Khronos Group News Archives

Apple invests in ITG to boost strength of iPhone

Apple has purchased 8.2 million shares of Imagination Technologies Group (ITG) stock, giving Apple 3.6% ownership. ITG is the company behind the PowerVR MBX and PowerVR SGX and VXD. The SGX is compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0 which includes a shader engine for more realistic 3D graphics. The VXD is capable of handling resolutions up to full HD resolution. Read More

Apple Planning Snow Leopard Surprise based on OpenCL?

The Guardian is reporting that Apple's next OS revision 'Snow Leopard' will likely have a couple of new technologies to speed up software, without the requirement of new hardware. One is called Grand Central, and reportedly makes better use of the Intel processors in the current line of Macs. The second technology, OpenCL, will offers radical change, as it harnesses the power of the GPU. OpenCL will allow an application to work on whatever GPU the machine contains, on the fly. This has progressed faster than expected, in part because Apple brought the problem to the Khronos Group. Read More

NEC System Technologies unveils new graphics IP supporting Adobe® Flash® Lite™ 3

NEC System Technologies, Ltd. today announced the launch of license sales of embedded graphics IP "GA88 Series/IWAYAG" achieving high function, high performance vector graphics conforming to the latest version OpenVG 1.1 for digital home appliances, car navigation systems and other visual display functions installed embedded devices. This supports FlashPlayer and Adobe Flash Lite 3.1.5 embedded by Adobe Systems Incorporated and enables 5x to 10x faster Flash contents playback speeds. Read More pre-alpha version 5 SDK includes OpenMAX software component has released a "pre-alpha" version of its Maemo 5 SDK. Based on Linux, and designed for Internet tablets such as Nokia's N810, Maemo 5 brings hardware-based graphics acceleration for OMAP3, cellular connectivity, and support for HD cameras. Other interesting new open source software components include Libcanberra, OpenMax, PulseAudio, and Tracker. Read More

Apple-Led OpenCL Brings More Freedom to Processors

In June 2008, Apple Inc. made news by unexpectedly announcing adoption of OpenCL for its next-generation OS. The entire picture of this strategy is now becoming clear. This is the direct response of a processor manufacturer to the impending risk that its current approach would lead to software developers leaving its platform. Multi-core computers are becoming more popular, GPUs are handling more than just graphics, and many processors with new architecture are emerging. OpenCL, which emerged in an era of processor chaos, is about to give software developers and equipment manufacturers the freedom to choose processors. Read More

Strata 3D CX has added tremendous power while becoming even more user-friendly. Workflow and tools a

Strata 3D CX 5.6 has added tremendous power while becoming even more user-friendly. New features include: all functionality of the Design 3D[in] plug-in, 3D Texture Maker and Exporter, Collada import/export, 8 processor support, dynamically linked PSD texture maps, render to Photoshop layers, and much more. Read More

Irrlicht Engine 1.5 with COLLADA 1.4 support

The Irrlicht Engine is an open source high performance realtime 3D engine written and usable in C++ and also available for .NET languages. This release adds new features such as support for COLLADA 1.4 and LWO files. Also included are an .OBJ file writer, an enhanced software rasterizer (burning video), FSAA for OpenGL, OGRE .mesh loader improvements and improved terrain rendering. Read More

Movial Joins the Khronos Group

Movial, the company that inspires rich, intuitive Internet experiences, today announced it has joined the Khronos™ Group industry consortium. By joining the Khronos Group, Movial continues its ongoing commitment to support the development of open standards -- including enabling the acceleration of graphics and multimedia on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Read More

Khronos Group posts presentations from Siggraph Asia online

The Khronos Group has posted the presentations from Siggraph Asia 2008 online in PDF format. These presentations cover OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenVG and COLLADA. If you were not able to make the show, then these are must read for you. Read More

NVIDIA Adds OpenCL to Its Industry Leading GPU Computing Toolkit

NVIDIA Corporation today announced its full support for the newly released OpenCL 1.0 specification from the Khronos Group. OpenCL (Open Computing Language) is a new compute API that allows developers to harness the massive parallel computing power of the GPU. The addition of OpenCL is another major milestone in the GPU revolution that gives NVIDIA developers another powerful programming option. You can find the OpenCL specification on the Khronos Group website. Read More

AMD to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard

AMD today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK). OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group. AMD is a founding and contributing member of the OpenCL working group in The Khronos Group, and has consistently been one of the most vocal and active proponents of the standard. Read More

The Khronos™ Group announces OpenVG 1.1 released

The Khronos™ Group announced today that it has ratified and publicly released the OpenVG™ 1.1 specification, a new version of the royalty-free, open standard for low-level 2D vector graphics acceleration. OpenVG 1.1 adds a Glyph API for hardware accelerated text rendering, full acceleration support for Adobe® Flash® and Flash Lite 3 technologies and multi-sampled anti-aliasing. The new OpenVG specification is accompanied by an open source sample implementation and a full suite of conformance tests implemented by the Khronos Group. Read More

OpenCL 1.0 Released

The Khronos™ Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL™ 1.0 specification, the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices. OpenCL enables software developers to take full advantage of a diverse mix of multi-core CPUs, GPUs, Cell-type architectures and other parallel processors such as DSPs to greatly improve speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment to scientific and medical software. Read More

Khronos Graphics and Compute “Developer University” at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2008

Join experts from Khronos for the public launch of the OpenCL 1.0 and OpenVG 1.1 specifications. This day-long "Developer University" is free to SIGGRAPH ASIA attendees and will provide a comprehensive update on the Khronos ecosystem of standards that includes heterogenous parallel programming frameworks and graphics & media APIs for graphics-rich applications and user interfaces on a wide range of systems from supercomputers to mobile devices. Read More

OpenCL update and overview

HPC Wire has a great article on OpenCL. The article reviews the organization and process behind OpenCL, gives a short overview of the nature of the proposal, and discusses the implications of OpenCL in the high-performance software development arena. The OpenCL initiative currently being developed by the Khronos Group is a royalty-free standard for parallel programming of heterogeneous systems. Read More

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