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Freescale extends OpenVG and OpenGL ES enabled i.MX51 family

Freescales i.MX51 processors for automotive applications, and industrial and consumer applications, incorporates dedicated OpenVG™ and OpenGL®-ES hardware acceleration that is vital for popular customer requirements like Adobe Flash. "In combination with the QNX Aviage Middleware, customers can easily develop rich multimedia products with highly advanced human-machine interfaces imperative to the automotive infotainment space” said Romain Saha, business development manager at QNX Software Systems. Supported frameworks include DirectShow for Windows Embedded, GStreamer for GNOME™ and the Ubuntu OS, and OpenMAX™ for Android. Optimized graphics middleware for X Window System, OpenGL-ES and OpenVG graphics engines are also provided to enable rich user interfaces and graphics.

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X3DOM: Announcing new open-source WebGL based X3D runtime

The system allows web-developers to build web-pages and applications, which include declarative (X)3D content that will be rendered hardware accelerated, thanks to WebGL, without the need for using any plugin. The goal here is to have a live X3D scene in your browser-DOM, which allows you to manipulate the 3D content by only adding, removing or changing DOM elements. No specific plugin or plugin interface are needed.

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WebGL cheat-sheet available for download

Learning WebGL pointed us at Nihilogic, which has put together a very nice WebGL cheat-sheet.

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ForceWare 195.39: NVIDIA’s First Graphics Drivers with Public OpenCL Support

NVIDIA releases their first set of display drivers (for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs) that brings the public support of OpenCL (Open Computing Language). OpenCL (GPU version) is limited to GeForce 8 and later GPUs. This release includes also over 200 bug fixes.

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IBM Releases OpenCL Drivers for POWER6 and Cell/B.E.

IBM announced the release of alpha level OpenCL drivers for POWER6 and Cell/B.E. Linux systems through its alphaWorks 'Emerging technologies' program. The OpenCL Development Kit for Linux on Power is an IBM implementation of the OpenCL Specification, Version 1.0. This implementation is for Power hardware running the Linux operating system and has been tested on the IBM BladeCenter QS22 systems running Fedora 9 and on the IBM BladeCenter JS23 systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3.

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Khronos Group expands WebGL forums for coders

The Khronos Group has expanded the WebGL section of their public forums, giving an area for users and coders to mingle together. The forums now contain categories for beginner and advanced coders, hardware and software issues for end users, OS and browser specific questions and help, and an area to discuss SDK's, toolkits and wrappers. The Khronos Group message boards are visited by the developers behind all the Khronos API's on a regular basis, and offer the best place to give and receive help. We look forward to seeing you at the Khronos forums soon.

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Fixstars offers professional services to support utilization of OpenCL

Fixstars Corporation, a pioneering company in multi-core solutions announced that it has launched an OpenCL software service. Fixstars provides various services to develop software based on parallel computing framework which has high portability for HPC, desktop and embedded application developers.

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First Look: VMware Fusion 3

The latest version of VMWare Fusion, a virtualization application for Mac was released today. Fusion 3 now offersOpenGL acceleration for Windows machines (OpenGL 1.4 in Windows 7; OpenGL 2.1 in Windows XP) and better DirectX support, which allows for Windows’ Aero 3D effects in both Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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Renesas to Release SH7777 SoC for Car Navigation and Infotainment Systems

Renesas Technology announced the SH7777 (SH-NaviJ3), the third product in the SH-NaviJ Series of system-on-chip (SoC) devices for compact portable navigation and infotainment systems and low- and mid-priced dashboard-mounted car navigation and infotainment systems. It speeds up development through OpenGL ES 1.1 support and offers enhanced multimedia functions such as terrestrial digital TV broadcast support.

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Vivante GPUs Power Marvell ARMADA Application Processors

Vivante Corporation announced that Marvell has deployed Vivante’s GC-series graphics processors in the new Marvell® ARMADA™ range of application processors. "Marvell is a recognized leader in delivering a range of SoC products with leading edge performance and functionality," said Wei-Jin Dai, Vivante CEO. "Marvell’s ARMADA application processors showcase the leading edge applications that are possible when best-in-class CPUs are combined with Vivante’s high performance GPUs. Vivante has been working with Marvell and their customers along with the application and middleware ecosystem to bring an immersive multimedia user experience to a new class of consumer devices."

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