Apple released the iPhone SDK beta 4 which now includes Xcode IDE, iPhone simulator with Open GL ES support, Interface Builder, Instruments, frameworks and samples, compilers, and Shark analysis tool. What is great about this release of the SDK for the iPhone is that Apple included something new, and an amazing new feature it is. OpenGL ES (Embedded System) is also on Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), Symbian OS and Android. Developers should be thrilled with this new feature on the iPhone.
QNX Software Systems announced that the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS has achieved certification for conformance to the POSIX PSE52 Realtime Controller 1003.13-2003 System product standard. QNX Software Systems' dedication to industry standards extends to other application programmer interfaces (APIs), such as the OpenGL ES 3D graphics API.
Gremedy, makers of gDEBugger V4.0 introduces gDEBugger Linux. This new exciting product adds 32bit and 64bit Linux Support, bringing all of gDEBugger's debugging and profiling abilities to the Linux OpenGL developers' world. gDEBugger, an OpenGL and OpenGL ES debugger and profiler, 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. This version also includes significant performance improvements as well as a new Textures and Buffers Viewer. This Viewer allows you to view textures, static buffers and pbuffers objects as images or raw-data in its original data format, including none RGB data formats (float, depth, integer, luminance, etc).
Bob Kuehne of Blue Newt Software and Paul Martz of Skew Matrix Software are pleased to announce that registration is now open for three OpenSceneGraph (OSG) training courses in Paris, France, April 25-30, 2008. These three courses will provide developers with a complete OSG education.
OpenGL ES is a cross-platform API for full-function 2D and 3D graphics on embedded systems - including amusement machines, car info-tainment systems, mobile phones, game consoles, and digital appliances. This course provides the knowledge that a novice OpenGL ES programmer needs to author interactive, 3D graphics applications using OpenGL ES. It covers fundamental topics such as overview of architecture, modeling, and lighting, and introduces advanced topics using extensions such as matrix palette skinning animation.
Sony Computer Entertainment unveiled their free cross-platform graphic engine, PhyreEngine, at the PSN session. The PhyreEngine pack includes full documentation and over 70 samples, as well as the full source code and artwork of various sample game templates. The engine is compatible with both OpenGL and Direct3D as well as other tools such as COLLADA, 3D Maya and 3D Max exporters and even Bullet, Havok, and Ageia Physics.
ARM announced at the Game Developers' Conference, San Francisco, Calif., the ARM(R) Mali-JSR297(TM) software for 3D graphics, the first product to enable developers of Java applications to take advantage of the latest hardware graphics features found in OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics processing units (GPUs), such as the ARM Mali200(TM) GPU. The new features in the Mali-JSR297 software reside beneath the gaming applications that users download to their phones and open up the full power of OpenGL ES 2.0, the API used in leading games consoles such as the Sony PlayStation 3 and which is supported by the Mali200 GPU.
NVIDIA is sponsoring GPU Optimization with the Latest NVIDIA Performance Tools and AMD is hosting Migrating from OpenGL ES 1.x to OpenGL ES 2.0. aLong with a great assortment of other good news, this years show looks like a winner.
The Hungarian tech company Kishonti specialises in measuring the performance of mobile devices, has just released its top ten list of best performing 3D phones. Their test only measure the device's technical performance when it comes to OpenGL ES 1.0 processing, and does not test for 3D gaming experience or control or usability.
Broadcom Corporation announced the first public demonstration showing realistic mobile game benchmarks based on the emerging OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics standard, running on cell phone hardware. In collaboration with Futuremark, a respected developer of PC and handheld performance benchmarks, Broadcom will demonstrate the ability of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard to deliver a significantly enhanced gaming experience on mobile devices when powered with the innovative VideoCore(R) III multimedia processor. Following close on the heals of this announcement, The Maybach Financial Group announced that it would be adding Broadcom to its watch list.