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The third edition of OpenGL Pipeline, the quarterly newsletter covering all things the OpenGL standards body has “in the pipeline”, covers many exciting issues: Updates about the next generation OpenGL “Longs Peak”, OpenGL and Windows Vista, OpenGL Shading Language tidbits, performance optimization, and a first look at the new OpenGL 2.1 SDK - a hand picked selection of 3rd party contributions from many of the leaders in the community.

At 3GSM, NVIDIA demonstrated a prototype implementation of OpenKODE 1.0 (think DirectX for handhelds) showing multi-tasking in a multi-windowed environment; fully accelerated translucent window compositing, and innovative 3D UI widgets with transition effects. A video capture of this demo is available on YouTube. As noted by engaget “the combination definitely impresses, with full 3D games, seemingly high-quality video, and other multimedia capabilities on full display, not to mention a fairly snazzy and customizable interface”.
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Tao announced OpenKODE support for its intent GamePlayer, its cross-platform, binary-portable, native gaming solution. OpenKODE brings together existing industry-standard media APIs with a newly-defined API to abstract operating system services for improved source portability for media and graphics applications over a wide range of platforms, operating systems and devices. Tao’s intent GamePlayer further provides binary portability over a variety of platforms beyond handsets such as set-top boxes, automotive and PCs, and a provisioning mechanism to allow native content to be efficiently downloaded, installed and launched.

3DMarkMobile JSR 184 is Futuremark’s port of their industry standard 3DMarkMobile ES 1.1 benchmark to the Java Mobile 3D Graphics (M3G) environment. 3DMarkMobile ES 1.1 and 3DMarkMobile JSR 184 share Identical test workloads, which are deployed through Futuremark’s OpenGL ES 1.1 engine in the former, and the company’s JSR 184 engine in the latter. This design enables reliable comparisons between native OpenGL ES and Java Mobile 3D performance. Test suites feature high detail 3D game workloads and pixel processing, vertex processing and CPU processing feature tests, plus image quality tests.

Aplix and Acrodea will form a cooperative alliance to promote the broader use of OpenKODE. Aplix will use Acrodea’s OpenKODE solutions in JBlend (Java technology solution for resource constrained devices) and the Aplix Middleware Framework. Acrodea will use Aplix’s Java-based solutions and platform solutions in their pilot targets. Acrodea has already announced it will support OpenKODE in its middleware products VividUI and X-Forge.

Acrodea has announced plans to offer its middleware products VividUI and X-Forge with support for OpenKODE as well as promote the standard towards Acrodea’s partners and the industry. VividUI is a dynamic user interface engine for mobile devices. X-Forge is a popular game development platform. OpenKODE will not only make the development of applications and middleware more cost effective, but will also allow future mobile devices to run more intuitive user interfaces and richer content.

The new TI OMAP3430 processor embeds Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX graphics core, making it the first applications processor to support OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG, providing superior graphics performance and advanced user interface capabilities. OpenGL ES 2.0 brings “life-like” 3D graphics to the handset and creating a mobile gaming experience comparable to today’s handheld gaming devices. OpenVG provides hardware acceleration of 2D scalable vector graphics for creation of advanced, immersive user interfaces and flash-style animations. TI also is enabling sophisticated and dynamic images in the mobile gaming environment with “smart pixel” technology offered via OpenGL ES 2.0 that allows each pixel in an image to be programmed individually, giving game developers the power to create rich effects with cinematic realism.

The ARM Mali200 processor delivers 2D and 3D graphics with 4x and 16x FSAA and HDR support for next-generation mobile games on smartphones and other high-end portable devices. Content developers can take advantage of OpenGL ES 2.0 support for fully programmable shaders to control the rendering pipeline to create PC - and console-quality effects on VGA and higher resolutions at more than 30 frames per second. The small footprint ARM Mali55 brings visually enhanced mobile games and user interfaces to the mass market by enabling graphics acceleration for low-cost feature phones. It supports both OpenGL ES v1.1 and OpenVG.

STMicroelectronics has licensed AMD graphics technology, including 2D, 3D and vector graphics core engines, as well as related software compliant with OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.0 standards. This will enable new handheld devices to reach a large audience of customers who want to enjoy stunning user interfaces, immersive 3D games, and dynamic multimedia content.

At 3GSM, NVIDIA is demonstrating a prototype implementation of OpenKODE to accelerate an intuitive user interface concept design. OpenKODE is a royalty-free, cross-platform standard that combines a set of native APIs into a comprehensive media stack specification for accelerating rich media and graphics applications. The NVIDIA demo showcases: multi-tasking in a multi-windowed environment; fully accelerated translucent window compositing, and innovative 3D user interface with transition effects.

Khronos has released a provisional version of the OpenKODE 1.0 specification to enable widespread developer feedback and rapid industry implementation of this new standard that is designed to bring portability and advanced media acceleration to mobile handsets. “OpenKODE has the potential to move the mobile industry forward with giant steps in much the same way that DirectX enabled a generation of dynamic multimedia entertainment including 3D games, music, movies, and video on PCs.” says Jon Peddie Research. See press release.


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