ATI has acquired Bitboys Oy. Bitboys is know for its OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics and OpenVG 1.0 2D vector graphics technologies optimized for high-volume mainstream mobile phones. These graphics cores will be supported by ATI's common software stack which covers its complete range of multimedia co-processors. This unified software environment will allow developers to easily create content for a range of devices and offers mobile phone manufacturers faster time to market.
New members Monotype Imaging, Scaleform, & TAT join to develop OpenVG; Hardware accelerated demos at GDC
OpenVG enables hardware acceleration of libraries such as such as Flash and SVG, enabling high-quality, anti-aliased, scalable 2D vector graphics on embedded and handheld devices with highly interactive performance and low levels of power consumption. The OpenVG standard has been designed to seamlessly interoperate with OpenGL ES 3D graphics; creating a high-performance, fully integrated 2D and 3D embedded graphics acceleration environment. New Khronos members Monotype Imaging, Scaleform, & TAT have joined to participate in ongoing development of the OpenVG API. At GDC there are demonstrations of hardware accelerated OpenVG from Bitboys, Hybrid Graphics, Scaleform, and PowerVR, as well as software implementations from HUONE and Ikivo
NVIDIA, a worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies announced that it will acquire Hybrid Graphics Ltd., a leading developer of embedded 2D and 3D graphics software for handheld devices. This acquisition will enable the customers of both companies to deploy compelling OpenGL ES and OpenVG graphics solutions for the entire worldwide handheld market.
At GDC, Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR MBX combined with the Scaleform VGx vector graphics driver will demonstrate accelerated Flash content using OpenVG and OpenGL ES API. Scaleform VGx will be a next generation OpenVG implementation that uses the OpenGL ES API, optimized tessellation (vector-to-triangle conversion), and advanced vertex/pixel shaders to accelerate high-quality 2D scalable vector graphics on existing OpenGL ES-based 3D GPU chipsets. This will enable content providers to accelerate the mobile end-user experience without requiring new silicon or data format modifications.
Imagination Technologies will be showing a host of OepnGL ES demonstrations at GDC in San Jose, CA, March 22nd-24th 2006. Demonstrations include:
- Scaleform VGx technology enabling accelerated Flash content
- Accelerated OpenVG User Interface, navigation, SVG and gaming content
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Monotype Imaging, one of the most prominent font technology companies has joined the Khronos Group in order to bring their expertise in fonts and text handling to the OpenVG API. OpenVG defines a low-level hardware acceleration layer for vector graphics libraries with support for scalable 2D vector graphics applications and text engines. As a cross-platform API, the OpenVG standard is targeted primarily at handheld devices requiring portable acceleration of high-quality vector graphics for user interfaces and text on small screens. Monotype will held to ensure that OpenVG offers an optimal acceleration layer for the highest quality of scalable, highly legible text.
At 3GSM, Falanx demontrated the Mali110 2D/3D graphics accelerator running hardware-accelerated OpenVG for interactive interface content on mobile devices. The OpenVGs API functions including image interpolation, paint generation, advanced blending modes and masking and is scalable to fit any size display delivering up to 16X FSAA of smooth rendering capabilities. This enables a wide variety of interactive content for the mobile industry that require minimal CPU capacity, is fast, scalable, and highly detailed.
The partnership between ALT Software and Hybrid Graphics will allow both companies to expand their customer base and product offerings by jointly providing system integration services,software products and more flexible and responsive customer support for graphics rendering on embedded devices using OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenVG and Java. Together their products address automotive, avionics, mobile, medical, and instrumentation markets.
Imagination Technologies has implemented full acceleration for OpenVG on the PowerVR MBX, achieving many times the performance of software implementations with significantly reduced power consumption. The new OpenVG acceleration along with OpenGL ES full 3D hardware acceleration of 32-bit pixel blending, hidden surface elimination, multi-texturing, anisotropic filtering and texture compression, will be shown at the companys stand at the 3GSM World Congress 2006 in Barcelona, Spain from 13-16 February 2006.
Khronos member, MTIS will provide engineering resources and graphics expertise to develop the OpenVG Conformance test suite for availability in the first half of 2006. The Khronos OpenVG working group will specify and approve the conformance tests to ensure that implementations that use the OpenVG logo are of a high quality - enabling the OpenVG API to provide a reliable and consistent platform for software and hardware developers.