The Khronos™ Group announced it has publicly released the OpenGL® 3.1 specification that modernizes and streamlines the cross-platform, royalty-free API for 3D graphics. OpenGL 3.1 includes GLSL™ 1.40, a new version of the OpenGL shading language, and provides enhanced access to the latest generation of programmable graphics hardware through improved programmability, more efficient vertex processing, expanded texturing functionality and increased buffer management flexibility. OpenGL 3.1 implementations are expected shortly from multiple vendors. The new OpenGL 3.1 specification and more details are available here. The official OpenGL 3.1 feedback thread is available here.
The Khronos Group has announced a detailed schedule of the upcoming Developers University session at this years Game Developers Conference 2009. This all day session will teach you about cross-platform APIs for advanced graphics and media acceleration. The Khronos Session will cover four major topics, OpenCL, OpenGL, COLLADA and the Khronos Mobile API Ecosystem:
OpenGL 3.1 - a streamlining of the OpenGL API that also adds cutting edge acceleration functionality
OpenCL 1.0 - portable heterogenous parallel computing that works smoothly with OpenGL to open a new world of visual computing opportunities
OpenSL ES 1.0 - an API for enhanced mobile audio that forms the final piece of the Khronos mobile ecosystem
Accelerated 3D for the Web - a new initiative spearheaded by Mozilla with Khronos to bring dynamic 3D graphics to web content everywhere.
Graphic Remedy will launch the first official version of gDEBugger Mac at this year's Game Developers Conference, San Francisco, 23-27 March. On Tuesday March 24, gDEBugger Mac will be demonstrated, all day long, in the Khronos Developer University full-day tutorial area. Fully functional trial version of gDEBugger Mac is now available for download. gDEBugger is an OpenGL Debugger and Profiler. It traces application activity on top of the OpenGL API, lets programmers see what is happening within the graphic system implementation to find bugs and optimize OpenGL application performance. gDEBugger Mac brings all of gDEBugger's Debugging and Profiling abilities to the OpenGL Mac OS X developer’s world. gDEBugger now runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.
Imagination Technologies announces further details of the first POWERVR SGX graphics IP core with multi-processor (MP) core support. The technology, henceforth POWERVR SGX543MP, is being delivered to customers in SGXMP2 (two-core) to SGXMP16 (16-core) variants. The cores support Khronos APIs including OpenGL™ ES 2.x, OpenVG™ 1.x and OpenCL™. With the POWERVR SGX543MP family Imagination continues to extend its leadership of the embedded graphics acceleration market with blistering POWERVR solutions which address the rapidly growing demands for high performance graphics in a wide range of consumer electronics segments. Imagination’s graphics IP cores now range from SGX520, the world’s smallest OpenGL™ ES 2.0 mobile core, to SGX543MP16 for high-performance console and computing devices. Some of the innovative technology behind POWERVR SGX543MP is being revealed in a keynote presentation at the 4th annual Multicore Expo.
DMP has announced a new two day getting start GLSL Programming training course on April 16th and 17th 2009. The OpenGL ES roadmap has been tailored to the diverse needs of the embedded industry and contains two tracks with "1.X" and "2.X" specification roadmaps that will evolve in parallel. The 1.X roadmap will continue to be developed for new-generation fixed function 3D accelerators while the 2.X roadmap will enable emerging programmable 3D pipelines.This course introduce the world of programmable pipeline by explaining basic topics of the GLSL(OpenGL Shading Language) which is a core feature of OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 2.x.
Imagination Technologies will be holding two sessions on OpenGL ES at the upcoming Game Developers Conference. On March 23rd there will be 'Optimizing for OpenGL ES 2.0', an Intermediate level session which will explore programming 3D graphics for OpenGL ES 2.0 games via a case study of design and development of Firemint's award winning Real Racing. On March 25th the second session 'Developing Mobile 3D Games Using the POWERVR SDK and Tools' for all, will help you gain a practical and detailed introduction for OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 mobile 3D-content development through exploration on how to the use the tools and SDK developed to support the POWERVR graphics technology.
Khronos has posted their speaking schedule for the Multicore EXPO on March 16th. Speakers from NVIDIA, Codeplay, Nokia, ARM and Imagination Technologies will be present, with a question and answer period and demo's. Khronos will cover two areas of our standards development: OpenCL and the Khronos "Handheld API Ecosystem".
The Khronos Group has setup an online Job Board for companies to post job openings that are related to any of the Khronos API's and COLLADA. There is no cost for companies to post openings which require skills in any of OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenGL SC, COLLADA, OpenKODE, OpenVG, OpenMAX and OpenSL ES.