to support all features of the latest graphics APIs including the next generation of the OpenGL ES API, OpenGL 3.x/4.x, and DirectX10 with certain family members extending their capabilities to full WHQL-compliant DirectX11.1 functionality.
Following the meetings in Taipei and Hsinchu in February2012, the Khronos Group will once again return to Taiwan in early June. Visiting the National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, Khronos will hold a series of public educational activities and business meetings. In order to further communication and interaction with local Taiwanese businesses, the meetings will be open to the public. The Khronos Group will have a lot of exciting information to discuss and is looking forward to the enthusiastic participation of the Pan-Pacific region.
There will be five courses offered at Siggraph 2012 that relate to Khronos Technologies. Starting on August 5th followed by one course each day, there will be "Introduction to Modern OpenGL", "Virtual Texturing in Software and Hardware", "Beyond Programmable Shading", "GPU Shaders for OpenGL 4.x" and finally on August 9th "Graphics Programming for the Web." See all Khronos related events at Siggraph 2012 on the Khronos Group Siggraph event page.