Khronos Group Welcomes Fujitsu, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment and others as New Members, and Increases Scope

Building on the strong success of OpenGL ES and OpenML—the OpenMAX and OpenVG Work Groups are launched; ALT Software, Fujitsu, Nazomi, Oplayo, Reakosys, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. and TKO Software all join as Members

July 19, 2004 – EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN – The Khronos™ Group has announced that it has created two new API initiatives: OpenVG™ that will provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG on handheld devices; and OpenMAX™ that will standardize access to media processing primitives, used extensively in graphics libraries and video codecs such as OpenGL® ES and MPEG-4, to rapidly and effectively make use of the full acceleration potential of new silicon. 

All Khronos Members are able to participate in these new Working Groups as well as the ongoing development of OpenGL ES which is bringing advanced 3D graphics to mobile and embedded systems, and OpenML™ which enables easy integration of video, audio and graphics capabilities into media authoring applications.  Khronos invites any company with interest to join as a member and participate in the development of any of these standards.  Please go to http://www.khronos.org/members/index.html for more information.

Khronos is also very pleased to announce that ALT Software, Fujitsu, Nazomi, Oplayo, Reakosys, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. and TKO Software have joined as Contributing Members to work closely with over 50 existing Khronos Group members to support the creation of open, royalty-free standard APIs to grow the markets for hardware and software products that enable authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. 


Developers, editors or analysts with an interest in learning more about Khronos Group Standards and the effect they are having on the digital media industry are invited to an in-depth briefing with Khronos President and OpenGL ES Work Group Chairman, Neil Trevett, at EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN, July 21-22, 2004, or see demos of Khronos APIs by Member companies:  ALT Software,  NVIDIA, Renesas and TAKUMI Corporation on the Khronos Stand #1022 on the North American Pavilion.  Please email briana@goldstandardgroup.com for an appointment or more information. See http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html#wirelessjapan04 for information on the Khronos Member Demos.

“The continuing growth in Khronos membership and the widening interest in using Khronos’ proven development process and infrastructure for efficiently creating and deploying media API standards, are both clear indicators that Khronos is effectively fulfilling its industry role in creating media authoring and deployment market opportunities for its members,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “We particularly welcome the many new Khronos Member companies in Asia Pacific as this reflects the region’s leading-edge adoption of media technologies, and will enable Khronos to better respond to and enable the rapid developments in this dynamic market.”

Quotes from New Members

Fujitsu will provide advanced Mobile Media Platform products, which include a graphics accelerator supporting OpenGL ES, for cellular phone and other mobile applications.” said Makoto Awaga, Deputy General Manager of DCP Solution Division, LSI group at Fujitsu. “We believe it is mandatory to support open standard APIs like OpenGL ES for multimedia consumer products. Based on our long experience in 2D/3D graphics arena, we are going to maximize the competitive advantage provided by our cutting edge accelerator technology to help establish the best optimized platform for the OpenGL ES API.”

Reakosys believes that the successful widespread deployment of mobile 3D graphics for user interfaces, entertainment and games is dependent on industry-wide standards on which developers can rely,” said Kevin Lee, CEO of Reakosys, Inc.  “Reakosys is pleased to join the Khronos Group and will enjoy working shoulder to shoulder with our customers and partners as a Khronos Contributing Member.”

“The activities under Khronos in which Samsung will participate actively, will expedite the product development for multimedia devices as well as digital contents” said Dr. Hyung-lae Roh, Executive Vice-President of System LSI division at Samsung Electronics. “This cross-industry cooperation among top companies will have an effect of real synergy between hardware and software, thus providing the market with a greater variety of high-quality multimedia products and companies with reduced time-to-market.”

