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March 7 2007 Press Invited to Conference on GDC Show Floor
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Three Days of News and Technology Sessions
 

Khronos Technology Sessions on the GDC Show Floor
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Are you a games developer?

If so, don't miss your chance to see technology experts deliver news & tutorials at the Khronos GDC Show Floor Theater, Booth #260, on March 7-9, 2007.

All Khronos sessions are free
http://www.khronos.org/news/events/detail/gdc_07">with reserved seating



We offer our main news conference in English & Japanese:

General Khronos News:
Wednesday March 7 - 12:00-12:50pm - (in English)
Friday March 9 - 2:00 - 3:00pm - (in Japanese)

- OpenGL ES 2.0 ratified!
- OpenVG Adopters program launched
- OpenKODE Provisional spec released
- OpenMAX 1.1 released

Special News Session:
New Work Groups Launched:
- Thursday March 8 - 11:15-11:50am
- FX & Composition Work Group Launch

Register For a Seat


OpenGL ES 2.0 ratified!
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5th March, 2007 - GDC, San Francisco, CA - The Khronos(TM) Group announced today that it has unanimously ratified and publicly released the finalized OpenGL(R) ES 2.0 specification for programmable 3D graphics that will significantly boost the functionality, flexibility and visual realism offered by a wide range of embedded and mobile devices. OpenGL ES 2.0 complements the widely deployed OpenGL ES 1.1 standard for fixed function graphics by defining the OpenGL ES Shading Language for programming vertex and fragment shaders and integrating it with a streamlined OpenGL ES 1.1-derived API. OpenGL ES 2.0 was previously released as a provisional specification to enable silicon vendors to initiate early silicon designs and for Khronos to fine-tune the specification as the industry gained silicon implementation experience of mobile programmable graphics. Multiple OpenGL ES 2.0 silicon devices are expected to commence shipment before the end of 2007. The OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 specifications are available for free download at www.khrono s.org/opengles/.

In order to minimize cost and power requirements of programmable graphics subsystems, OpenGL ES 2.0 eliminates from OpenGL ES 1.1 any fixed functionality that can be replaced by shader programs. For complete backwards compatibility, OpenGL ES 2.0 capable devices will typically ship with two drivers: OpenGL ES 2.0 drivers for visually advanced applications and OpenGL ES 1.1 drivers to support the growing number of native 3D applications coded to this widely adopted standard.

Khronos expects to release conformance tests for OpenGL ES 2.0 within six months, enabling interested companies to gain access to source code to test their implementations and use the OpenGL ES trademark on products that pass the defined testing criteria, ensuring that conformant OpenGL ES implementations provide a reliable, cross-platform graphics programming platform.


OpenVG Adopters program launched

5th March, 2007 - GDC, San Francisco, CA - The Khronos(TM) Group announced today it has released the official OpenVG(TM) 1.0 Conformance Tests that can be used by vendors to certify that the rapidly increasing number of OpenVG implementations are compliant with the OpenVG specification. Products that meet the requirements of the conformance tests may use the OpenVG trademark to encourage reliable, cross-platform vector graphics interoperability. Additionally, Khronos announced today that it has placed its Sample implementation of OpenVG 1.0 into open source under an MIT license to further enable OpenVG implementers and developers to leverage this innovative, royalty-free open standard in their products and applications. The OpenVG 1.0 specification and Sample source are free for download at http://www.khro nos.org/openvg/ and details of the OpenVG Conformance Tests can be found at http://www.khr onos.org/adopters.

Almost every graphics silicon vendor active in mobile graphics has now announced support for OpenVG and this unique API is becoming widely used to accelerate SVG and Flash players and applications, said Andrzej Mamona of AMD and chairman of the OpenVG working group. The OpenVG Working Group has been working diligently to expand the OpenVG ecosystem and so we are delighted to launch a comprehensive set of conformance tests and to put our Sample implementation into open source.


