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Khronos Group News Archives
The COLLADA working group is soliciting bids for the improvement of the COLLADA Conformance Test Suite (COLLADA CTS). The conformance suite is a set of tests designed to confirm the conformance of a COLLADA Implementation. This call for bids is for the completion of this suite as specified in the attached statement of work.
Bidding is open to all interested parties. This call for bids opens on January 5, 2009. The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2009. The COLLADA working group will select a winner by February 9th, 2009. Contract award is expected by February 13th, 2009.
Update: The deadline for submissions is now February 2nd, 2009.Read More
Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the formation of ZiiLABS (a fully-owned subsidiary of Creative), with the combination of 3DLABS - which has a 25-year history as a leading innovator in programmable graphics, media and applications processing - and resources drawn from the largest product group in Creative, the Personal Digital Entertainment group. The formation of ZiiLABS, the launch of the new ZiiLABS ZMS-05 SoC (System-On-Chip) and the new Zii Platform today usher in the new era of StemCell Computing. Read More
MPEG finalized the standardization of the 3D Graphics Compression Model as a new part of the MPEG-4 (ISO/IEC 14496-25 3D GCM). This specifies a generic architecture model able to connect compression tools developed by MPEG for 3D graphics primitives to any XML based representation of such primitives. Currently, the standard instantiates this model for three standards: XMT (ISO/IEC 14496-11), COLLADA (specified by Khronos Group), and X3D (ISO/IEC 19775:2004) by specifying the complete set of correspondences between the MPEG-4 compression tools and elements of these three standards.
The new content obtained by such combination is packaged into an ISO file format that is able to carry in a lossless manner the data structure expressed in XML while reducing the size of the original file by 50:1 and supporting geometry, texture and animation streaming. The reference software implementation, publicly available under ISO license, covers both encoder and decoders. MPEG-4 for 3D Graphics becomes a transparent layer, optimally designed for storage and transmission, and independent of production and consumption conditions.Read More
Intelligraphics is pleased to announce a 5-day intensive OpenGL™ ES & EGL training course February 9th-13th 2009. This course is tailor-made with driver developers in mind primarily focusing on OpenGL™ v1.1 and ES v2.0 for embedded systems development. The course also presents EGL v1.3 concepts and programming for creating drawing surfaces and initializing contexts. Read More
Sony and Intel are teaming together to provide better COLLADA export/import for Max and Maya. The German company Netallied has been working on a brand new implementation, and the result of this work is now available in Beta on sourceforge. The new exporters and importers are taking advantage of direct streaming exporters, and SAX XML parsing for importers. Importing a 60MB COLLADA file into 3dsMAX takes 1.8sec with the new SAX based approach, in comparison to the previous FCOLLADA based importer: 39.7sec. Read More
DAZ3D recently released Carrara 7 Pro. Carrara is recognized as a robust, versatile software package of 3D tools that includes modeling, rigging, animating, terrain-building, rendering, and more. New in this version is Multi-Pass Rendering, 3D Paint, Improved Content Support, UV Editing/Unfolding, and a COLLADA Export. Read More
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
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, 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
Maemo.org 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
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
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