The Khronos™ Group today announced an initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for bringing accelerated 3D graphics to the Web. In response to a proposal from Mozilla, Khronos has created an ‘Accelerated 3D on Web’ working group that Mozilla has offered to chair. This royalty-free standard will be developed under the proven Khronos development process with a target of a first public release within 12 months. Any interested company is welcome to join Khronos to make contributions, stand for chair, influence the direction of the specification and gain early access to draft specifications before public release. The working group will consider various approaches including exposing OpenGL and OpenGL ES 2.0 capabilities within ECMAScript. The Khronos Accelerated 3D on Web working group will commence work during April 2009.
A new version of BlenderPocket 2.48a is now available. BlenderPocket is a port of the famous Open Source 3D creation solution Blender dedicated for mobile devices having a touch screen, small amount of memory (RAM), a low speed processor (with no floating point unit) and no graphic unit (no hardware acceleration). It uses OpenGL ES (Rasteroid Implementation not available any more) and is working today on all mobile devices with Windows Mobile 2003 or newer. BlenderPocket has all essential features of Blender including Modeling, Texturing, UV Unwrapping, Animation, Rigging, Nodes, Lightning and Rendering.
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.
Fujitsu Microelectronics Asia Pte Ltd announced the launch of MB86298 a new graphics controller System-on-Chip (SoC) for automotive infotainment systems. The new controller offers the highest-class graphics capability for embedded systems, as well as an industry first of providing output to up to 4 displays, and up to 4 video inputs.The MB86298 graphics controller contains an acceleration function for OpenGL® ES 2.0, making it simpler to construct an in-vehicle entertainment environment. Fujitsu Microelectronics plans to provide OpenVG 1.0 support for smooth enlargement/reduction of characters and straight or curved lines.
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.
A new version of the Sony Ericsson Beta SDK for Windows Mobile® 6.1 is now available for download which adds Xperia™ Panels with OpenGL ES support. This allows you to incorporate a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects and other powerful visualization functions and provides a graphics pipeline that allows free access to graphics hardware acceleration on the Xperia X1 phone through the Xperia Panel interface.
Imagination and Samsung will demonstrate the Omnia HD i8910's stunning shader-based graphics capabilities. Samsung’s new Omnia HD smartphone is a Symbian-based handset built on a Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip with Imagination’s POWERVR SGX graphics processing technology. Demonstrations of OpenGL ES 2.0 shader-graphics content created with Imagination’s development tools will be on show at Imagination’s stand at MWC, Hall 2 #2A05. The POWERVR Insider SDK is fully compliant with the Khronos OpenGL ES 2.0 API.