Leading Mobile Industry Leaders Esmertec, QUALCOMM and Renesas Technology Join Khronos Group

See OpenGL ES product demonstrations and meet Khronos Members at a 
Press & Developer Open House on February 25, 2004 at 3GSM in Cannes, France

February 17, 2004 – 3GSM CONGRESS & EXHIBITION, Cannes France:  The Khronos Group is pleased to announce that Esmertec, a leading independent software company focusing on Java™ solutions and technologies for mass-market devices, has selected OpenGL ES® as a key 3D graphics API for its new wireless component J2ME runtime platform Jcap™ CLDC, and has joined as the newest Promoting Member in order to contribute to the ongoing development of the OpenGL ES specification.  Also joining today as new Contributor level Members are QUALCOMM and Renesas Technology.  QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) is a leading designer and supplier of CDMA chipsets and system software, and their digital and wireless innovations have transformed cell phones into small, sophisticated computers running Internet and multimedia software.  Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world, and designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC/AV markets.  Renesas’ SH-Mobile is acclaimed to be the world-leading application processor for the mobile market. These industry leading new members will further the momentum of OpenGL ES, which defines subset profiles of OpenGL® and brings advanced 3D graphics to a wide range of embedded systems; and OpenML 1.0 which enables developers to easily integrate video, audio and graphics capabilities into their application suites. 

Attend an OpenGL ES Press Conference on Wednesday February 25, 2004 - 15:00-17:00
Hear new announcements and the latest standardization, infrastructure and product updates from leading Khronos Members at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, France.  Map, detail and full descriptions of session content are available at: http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html

“OpenGL ES marks a significant milestone in bringing rich graphic experience to consumers’ mobile phones and we look forward to further contributing to the development and adoption of the standard,” said Alain Blancquart, CEO of Esmertec.  “Rich graphics are a key feature of Jcap™ CLDC, Esmertec’s latest wireless component enabled runtime platform; delivering dynamic and personalized service experience and interface branding to mobile phones.  We believe the consumer appetite for a dynamic user experience is insatiable and we are committed to providing such benefits to mass market handsets.”

“This announcement illustrates how OpenGL ES continues to gain significant industry momentum in all sectors of the mobile industry food-chain – enabling Khronos to promote a complete infrastructure around OpenGL ES for handheld 3D,” said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs, secretary of the Khronos Group and chairman of the OpenGL ES Working Group.  “Through our attention to API conformance testing, and by bringing a widely accepted 3D API standard rapidly to market, Khronos is performing an effective role in minimizing the platform permutations faced by 3D application developers.”

“Joining the Khronos group allows Renesas Technology to leverage the popularity of OpenGL ES and partner the technology with SH-Mobile to produce feature-rich multimedia devices cost effectively with reduced development time,” said Mr. Masao Nagatomo, General Manager of SOC Div. MCU & SOC Business Unit at Renesas Technology. “OpenGL ES will enable our SH-Mobile Consortium members to easily access the high performance of the SH-Mobile architecture in creating the new generation of applications for mobile terminals.”

The Khronos Group is an industry consortium focused on the development and deployment of OpenGL® ES and OpenML®; royalty-free, open standard APIs that enable authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. 

OpenGL® ES 1.0 Adopter’s Package and Conformance Testing Program
Khronos is now accepting OpenGL ES Adopting Members.  The Adopter’s Package contains software and documentation intended to drive rapid evaluation, deployment and acceptance of the OpenGL ES API in embedded markets requiring state-of-the-art 3D graphics: official Conformance Tests for the OpenGL ES 1.0 API; an open source sample implementation of the OpenGL ES API created as a wrapper over a desktop implementation on Windows® and Linux® OS; and an executable copy of Hybrid Graphic’s Gerbera™ solution, supporting an OpenGL ES library for Windows. 

About the Khronos Group
The Khronos Group was founded in January 2000 by a number of leading graphics and digital media companies including 3Dlabs, ATI, Discreet, Evans & Sutherland, Intel, SGI and Sun Microsystems to promote the creation and deployment of rich media through the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms & devices.  Go to www.khronos.org
for more information.

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