About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.  Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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Khronos, OpenVG and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. OpenGL and OpenML are registered trademarks and the OpenGL ES logo is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

Khronos Group Announces New OpenVG Open Standard 
for Handheld Vector Graphics Acceleration

Industry leaders 3Dlabs, Bitboys, Ericsson, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Nokia, Motorola, PalmSource, Symbian and Sun Microsystems found new Working Group 
and invite open industry participation

July 6, 2004 – EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN – The Khronos™ Group today announced the formation of the new OpenVG™ working group to define a royalty-free, cross-platform API (application programming interface) that will provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG.  Already in development, OpenVG is targeted primarily at handheld devices that require portable acceleration of high-quality vector graphics for compelling user interfaces and text on small screen devices, while enabling hardware acceleration to provide fluidly interactive performance at very low power levels. 

The OpenVG working group has been founded and promoted by a number of Khronos Members including 3Dlabs, Bitboys, Ericsson, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, PalmSource, Symbian and Sun Microsystems; and the working group is being chaired by a representative from Khronos Member Nokia.  Under the Khronos participation framework, the initial work undertaken by these companies is now open and available to any Khronos member who wishes to participate in the OpenVG working group.  OpenVG is on a fast-track development schedule with first draft specifications expected at the end of 2004.  www.khronos.org/openvg/

The Khronos Group has successfully developed the market-driving, open standard graphics OpenML® and OpenGL® ES APIs since 2000.  Today, in addition to the announcement of OpenVG, Khronos also announced the formation of a second new API: the OpenMAX™ initiative that will standardize access to media processing primitives, used extensively in graphics libraries and video codecs such as OpenGL ES and MPEG-4.  Khronos invites any company with interest to join as a member and participate in the development of any of these standards.  Please go to http://www.khronos.org/members/index.html for more information.

Developers, editors or analysts with an interest in learning more about Khronos Group Standards and the effect they are having on the digital media industry are invited to an in-depth briefing with Khronos President and OpenGL ES Work Group Chairman, Neil Trevett, at EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN, July 21-23, 2004, or see demos of Khronos APIs in action on the Khronos Stand #1022 on the North American Pavilion.  Please email briana@goldstandardgroup.com for an appointment or more information. See http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html#wirelessjapan04 for information on the Khronos Member Demos.

Vector graphics are widely used on today’s desktop through packages such as Flash and SVG. Handheld devices have an urgent need for the smooth and fluidly scalable 2D that high-quality vector graphics provide to create high-quality user interfaces and ultra-readable text on small displays devices.  SVG Tiny, SVG Basic and Flash Mobile are designed for mobile devices, and OpenVG supports these by defining a low-level hardware acceleration layer for vector graphics operations that will enable graphics silicon to provide great performance for these packages at very low power-levels.  The working group is also ensuring that OpenVG can be seamlessly integrated with the 3D graphics of OpenGL ES to create a fully integrated 2D and 3D graphics acceleration environment.

“OpenVG fills a distinct gap in the standards spectrum, as accelerated vector graphics is an idea whose time has come; and it is fascinating that the catalytic force came from within the handheld space,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “We invite the industry to join us and help create OpenVG to realize its maximum potential.  It could become the 2D API of choice for platforms that care about display quality, and creates a new opportunity for graphics vendors to add significant acceleration to handhelds; well beyond 3D for gaming.”

“OpenVG will be one of the key APIs to help manage the high demand for rich graphics on mobile devices,” says Koichi Mori, chairman of OpenVG working group, Senior Research Engineer, Nokia. “2D vector graphics have been and will be essential in a variety of applications from enterprise to entertainment. OpenVG plays a key role in facilitating a hardware vector graphics solution and it will bring a superior user experience with accelerated vector graphics.”

“Graphics acceleration has become a key requirement in advanced mobile phones,” said Bill Pinnell, Multimedia Product Strategist, Symbian. “It is vital that we have industry standards not just for 3D, but also for 2D graphics acceleration. Symbian is helping the Khronos Group define the OpenVG API to better enable advanced graphics applications and user interface designs.”

“Hybrid sees OpenVG as a crucial graphics technology for mobile phones and other embedded devices,” says Ville Miettinen, CTO of Hybrid Graphics. “Hybrid is a leading provider of mobile graphics technology, and already sees a strong demand in the market for a low-level 2D vector graphics standard. Hybrid will make an OpenVG implementation available as soon as the standard is complete.” See http://www.hybrid.fi/main/openvg/index.php for info on Hybrid’s work on OpenVG.

“Bitboys plans to support the new OpenVG vector graphics standard on its upcoming mobile graphics processors, enabling very high-quality, full-featured hardware vector graphics acceleration on next generation volume-market mobile handsets,” says Petri Nordlund, CTO of Bitboys. “Bitboys already supports SVG Tiny-level vector graphics acceleration on our G10 graphics processor.”

About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.  Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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Khronos, OpenVG and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. OpenGL and OpenML are registered trademarks and the OpenGL ES logo is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

Khronos Significantly Grows Membership and 
Increases Scope of Media Standards Work

ALT Software, Fujitsu, Nazomi, Oplayo, Reakosys, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc and TKO Software join as Contributors; Hybrid Graphics and Texas Instruments become Promoters; Broadcom and others become Open GL ES 1.0 Adopters; OpenVG and OpenMAX API initiatives launched

July 6, 2004 – EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN – The Khronos™ Group is pleased to announce that ALT Software, Fujitsu, Nazomi, Oplayo, Reakosys, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and TKO Software have joined as Contributing Members to work closely with over 50 existing Khronos Group members to support the creation of open, royalty-free standard APIs to grow the markets for hardware and software products that enable authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  In more member news; Hybrid Graphics and Texas Instruments, both Contributor level Members with several years ongoing commitment to Khronos API development, have both been approved as Khronos Promoters for a closer involvement in providing strategic guidance on the Khronos Group Board of Directors.  Also announced today, Broadcom, Digital Media Professional Inc., and the Institute for Information Industry have become Khronos Adopters for OpenGL® ES 1.0, enabling them to test their products for conformance with the OpenGL ES 1.0 specification and use the OpenGL ES logo. 

Additionally, in two separate releases today, Khronos has announced that it has created two new API initiatives: OpenVG™ that will provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG on handheld devices; and OpenMAX™ that will standardize access to media processing primitives, used extensively in graphics libraries and video codecs such as OpenGL® ES and MPEG-4, to rapidly and effectively make use of the full acceleration potential of new silicon.  All Khronos Members are able to participate in these new Working Groups as well as the ongoing development of OpenGL ES which is bringing advanced 3D graphics to mobile and embedded systems, and OpenML™ which enables easy integration of video, audio and graphics capabilities into media authoring applications.  Khronos invites any company with interest to join as a member and participate in the development of any of these standards.  Please go to http://www.khronos.org/members/index.html for more information.

Developers, editors or analysts with an interest in learning more about Khronos Group Standards and the effect they are having on the digital media industry are invited to an in-depth briefing with Khronos President and OpenGL ES Work Group Chairman, Neil Trevett, at EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN, July 21-23, 2004, or see demos of Khronos APIs by Member companies:  ALT Software, NeoMagic, NVIDIA, Renesas and TAKUMI Corporation on the Khronos Stand #1022 on the North American Pavilion.  Please email briana@goldstandardgroup.com for an appointment or more information. See http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html#wirelessjapan04 for information on the Khronos Member Demos.

“The continuing growth in Khronos membership and the widening interest in using Khronos’ proven development process and infrastructure for efficiently creating and deploying media API standards, are both clear indicators that Khronos is effectively fulfilling its industry role in creating media authoring and deployment market opportunities for its members,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “We particularly welcome the many new Khronos Member companies in Asia Pacific as this reflects the region’s leading-edge adoption of media technologies, and will enable Khronos to better respond to and enable the rapid developments in this dynamic market.”

New Khronos Promoters

“Hybrid is proud to be chosen as a Promoter member, and we are honored to be recognized as one of the leading experts in graphics technology,” says Ville Miettinen, CTO of Hybrid Graphics. “Hybrid has already licensed OpenGL ES implementations to leading manufacturers, and continues to take its standardization work in Khronos seriously. Khronos has a crucial role in delivering strong, proven standards needed by the mobile content business.”  Please visit www.hybrid.fi for more information.

Texas Instruments extended its commitment to open standards and the Khronos group by taking up a Promoter level membership. TI’s OMAP™ 2 architecture features high-performance multimedia accelerators which are made simple to use through APIs such as OpenGL ES and the new OpenMAX,” said Roger Nolan Marketing manager, Software Strategy, Texas Instruments and TI’s board representative at Khronos. For more information, see www.omap.com

New Khronos Contributors

ALT Software is very pleased to join the Khronos group as a Contributing member in order to participate in the development of these much needed standards for low power, portable devices,” said Chris Brady, President, ALT Software.  “We invite you to see an implementation of the OpenGL ES API and ALT custom libraries running as a Real-Time Embedded solution, designed for low power, limited memory, small screen devices at EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN on the Khronos booth #1022.” www.altsoftware.com 

Fujitsu will provide advanced Mobile Media Platform products, which include a graphics accelerator supporting OpenGL ES, for cellular phone and other mobile applications.” said Makoto Awaga, Deputy General Manager of DCP Solution Division, LSI group at Fujitsu. “We believe it is mandatory to support open standard APIs like OpenGL ES for multimedia consumer products. Based on our long experience in 2D/3D graphics arena, we are going to maximize the competitive advantage provided by our cutting edge accelerator technology to help establish the best optimized platform for the OpenGL ES API.”

Nazomi will help establish standards that are practical and widely supported,” said Jay Kamdar, President & CEO of Nazomi Communications Inc. “Our standards compliant applications processors provide headache free solutions for our partners & customers across the globe.”

Reakosys believes that the successful widespread deployment of mobile 3D graphics for user interfaces, entertainment and games is dependent on industry-wide standards on which developers can rely,” said Kevin Lee, CEO of Reakosys, Inc.  “Reakosys is pleased to join the Khronos Group and will enjoy working shoulder to shoulder with our customers and partners as a Khronos Contributing Member.”

“The activities under Khronos in which Samsung will participate actively, will expedite the product development for multimedia devices as well as digital contents” said Dr. Hyung-lae Roh, Executive Vice-President of System LSI division at Samsung Electronics. “This cross-industry cooperation among top companies will have an effect of real synergy between hardware and software, thus providing the market with a greater variety of high-quality multimedia products and companies with reduced time-to-market.”

About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.  Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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Khronos, OpenVG and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. OpenGL and OpenML are registered trademarks and the OpenGL ES logo is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

Khronos Group Announces New OpenMAX Open Standard for Enabling Effective Media Acceleration

Semiconductor and software leaders including ARM, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments found new Khronos Working Group 
and invite open industry participation

July 6, 2004 – EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN – The Khronos™ Group today announced the formation of the new OpenMAX™ working group to define a royalty-free, cross-platform API (application programming interface) that standardizes access to multimedia processing primitives used extensively in extensively in video codecs such as MPEG-4, audio and image codecs, and 2D and 3D graphics.  The OpenMAX API will enable library and codec implementers to rapidly and effectively make use of the full potential of new silicon – regardless of the underlying hardware architecture.  The early availability of optimized media libraries on a new processor in turn encourages a rich variety of media content to be rapidly available on that platform. 

