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.
Over one hundred mobile devices are now shipping from manufacturers including LG, Motorola and Samsung with ARM® Mali™ graphics technology, delivering stunning visual experiences on smartphones, feature phones and other handsets. Ericsson Mobile Platforms and NXP are major licensees of the ARM Mali200™ GPU, with Ericsson Mobile Platforms also licensing complementary Mali graphics software, joining the growing list of Mali licensees announced in January 2008.
DMP announced three new courses, two getting started and one advanced course. The first OpenGL ES Programming training course (getting started) will be in February, the second OpenGL ES Programming training course (advanced) will be in March, while the third GLSL Programming training course (getting started) will follow in April. For more information on these courses, please visit the Khronos Group events page.
The exploding popularity of mobile computing is undeniable. From cell phones to portable gaming systems, the global demand for multi-functional mobile devices is driving amazing hardware and software developments. 3D graphics are becoming an integral part of these ubiquitous devices, and as a result, Mobile 3D Graphics is arguably the most rapidly advancing area of the computer graphics discipline. If you are a graphics or game developer then you must learn to program for mobility, and this book will teach you how. You can read more about the book on the official homepage for the book, or purchase it directly from Amazon here.
Google's Android project, developed as an Open Handset Alliance Project, released the first version of its SDK along with an introduction to the mobile device platform in video. The video shows some of the slick features available in the stock platform. As well, the platform supports some rather nice looking OpenGL ES powered 3D capabilities, including the ability to run Quake on Android devices, something that they briefly demo in the video. Watch to the end of the video and you will see that Google is giving away $10 million in prizes to the best applications built for the Android platform. That's right, being an open platform, it is up to the people to build the apps. Enjoy. More reading.
POWERVR Insider SDK 2.1 has over a dozen additions to the training section alone, along with support for the new Motorola Z8 phone and numerous updates for OpenGL ES 2.0 support. "The POWERVR OpenGL ES 2.0 SDK is a great way to get started developing next generation mobile graphics applications," says Tom Olson, distinguished member of technical staff, Texas Instruments. "It is easy to install and use, and includes a good selection of helpful examples." You can download it for free at PowerVRInsider.
DMP announced a two day getting start GLSL Programming training course. 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.
Azteq Mobile revealed the availability of its end-to-end gaming solutions for mobile users. For mobile device OEMs, AZTEQ has developed a fully integrated game execution client, gameztaQTM, that integrates components such as a 3D game engine, 3D sound engine, a security agent and OpenGL® ES 2.0-based embedded graphics library.
DMP, Digital Media Professional has recently established a new seminar room for the training of Khronos API's. The room offers comfortable chairs, a specious desk space for each student, a ceiling mounted projector, a white board for easy instructor presentation, 12 computers with 17 inch LCD's and excellent air conditioning. There is even an in-class coffee maker. DMP has also announced two new OpenGL ES classes in November. For further information, please visit the Khronos Events page.