Google has acquired DrawElements, a Finland-based company that specializes in software used for GPU benchmarking and testing. DrawElements' main product is DrawElements Quality Program (dEQP), which is used to measure the quality of GPUs and their drivers, while also focusing on related work with OpenGL ES 2.0 drivers and software rasterizers. The dEQP suite is a toolkit used to benchmark the accuracy, precision, feature conformance and stability of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs.
The refreshed Venue range of Android tablets from Dell is based on Intel Atom processors that run Android 4.4 KitKat. The Atom Z3460/Z3480 SoCs are 64-bit apps processors that include a dual-core CPU based on the Silvermont architecture and a quad-cluster PowerVR G6400 GPU capable of OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.2 and RenderScript. In the past OpenCL had only been available on developer boards but the Venue 8 tablet is the first consumer device to come with both OpenCL and RenderScript working out of the box. We’ve loaded our OpenCL Camera Adjustment image processing demo to offer readers a quick comparison in performance. When running on our PowerVR G6400 GPU, the image processing demo averages around 74 fps while the Intel CPU peaks at 12 FPS. To put this into perspective, an Exynos-based Samsung Galaxy S4 using a PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU was able to run the same demo at roughly 27 FPS.
Imagination Technologies announced a new PowerVR graphics processor IP core that provides the industry's smallest Android compatible GPU solution. The new PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core offers a small 0.55mm2 (250MHz in 28nm) silicon footprint, features full OpenGL ES 2.0 capability, ultra-low power consumption, and Imagination's advanced PVRTC texture compression technology.
There is a certain category of wearables and IoT devices that require advanced graphics and video processing alongside the sensors, connectivity and general-purpose processors; these devices feature displays and need to run multimedia-rich apps that require smooth OpenGL ES graphics. PowerVR GX5300 is designed to address the ultra-low power requirements of wearables. Whereas previous generation smartwatches could render graphics using a software-only approach or a simple 2D engine, newer wearable devices require fully featured GPUs to drive higher resolution user interfaces. PowerVR GX5300 can comfortably drive 480p and 720p resolutions representative of modern smartwatches, while offloading the main CPU and reducing software complexity.
The AR Community for Open and Interoperable Augmented Reality Experiences will be holding a face-to-face community meeting on September 12 in Munich, Germany. The F2F meetings are designed to promote discussion among ecosystem stakeholders for the development of open and interoperable AR content and experiences. We will receive updates about standards under development from Standards Development Organization spokepeople and Work Group chairs from The Khronos Group and many other organizations. In order to plan the agenda of the September 2014 AR Community meeting to target the needs of the community, participants are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to prepare and submit speaking abstracts and/or position papers. Community meeting position paper guidelines are available online.
We are very excited to announce that PowerVR Series6 GPUs have achieved full conformance with OpenGL® ES 3.1, the latest version of the well-known graphics API developed and maintained by the Khronos Group. Being able to offer PowerVR developers access to the latest graphics and compute feature set is something we firmly believe in and work really hard to achieve for every family of GPUs we release. OpenGL ES 3.1 brings a number of improvements over the previous API release, but perhaps the most exciting feature is the presence of compute shaders. The demo presented on our blog offers an overview of how OpenGL ES 3.1 compute shaders can be used for image processing.
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Intel announced that its Intel Atom processor Z3700 series, the Intel Celeron processor N/J series, and the Intel Pentium processor N/J series, are now OpenGL ES 3.1 compliant. A complete list of conformant OpenGL ES products is located on the Khronos Group website.
Google's new Android Extension Pack and OpenGL ES 3.1 are supported in the upcoming Android L release. The Android Extension Pack is a set of extensions to OpenGL ES which provides features like tessellation to improve the detail of geometry rendered onscreen, and geometry shaders which can also be used to add detail to what is rendered onscreen as well as to add shadows to a scene. The Android Extension Pack also includes support for compute shaders, and Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC).