Khronos Invites Public Review of Draft OpenVG Specification as New Member 
Zoomon Joins as Contributing Member

Development of open standard for vector graphics acceleration on schedule 
and gaining strong industry support; Final specification expected in spring 2005

December 8, 2004 – Clearlake Park, California – The Khronos™ Group today announced that the first draft specification of the OpenVG™ API (application programming interface) standard is available, on schedule, for public review.  Khronos invites any interested party to execute a Khronos Reviewer’s Agreement and provide feedback and guidance to the OpenVG Working Group to ensure that this important industry standard meets the needs of the industry.  Details about this review phase, the Reviewer’s Agreement and more details about OpenVG – including a Table of Contents of the draft specification – are available at www.khronos.org/openvg.

Khronos is also very pleased to announce that Zoomon has joined the Khronos Group as a Contributing Member in order to actively participate in the development of OpenVG, and to get early access to the final specification.  ZOOMON is a company committed to delivering standards based product solutions and is the leading provider of Mobile SVG solutions designed to enhance and expand the range of services and opportunities for users of mobile phones, www.zoomon.com.

“Zoomon is very pleased to join the Khronos group and we plan to take an active role in furthering the important work that is currently underway under the OpenVG initiative,” said Brad Sipes, CTO of ZOOMON Mobile Solutions.  “In particular, we believe that the OpenVG work will enable the mobile industry to develop a more compelling offering of rich content services than exists today and to make these services available to consumers even on lower priced handsets.” 

The OpenVG working group has been founded and promoted by a number of Khronos Members including 3Dlabs, ATI, Bitboys, Ericsson, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, PalmSource, SGI, Symbian and Sun Microsystems.  OpenVG is on a fast-track development schedule with the first draft specification created after just six months and final ratification and public release of the OpenVG 1.0 specification expected in the spring of 2005. 

OpenVG is a royalty-free, cross-platform API that will provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG.  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 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.


About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium creating open standard APIs such as OpenGL® ES, OpenMAX™, OpenML™ and OpenVG™, to enable the creation and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices, including 3D graphics on mobile phones.  Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, vote at various stages before public release, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications by having 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 is a registered trademark and OpenML and the OpenGL ES logo are trademarks 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 Dramatically Expands Membership and Developer Education in Asia Pacific Region

Khronos now over seventy Members strong; hosting Educational Developer Sessions in Seoul including speakers from Samsung and SK Telecom 


December 2, 2004 – Clearlake Park, California – The Khronos™ Group is very pleased to announce that 
LG Electronics, Mtekvision Co, NC Soft and Nexus Chips Co., Ltd from Korea, Advanced Driver Information Technology Corporation and Digital Media Professionals from Japan and SMEDIA of Taiwan, have become Khronos Contributing Members to participate in the ongoing development and promotion of open, royalty-free embedded media API standards. 

Khronos is also pleased to host a speaking session at COEX, Seoul on December 8, 2004.
Developers and press are invited to attend a “Khronos DevU” educational session to hear lectures on OpenGL ES and OpenVG and to see demos by Member companies SK Telecom, Fathammer, HI Corporation, Reakosys, Samsung and SMEDIA.  Descriptions of session content available at: http://www.khronos.org/devu/locations/seoul2004.html.  The event is free of charge and will be held 9:00 – 17:00 Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at the COEX, World Trade Center – Room #203.  For a map to the event please go to http://www.coex.co.kr/English/.

“The Khronos Group is focused on the creation of open standard, royalty- free multi-media APIs, and the OpenVG working group is leading the standardization effort of vector graphics acceleration to help create dynamic and rich user interfaces and real- time vector graphics on small digital media appliances, as well as Digital TVs and Set-top boxes,” said Dr. Kil-Su Eo, Vice President of Digital Media division at Samsung Electronics.  “As a member of the OpenVG working group, Samsung is glad to participate at Khronos Developer University in Seoul, and we hope that this event can help to educate the development community desires for advanced and dynamic user interfaces and rich graphic content.”

“As a Promoting Member of the Khronos Group, SK Telecom is pleased to present the SKT GIGA platform at Khronos Developer University in Seoul, and to discuss our product development on the OpenGL ES platform,” said Won Hee Sull, Vice President of Platform R&D Center at SK Telecom.  “We are also happy to include in our presentation our High Level Engine Partners: Gomid, Reakosys, HI and Fathammer.  Like SK Telecom, they are also pioneers in advanced mobile telecommunication technologies and have selected OpenGL ES their standard graphics API for 3D handheld applications.” 

“Fathammer is pleased to appear at Khronos DevU on December 8 2005 with our development partner NetDol to discuss how to convert mobile 3D games from the PC/Arcade platform to the Mobile platform, and to demonstrate OpenGL ES 1.0 running on an Intel-based smart phone,” said John Lee, Director of APAC Sales & Marketing,  Fathammer.

“LG Electronics is a strong proponent of industry standards and is active on a number of standardization committees,” says Jin Sung Choi, vice president, Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab, LG Electronics. “The Khronos Group will accelerate the rate of industry innovation benefiting solution vendors, handset manufacturers, and operators as well as consumers. As a member of Khronos, we are looking forward to acquiring new industry leading technologies through this opportunity.”

“NCsoft Corporation has selected the OpenGL ES API in order to take leadership in the field of mobile game development and the online MMORPG industry,” said Hyungjip Kim, vice president of Game Development Unit at NCsoft Corporation. “We will spare no effort to take on new challenges and opportunities in developing 3D online games in the mobile market, and our new Khronos Membership reflects our commitment to the advancement of OpenGL ES.”

“SMEDIA is glad to join the Khronos Group and to lecture on this important new graphic specification, as we feel OpenGL ES is a large contributor to driving quality 3D graphics into the mobile handset market,” said Mr. HY Lin, General Manager of SMEDIA.  “SMEDIA will continue to support OpenGL ES across our co-processor line of products and we are working with a wide range of third parties to deliver middleware and engine solutions.” 

About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs such as OpenGL® ES, OpenMAX™, OpenML™ and OpenVG™, to enable the creation and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices,  including 3D graphics on mobile phones.  All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, vote at various stages before public release, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications by having 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 is a registered trademark and OpenML and the OpenGL ES logo are trademarks 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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