An in-depth look into the OpenGL ES standard and what the new embedded systems graphics library will provide for game developers. It covers OpenGL ES, EGL, game development, and platforms that are currently available. It also covers the problems involved in mobile game development with OpenGL ES and includes an overview of fixed point math and other areas of cell phone limitations that must be considered before creating mobile games.
ATI Imageon 2380 and 2388 handheld processors offer 3D graphics with OpenGL ES 1.1 + Extension Pack as well as audio and video functionality
ATI has announced a complete audio and visual solution for handheld devices: the Imageon 2380 and Imageon 2388. The processors offer end users an enriched multimedia and gaming experience by leading the industry with the implementation of OpenGL ES 1.1 + Extension Pack. OpenGL ES 1.1 + Extension Pack allows game developers and content creators to bring more realistic detail in environments, lighting and objects, while maintaining a high level of interactivity. By alleviating a significant amount of work being done by the main processor, the new Imageon processors can efficiently produce 3D visual effects and drive animation with quality previously unattainable on a cell phone. The flexible and programmable audio engine enable positional 3D sound, CD-quality ring-tones and music phones with high-quality stereo recording and playback. The video engine enables a mobile digital camcorder/player and supports advanced features such as video-telephony and video-streaming.
Game Developers Conference (March 20-24) to feature OpenGL ES and COLLADA tutorials, demos, and sessions
The Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 20-24, 2006 is the official trade event "by game developers for developers" of computer, console, mobile, arcade, online games, and location based entertainment. This year there will be a number of session and tutorials on OpenGL ES, Shader development and COLLADA. The sessions are designed to help mobile game developers look ahead at how they may need to modify their game development and design considerations. They introduce them them to OpenGL ES, OpenGL ES 2.0 shaders, hardware accelerated JSR-184, and using COLLADA in a mobile 3D toolchain, including PS3.
Mobex3D is a general purpose 3D framework for Pocket PCs, SmartPhones, PCs, Workstations and embedded devices. It's primary driver takes advantage of OpenGL ES 1.1 hardware acceleration support for multitexturing, lightmapping, realtime bumpmapping (on GPU devices) support for Nearest, Bilinear, Trilinear and Anisotropic texture filtering support for per Face, and per Vertex and per Pixel Lighting. It is OpenGL ES 2.0 ready for next generation hardware. On the desktop is takes advantage of OpenGL 2.0.
The OpenGL ES 2.0 header file is now available. The header file along with the OpenGL ES 2.0 specification and OpenGL ES Shading Language give developers the tools they need to begin developing OpenGL ES 2.0 applications.
ZeusCMD has updated its series of 25 OpenGL ES tutorials to support the GLUT|ES library. GLUT|ES is a port of the Open Source freeglut implementation of desktop GLUT. GLUT|ES supports both the Vincent 3D Rendering library and the Hybrid "Rasteroid" implementation. GLUT|ES allows code to be created that is more portable with current and future OpenGL ES implementations. The original tutorial source code which uses the UG library is also still available.
Quake III in the palm of your hand: Imagination Technologies demonstrates OpenGL ES-accelerated Quak
Imagination Technologies is demonstrating Quake Mobile and Quake III Arena running with full hardware acceleration using OpenGL ES on PowerVR-enabled Dell Axim X51v this week at the Korean Games Conference / G Star 2005. Quake Mobile takes all of the action, levels, weapons, and bad guys from the original PC title and transforms it all into the fastest, smoothest and most intense game ever to reach the Pocket PC. Quake III Arena under Windows CE 4.2 for Pocket PC is currently achieving up to 25 fps on the Dell Axim X50v.
IData 178 is a complete DO-178B Certification Package for the production of Level-A safety-critical applications using the Quantum3D IData advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) toolset. The included IData 178's DO-178B Render Engine offers avionics developers the full capabilities of IData's extensible HMI modeling and rendering system to enable developers to produce fully-certifiable cursor-controlled applications that rival the sophistication of desktop applications. IData 178 is fully compliant with the OpenGL ES Safety Critical profile defined by the Khronos Group and with OpenGL subsets offered by industry leading DO-178B OpenGL driver providers including Seaweed Systems and ALT Software as deployed in COTS certifiable RTOS environments such as LynxOS 178, Wind River VxWorks and Green Hills Integrity, as well as proprietary RTOS environments.
Quantum3D and Seaweed Systems will collaborate in the safety-critical embedded graphics market to integegrate the Quantum3D IData 178 DO-178B Level A Certification Package for the Quantum3D IDat Human Machine Interface (HMI) toolset, with Seaweed's DO-178B certifiable SeaWind/178 OpenGL driver. Both companies believe that OpenGL SC will have a profound impact on their core markets and, as a result, have already independently produced compliant implementations of their own products, SeaWind/178 and IData ES and IData 178 respectively. This new joint marketing agreement establishes the framework for the two companies to extend their cooperative efforts in order to ensure continued close integration between respective future products aimed at the safety critical embedded graphics market.
Futuremark announces 3DMarkMobile06 graphics performance benchmarking application for companies developing OpenGL ES 3D mobile hardware
3DMarkMobile06 Developers Edition is a robust OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 benchmark that tests 3D graphics performance of mobile 3D hardware. High detail game content generates workloads that tax OpenGL ES 3D hardware in a realistic way. Combined with feature tests consisting of pixel processing, vertex processing, and CPU processing, development hardware and prototype device performance can be tested, evaluated and compared, fairly and consistently. Before 3DMark Mobile06, nobody was able to make meaningful apples to apples comparisons of the graphics hardware that we all will have in our future phones. Futuremark will be giving a presentation at the Korean Game Developers conference in Seoul Nov 11, 2005.