Qualcomm has added the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets to the Snapdragon 600 tier for high-end mobile computing devices. Both new chipsets integrate Qualcomm Technologies’ 3rd Generation LTE modem, supporting Category 4 data rates for new requirements such as LTE-Broadcast and LTE Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). The chipsets also feature Qualcomm Technologies’ Adreno 405 GPU which support the latest mobile graphics APIs like DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL ES 3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellationfor more detailed, realistic mobile games and visually stunning user interfaces. The Adreno 405 also supports Full Profile OpenCL for superior GPGPU compute, video and image processing.
In the OpenGL ES 3.0 Programming Guide, Second Edition, the authors cover the entire API and Shading Language. They carefully introduce OpenGL ES 3.0 features such as shadow mapping, instancing, multiple render targets, uniform buffer objects, texture compression, program binaries, and transform feedback.
The free OpenGL ES CapsViewer app is now available for Android. This tools reads out all hardware capabilities of Android devices and can upload them to an online database that developers can access to check out OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 capabilities for the various devices out on the market. The database contains OpenGL ES information including extensions, compressed texture formats, capabilities, EGL extensions, device features and available hardware sensors. You can compare up to 8 different devices at once, so developers can easily check out what features are supported by their targeted devices.
Latest Texture Compression Tool from ARM adds to the existing ASTC support by now including the ability to compress 3D textures.
The newly-released Kishonti GFXBench 3.0 is comprised of nearly all new tests, including battery, render quality, and the first serious OpenGL ES 3.0 performance metric. Newly introduced is the demanding Manhattan test, utilizing OpenGL ES 3.0-specific complex lighting, particles, and, most important, deferred shading. Tom's Hardware has a complete rundown of GFXBench and the GFXBench website contains lots of results for various mobile devices.
The Khronos Group will once again be holding a series of Meet ups at this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Digital Media Professionals Inc announced that Olympus has selected DMP 2D/3D hybrid graphics IP core “SMAPH-H” for their OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1, the flagship model of a mirrorless system, integrating DSLR. SMAPH-H is a hybrid graphics IP core optimized for high-performance, high-quality user interfaces and mobile applications, supporting OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 APIs.
GFXBench 3.0 is a high-end 3D graphics benchmark that adds advanced OpenGL ES 3 features and special tests to the popular GFXBench benchmark suite.
In conjunction with the launch of our PowerVR Series6XT and Series6XE GPUs, the Khronos Group has announced OpenGL® ES Next, a next-generation API standard which introduces a number of new features for mobile and embedded devices. Good news for developers targeting PowerVR-based hardware is that all our PowerVR Rogue GPUs are designed to meet the specifications of the OpenGL ES Next API. This means that any device with a PowerVR Series6, Series6XT or Series6XE graphics core will be able to support OpenGL ES Next, once conformance is achieved.