ALT Software releases optimized OpenGL ES and OpenVG graphics drivers for the POWERVR MBX graphics core

POWERVR MBX is a popular lower-powered, high-performance graphics IP core integrated on many “system-on-a-chip” (SoC) processors used in automotive electronics such as instrument clusters, navigation systems and infotainment systems

Toronto, Canada, December 10, 2009. ALT Software announced today that it has developed OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.1 graphics drivers for embedded computing devices that employ system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors with the Imagination Technologies POWERVR MBX graphics core on Wind River’s VxWorks and Wind River Linux operating systems. The MBX core provides hardware accelerated 2D/3D graphics within the SoC, and uses a unique tile-based rendering architecture that enables high performance and image quality in lower power environments. ALT’s MBX driver includes an ALT- exclusive integrated feature known as a TAR, or Target Area Renderer, which enables the MBX core to render graphics at frame rates as high as 60 frames per second (fps), which rivals desktop computer graphics performance. The driver currently supports the Freescale MPC5121e embedded processor. ALT is also supporting PowerVR MBX and PowerVR SGX graphics cores on the Texas Instruments OMAP 2, OMAP 3, Freescale’s i.MX31, and a number of other SoC processors.

“As a Wind River strategic partner, ALT Software has been providing reliable, high-performance embedded graphics drivers for operating systems for years. We’re excited to see ALT creating MBX drivers that target both our VxWorks RTOS and Wind River Linux,” said Franz Walkembach, Senior Manager, Automotive Solutions Marketing, Wind River

“The increased adoption of Wind River’s operating systems in automotive electronics such as telematics and infotainment units make them an excellent first target platform for ALT’s POWERVR graphics drivers,” said Dan Joncas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, ALT Software.” As high-quality graphics and versatile functionality becomes a standard feature of these systems, the MBX core on a SoC like the MPC5121e presents itself as a cost effective solution that can last through an entire vehicle model’s life cycle, even as the application software is upgraded each year.”

About ALT Software

Established in 1994, ALT Software is the world’s leading supplier of advanced 2D/3D graphics, safety- critical and OpenGL solutions for embedded systems. They specialize in the development of advanced graphics software solutions which are compliant with the highest industry practices and standards for OpenGL as defined by Khronos Group, as well as FAA guidelines for safety-critical environments.

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