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Jon Peddie Research offers a free download of TechWatch 2008 a year in review

Jon Peddie Research is offering a single issue of TechWatch in a free download - 2008 a year in review. Get your TechWatch issue here. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented marketing, research, and management consulting firm which has worked in the graphics and multimedia fields for more than 30 years.

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COLLADA Conformance Test Suite call for bids opened January 5th 2009

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.

For details and instructions please read these documents.

Update: The deadline for submissions is now February 2nd, 2009.

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Creative Launches the Zii Platform and Ushers in the Era of StemCell Computing

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.

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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.

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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.

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Khronos Invites you to a Developer University at SIGGRAPH Asia 2008

The Khronos Group invites everyone to attend the free Khronos DevU sessions at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2008.

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Vivante Extends Business Agreement with Top Ten Fabless Semiconductor Company

Vivante Corporation announced a multi-million dollar, multi-year, multi-use extension to an existing 2007 license agreement covering Vivante GPU IP cores. This top ten fabless semiconductor vendor has produced first-pass, working silicon samples including Vivante GPU cores for multiple product lines spanning digital home entertainment products, as well as smart phone and MID application processors. One notable result of this collaboration is the world’s smallest Khronos™ Group compliant OpenGL® ES 2.0 GPU cores, occupying less than 3.5 mm2 in 65 nm silicon. This silicon footprint includes test structures with the GPU core running at 200 MHz in 65LP process technology. Vivante has achieved Khronos Group compliance for the GPU cores delivered under this agreement for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG™ 1.0.1, and OpenGL ES 1.1.

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OpenGL support for Adobe After Effects

Adobe announced CS4 on September 23rd with a new round of updates for their design suites. A notable addition to Photoshop and After Effects is the addition of support for OpenGL. After Effects CS4 Professional now has OpenGL high-fidelity support for blending modes, adjustment layers, track mattes, accelerated effects, anti-aliasing, 2D motion blur, lights, and shadows. In Photoshop Extended, the entire 3D engine has been migrated from a PDF-based architecture to OpenGL, and the company has seeded OpenGL support throughout the application. Standard users will also see small advantages with OpenGL which is used to quickly zoom around large images. Read more on OpenGL support in Photoshop CS4, which is due out near the end of October.

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Toshiba Showcases a Software Platform for The Next Generation Media SoC Based on OpenMax at CEATEC J

Toshiba will exhibit at CEATEC JAPAN 2008, the largest consumer electronics trade show & conference in Asia from September 30 to October 3 at Makuhari Messe, Japan. They will have the presentation titled "A Software Platform for next generation media SoC based on International Standard", to talk about the overview on current media SoC software platforms. During the speech, Toshiba will unveil a software prototyping environment based on the "OpenMax" API for the next generation media SoCs, where migration on communication, broadcasting and internet will be more progressed, According to Toshiba, by utilizing the software prototype, we can check total system behavior, specification and functionality before actual SoC available.

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SGI relicensing of OpenGL heralded by Free Software Foundation and Khronos Group

Free Software Foundation and Khronos Group Both Herald New License of Industry Standard Graphics Software SGI today announced it is releasing a new version of the SGI Free Software License B. Included in the relicensing is the SGI OpenGL Sample Implementation. Said Neil Trevett, President of Khronos Group "today’s announcement shows real support for developers who rely on OpenGL, the planet’s most widely deployed 2D and 3D graphics API."

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