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.
The new AMD FirePro D300, D500 and D700 GPUs are built on the strength of AMD’s Graphics Core Next GPU design. With OpenCL support, Mac Pro users have the ability to seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video and simultaneously render effects in the background, and still have enough performance to power up to three high-resolution 4K displays. Read more about AMD’s support of OpenCL.
Khronos discloses the high-level direction for a new version of the OpenGL ES standard for mobile and embedded 3D graphics - to enable roadmap planning by OEMs and developers that are not Khronos members. Details around ‘OpenGL ES Next’ include:
The OpenGL ES Working Group plans to release a new version of OpenGL ES in 2014
The main features of the new API will be:
Backward compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0
Compute shaders, with atomics and image load/store capability
Separate shader objects
Indirect draw commands
Enhanced texturing functionality including texture gather, multisample textures and stencil textures
Enhanced shading language functionality
For clarification purposes the new API will not include:
The new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue architecture builds on the groundbreaking Series6 architecture that consumes the lowest memory bandwidth in the industry while delivering the best performance per mm2 and per mW. The Series6XT architecture features market-leading scalability, supporting implementations up to eight compute clusters that scale linearly in GFLOPS and texturing rates. With OpenGL ES 3.0* support across the range, Series6XT provides among the highest performance OpenGL ES 3.0 GPUs in the industry. Today Imagination unveiled the first three cores in the Series6XT generation with two, four and six compute clusters respectively. The Series6XT architecture targets a wide range of markets from wearables, mobile devices and tablets to automotive infotainment to high-end gaming and computing and more. Series6XT also adds performance enhancements to support the extended color gamut of 4K/Ultra HD TV.
At CES 2014, Imagination Technologies announced a new line-up of PowerVR Series6XE Rogue graphics processing (GPU) IP cores targeting cost-sensitive, mass-market applications. The new Series6XE family, including the world’s smallest fully-featured OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL-capable GPU core, are designed to enable high-quality graphics and efficient GPU compute performance for products such as entry-level mobile devices and tablets, as well as wearables and other consumer products including DTVs and set-top boxes, in which silicon area and memory bandwidth are limited, but advanced graphics performance is still desired. -
Samsung, Qualcomm, ARM, Broadcom, and a bunch of other technology companies want your computer to see. To that end, they banded together at the Khronos Group to try to standardize some elements of machine vision technology. It’s the kind of thing that could make it easier to write an augmented reality app for a mobile phone or sign-recognition software for an autonomous car, for example, because difficult low-level technology would be taken care of.
videantis announced it has joined the Khronos Group to bring support for the OpenVX computer vision acceleration API to its low power, licensable v-MP4000HDX processor architecture. Computer vision is the key technology that drives new applications such as always-on smart mobile cameras, gesture-based interfaces, 3D-sensing games, and automotive driver assistance systems.
Shaderific 3.1 is now available. Shaderific is an educational app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that helps computer science students and experienced developers to get started with OpenGL ES 2.0 shader development. The update adds a new stereoscopy mode that allows to render any shader as anaglyph red-cyan 3D images. This provides a completely new 3D experience when using glasses with the appropriate red-cyan filters. Furthermore, multiple instances of the same object can now be rendered with a single shader using the new draw instanced functionality.