The OpenMAX working group was originally founded and promoted by a number of leading Khronos Members including ARM (LSE:ARM); (NASDAQ: ARMHY), Motorola (NASDAQ: MOT), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LSE:(GDR): SSNHY, KSE: 005930.KS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STMEF) and Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN).  The initial work undertaken by these companies is now available, under the formal Khronos Group participation framework, to any Khronos member who wishes to participate in the OpenMAX working group.  www.khronos.org/openmax/

The Khronos Group has successfully developed market-driving open standard graphics and multimedia APIs since 2000. Today, in addition to the announcement of OpenMAX, Khronos also announced the formation of a second new API: the OpenVG™ initiative to provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG on handheld devices.  Khronos invites any company with interest to join as a member and participate in the development of any of these standards.  Please go to http://www.khronos.org/members/index.html for more information.

Developers, editors or analysts with an interest in learning more about Khronos Group Standards and the effect they are having on the digital media industry are invited to an in-depth briefing with Khronos President and OpenGL ES Work Group Chairman, Neil Trevett, at EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN, July 21-23, 2004, or see demos of Khronos APIs in action on the Khronos Stand #1022 on the North American Pavilion.  Please email briana@goldstandardgroup.com for an appointment or more information. See http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html#wirelessjapan04 for information on the Khronos Member Demos.

The OpenMAX working group recognizes that a wide variety of third party video, still image, audio, graphics, gaming and voice applications is vital to the success of next-generation mobile devices.  However, software developers are currently losing valuable time-to-market by being forced to port and optimize their applications across different silicon architectures. OpenMAX helps solve this industry problem by defining an API to access computational primitives that typically absorb the bulk of the processing load when implementing the libraries and codecs used by these applications.  OpenMAX is being designed to be efficiently implemented on a wide variety of architectures including CPUs, DSPs and parallel processor arrays – enabling silicon vendors to provide ready-optimized OpenMAX drivers for their processors.  This in turn enables the rapid development of optimized libraries and codecs, eliminating the need for many common functions to be re-implemented by software developers as they port multimedia applications across different architectures.

“OpenMAX is a significant new standard, and a step forward in fulfilling Khronos’ charter to develop and deploy royalty-free, open standards to create graphics and dynamic media market growth,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  There is great synergy between all Khronos APIs: OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenML, and now OpenMAX; which will enable these three higher level APIs to be efficiently implemented and ported to many platforms.”

“The OpenMAX standard aligns well with ARM’s commitment to support open standards for both hardware and software interfaces,” said Derek Morris, director of multimedia, ARM and acting chairman of the OpenMAX Working Group. “OpenMAX will make a significant contribution to the availability of software that is essential for the success of new multimedia devices, by broadening software application support for all multimedia functions. This support will make it much easier for software vendors to port applications to different environments and so give them a competitive edge.”

“Motorola, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., enthusiastically supports the development of the OpenMAX multimedia standard within Khronos,” said Duane Rabe,  Vice President of the Technical Staff, Personal Communications Sector, Motorola Inc. “We expect this to significantly accelerate the development of exciting new multimedia applications for mobile devices, extending far beyond the capabilities of current cellular phones. Mobile device manufacturers, semiconductor suppliers and software developers will all benefit from a common standard interface for multimedia applications, and consumers will enjoy a rich multimedia experience via a broad selection of high-performance mobile devices.”

“The OpenMAX standard will enable leading companies to promote an open interface that will be a catalyst for new features supporting a large variety of high-end multimedia applications,” said Dr. Stephen Oh, Vice President of the System LSI division at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung looks forward to working in collaboration through OpenMAX to extend innovation in mobile multimedia space.”

“STMicroelectronics supports several initiatives to enable application developers to benefit from our innovative silicon platforms,” said Alessandro Cremonesi, Vice President, Advanced System Technology, STMicroelectronics, “We welcome OpenMAX as one of them.”

“Wireless market growth is driven by the proliferation of new products and software development,” said Roger Nolan, Marketing manager, Software Strategy, Texas Instruments.  “The OpenMAX standard will accelerate such development across multiple product categories by allowing software vendors to quickly and easily realize the potential of current and next-generation multimedia accelerators.” 

About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.  Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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Khronos, OpenVG and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. OpenGL and OpenML are registered trademarks and the OpenGL ES logo is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

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