Khronos Reports Dramatic Growth in Asia-Pacific Membership and OpenGL ES Adopters

Developers and press are invited to meet the new and current members at a free all-day technology forum covering all Khronos Media APIs on 
April 8, 2005 in Tokyo and April 12, 2005 in Seoul

March 29, 2005 – Clearlake Park, California – The Khronos™ Group is very pleased to announce that NEC has become a Khronos Contributing Member to participate in the ongoing development and promotion of open, royalty-free embedded media API standards.  Also announced today, 3D Incorporated of Japan; AIT (Alpha Imaging Technology), Brogent, Quanta Computer, MediaTEK and VIA of Taiwan;  Gomid and Magic Eyes of Korea; and Tata Elxsi of India have all become Adopters of 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.

Press and Developers Invited to Attend Khronos “DevU” Developer’s University
Khronos Member media experts will deliver several in-depth technology lectures on the state of Khronos API development on April 8, 2005 in Tokyo and April 12, 2005 in Seoul.  The Khronos DevU sessions are completely free, but registration is required at http://www.khronos.org/devu/register.html.  Besides covering a wide variety of media and embedded graphics subjects, Khronos Members will deliver product announcements and demos on their new products that are now implementing the Khronos APIs.  Full descriptions of session content are available at: http://www.khronos.org/devu.  Speakers will include: Dr. Jon Peddie of TechWatch; and representatives from Khronos Member companies 3Dlabs, Bitboys, HI Corp, Hybrid Graphics, Nokia, Renesas, Samsung, SMedia, Sun Microsystems. Texas Instruments, XCE and more.

Translations of Khronos Group general information and specific API overviews are available for our Korean, Japanese and Chinese speaking friends:
http://www.khronos.org/translations/

“Khronos welcomes NEC as a member, particularly as Asia is a leader in many embedded media markets and it is through the participation of respected companies, such as NEC, that the industry can create the standards that fuel market innovation,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “The rapid increase in OpenGL ES Adopters is an indicator that the time for widely available accelerated embedded 3D graphics is almost here – creating a significant opportunity for software developers everywhere.”


3D Inc. offers the embedded 3D market an OpenGL ES driver implementation which can be ported to various platforms including hardware accelerators, and soon, an innovative shader-enabling scene graph API, RTR-Engine, running on both OpenGL and OpenGL ES. www.ddd.co.jp

AIT (Alpha Imaging Technology) is a leader in highly integrated camera phone multimedia IC. Their single chip solution contains camera ISP, JPEG, MPEG4, H263, MP3, 2D graphics, and JAVA MIDP2.0 hardware acceleration. AIT will integrate OpenGL ES. www.a-i-t.com.tw

Brogent is a provider of both multimedia embedded/mobile software solution and state-of-the-art multimedia content design services. Brogent is developing an OpenGL ES API-savvy version of its Brogent Image Processing Engine. www.brogent.com  

GOMID is a leading developer of software products supporting linkage between wired and wireless internet or content, enabling users to enjoy seamless content on any device. GOMID will add OpenGL ES support to their 3D engine for applications on cell phones and PDAs. www.gomid.com

MagicEyes Digital will be integrating OpenGL ES support into their VRender 3D SoC solution for 3D graphics on portable game machines, PDAs and mobile phones. www.mesdigital.com

MediaTek Incorporation is a professional fabless IC company. They will bring OpenGL ES to their chipset solutions. www.mtk.com.tw

Tata Elxsi provides customized design solutions, from Automotive to Aerospace, Bioinformatics to Consumer Electronics, Entertainment to FMCG, media to Storage, Semicon to Telecom. They specialize in OpenGL optimization and application development and are developing their own OpenGL ES 1.1 library and gaming engine. www.tataelxsi.com

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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