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Google joins effort for 3D Web standard with new plugin

Google released an experimental browser plugin which lets you display rich 3D graphics in Web content. Google hopes this plugin will contribute to the new 3D Web work group managed by the Khronos Group and backed by Mozilla and Google itself. With Google's contribution and participation in this effort to build 3D Web standards it looks like this concept is gaining traction. There has been some confusion over Google releasing this API and whether it is meant to derail the efforts of Khronos and Mozilla. On the contrary, from Google's own blog, "Google plans to contribute technology and web development expertise to the discussion within Khronos and the broader development community."
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TAKUMI annouces New GSHARK-TAKUMI Graphics Accelerator IP Core Supporting OpenVG1.1

TAKUMI Corporation announced that the company has started licensing GV500 and GV300, TAKUMI’s new graphics accelerator IP core supporting 2D Vector Graphics for use mainly in mobile phones and digital consumer electronics products. Both IP cores support the API standards for embedded systems: GV500 supports both OpenGL ES1.1 and OpenVG1.1 while GV300 supports OpenVG1.1.

  • GV500: Both 2D Vector Graphics and 3D graphics are supported
  • GV300: Dedicated for 2D Vector Graphics

Inheriting high performance and small power consumption architecture from other existing GSHARK-TAKUMI IP cores, GV500 and GV300 are new products developed specifically for use in embedded systems including mobile phones, digital audio-visual home appliances and in-car displays.


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DMP adds OpenGL ES 2.0 shader-based graphics IP to its new “SMAPH®” graphics IP core family

Digital Media Professionals Inc. today announced "SMAPH-S", a next generation OpenGL ES 2.0 shader-based graphics IP core. DMP will start providing the core to initial customers in 1Q 2010. SMAPH-S is a high-performance 3D graphics IP core that offers industry lowest power consumption with its state-of-the-art power saving technologies and highly optimized OpenGL ES 2.0 based-shader pipelines.
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OpenCTM 3D viewer adds conversion functionality

The latest version of the OpenCTM 3D mesh viewer (part of the OpenCTM v1.0.2 SDK) has support for loading, viewing and saving several different file formats (OpenCTM, COLLADA, STL, PLY, OBJ and 3DS), making it a convenient companion tool for 3D graphics developers and artists. The viewer uses OpenGL for its 3D view and GUI, and works under Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc. OpenCTM is a file format, software library and a tool set for compression of triangle meshes. It fits well with the current OpenGL rendering pipeline, with support for custom shader attributes among other things.
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Imagination Technologies announces POWERVR SGX545 graphics IP core with OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.0

Imagination Technologies announces the POWERVR SGX545. SGX545 will support OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance as well as support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.
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Safe Software Delivers Improve Spatial Data Access including COLLADA support

Safe Software, the leaders in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), has announced the release of FME 2010, the only complete solution for data conversion and distribution available in the market today. FME 2010 introduces new support for additional formats, enhanced support for popular formats, and significant improvements in support for 3D formats, enabling users to create even more realistic 3D models that integrate data from a wide variety of data types including Autodesk 3ds, COLLADA (.dae), Google Sketchup™ and Presagis OpenFlight.
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Kanzi SDK utilizes COLLADA format

Rightware's Kanzi SDK offers the missing link to chain today’s mainstream 3D graphics content creation tools, such as 3DS Max, Maya and XSI with cell phones and other mobile devices. Artists will be able to export their UI base designs from the software packages to Kanzi SDK using COLLADA data format. Kanzi also sports a unified pipeline for OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 1.x based 3D graphics, with the engine able to run real-time streaming data, texture and fragment shaders, as well as multi-texturing and dynamic lighting.
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ALT and CARERI establish joint technology lab for new generation of embedded graphics display system

ALT Software has won a contract with the Chinese Aeronautical Radio Electronics Research Institute (CARERI) to provide embedded graphics display drivers and hardware design services for the ATI Radeon E4690 and Radeon X1400 graphics processors for deployment in next-generation avionics display systems. ALT Software has been a leading provider of OpenGL ES and OpenGL SC display drivers for avionics systems for well over a decade.
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C3DL core updated to use WebGL

C3DL website has an announcement stating they have released v2.0 of C3DL. The version 2.0 core has been updated to use WebGL. The demo's, tutorials and documentation have been updated also. From the website, "The Canvas 3D JS Libary (C3DL) is a JavaScript library that will make it easier to write 3D applications using WebGL." This version sees ports of all c3dl features including COLLADA model loading, Picking, Lighting System, Camera system, Particle system and Effects System.
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AMD Open Physics Initiative Expands Ecosystem with Free DMM for Game Production on OpenCL

AMD announced with partners Pixelux Entertainment and Bullet Physics, it has added significant support to the Open Physics ecosystem by providing game developers with access to the newest version of the Pixelux Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), a breakthrough in physics simulation. In addition, to enabling a superior development experience and helping to reduce time to market, Pixelux has tightly integrated its technology, DMM, with Bullet Physics, allowing developers to integrate physics simulation into game titles that run on both OpenCL- and DirectCompute-capable platforms. And both DMM and Bullet work with Trinigy’s Vision Engine to create and visualize physics offerings in-game.
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