OpenKODE Provisional spec released
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12th February, 2007 - 3GSM, Barcelona - The Khronos(TM) Group announced today that it has publicly released a provisional version of the OpenKODE(TM) 1.0 specification, on schedule, to enable widespread developer feedback and rapid industry implementation of this important new standard that is designed to bring portability and advanced media acceleration to mobile handsets. The conformance tests for OpenKODE 1.0 are expected to be publicly released during the second quarter of 2007 to enable conformant implementations to use the OpenKODE trademark. Numerous Khronos members are demonstrating provisional OpenKODE implementations at 3GSM and the OpenKODE 1.0 specification is expected to be finalized by mid-2007 after integration of industry feedback. The OpenKODE 1.0 provisional specification is free for download at http://www.k hronos.org/openkode/ and may be used royalty-free by implementers and developers. Feedback and comments from the mobile and embedded industries are encouraged on the Khronos OpenKODE technical message boards at http:/ /www.khronos.org/message_boards/.

As the work of the Khronos organization has progressed, it's been clear there is a real hunger for rich multimedia applications on a wide range of embedded devices, says analyst Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research. However, the industry has desperately needed a unifying architecture for the APIs that will enable this content to be delivered efficiently and across all platforms and operating systems. OpenKODE has the potential to move the mobile industry forward with giant steps in much the same way that DirectX enabled a generation of dynamic multimedia entertainment including 3D games, music, movies, and video on PCs.


OpenMAX 1.1 released

12th February, 2007 - 3GSM, Barcelona - The Khronos (TM) Group is pleased to announce that it has ratified and publicly released the royalty-free OpenMAX(TM) IL 1.1 specification. OpenMAX IL 1.1 defines enhanced media component interfaces to enable the rapid integration of media acceleration into streaming media frameworks on embedded devices. Today, Khronos has also launched the OpenMAX IL 1.1 Adopter's Program that provides access to a new set of conformance tests. Products that meet the requirements of the conformance tests may use the OpenMAX IL trademark which insures customers of reliable, cross-platform audio, video, and image codec interoperability. OpenMAX IL has been developed through the successful Khronos Working Group process, with Work Group Chair leadership provided by Texas Instruments and the support of many Khronos member companies including AMD, Beatnik, Broadcom, Motorola, Nokia, NVIDIA, NXP, SKY MobileMedia and STMicroelectronics. The OpenMAX IL 1.1 specification is free for download at http://www.kh ronos.org/openmax/ and details of the OpenMAX Adopter's Program can be found at http://www.khr onos.org/adopters.

The OpenMAX standard is ambitious in its goal to offer a set of APIs for the embedded device market to enable hardware acceleration of multimedia codecs, notes analyst Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research. The introduction of OpenMAX IL goes another step with a low level interface that abstracts codecs and provides portability across operating systems and software stacks. OpenMAX IL demonstrates the flexibility of the Khronos model in general, and specifically; the ability of OpenMAX to adapt to the changing demands of developers and manufacturers in the embedded device market.


COLLADA Contest at GDC
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Today Khronos also announced a COLLADA contest to encourage open source COLLADA conditioning programs to be created and uploaded into the COLLADA Framework on Sourceforge. A growing body of conditioners enables any developer to construct sophisticated pipelines to condition content for diverse platforms. Winners of the COLLADA Contest will be announced at SIGGRAPH 2007 and prizes include airfare to San Diego and four night’s accommodation to attend SIGGRAPH and a SONY Playstation 3. Further details are at www.ColladaCo ntest.com.


Khronos Group Initiates New Working Groups and Gains Significant Additional Membership

Open call for participation to define visual effects framework and window system APIs for advanced user interfaces and window systems;

7th March, 2007 – GDC, San Francisco, CA – The Khronos(TM) Group announced today it is issuing calls for participation in two newly formed working groups. The glFX(TM) Working Group is defining a run-time API to enable advanced 3D visual effects contained in a COLLAD(TM) FX file to be easily and portably used in OpenGL(R) and OpenGL ES applications. The Composition Working Group is defining graphics APIs to enable window systems to be constructed using open standards for display composition to encourage mobile devices to use fully accelerated advanced user interfaces.

Come to the Special News Session to learn more:

- Thursday March 8 - 11:15-11:50am
- FX & Composition Work Group Launch

Additionally, Khronos is delighted to announce that Ardites, AZTEQ mobile, DaimlerChrysler, Coding Technologies, Marvell, Matrox, McubeWorks, Micron, NDS, NXP, Omegame, PineOne Communications, Tungsten and Vodafone have joined over one hundred existing members to define open standards for the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on platforms ranging from embedded systems such as mobile phones to high-performance desktop and workstation systems. All Khronos members are able to join any working group to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications - further details are at www.khrono s.org/members/


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