The Khronos Group commenced the opening events of its most recent tour to Beijing and Shanghai. The Khronos Board of Directors, including AMD, Apple, ARM, Epic, Ericsson, Freescale, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, SONY and Texas Instruments, has made engaging the participation of Chinese industry a priority and has committed significant financial and staffing resources to Chinese activities. Khronos standards include OpenGL ES, the 3D graphics API used to power the user interface, games and applications on almost every smartphone in the world, OpenCL for heterogeneous parallel computation and WebGL for 3D graphics for HTML5.
Did you miss the COLLADA Meetup we held along side GDC last week? No worries, we recorded the entire meetup, and have posted it in four parts on YouTube (part one, two, three, four) and as podcasts. With Neil Trevett as moderator, the COLLADA meetup is a first in a series of community meetups to help foster COLLADA cooperation and momentum. The slide presentation in PDF format from the meetup is also online.
Codeplay Software Ltd. and Fixstars Corporation announced a new business partnership to deliver Open Computing Language (OpenCL) software development and consulting services to Japanese firms and research laboratories. The partnership will help promote adoption of OpenCL among application developer communities as well as semiconductor designers. This announcement comes at the same time as the Khronos Groups second leg of their Pan Pacific Tour 2012 is getting underway in Beijing.
AMD announced it has invested in Nuvixa, Inc, a developer of gesture-based video communication and presentation solutions. Using depth-sensing camera technologies, the Nuvixa StagePresence immersive video presentation tool extracts a presenter from virtually any background environment, and embeds their live video persona within any compatible digital desktop or slide content. Image processing enhancements are only available with OpenCL and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs). This technology creates immersive performance and quality improvements and experience to online audiences.
The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5™ v5.9) toolchain with additional support for graphics analysis on ARM Mali Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), is now available for download by developers. The ARM DS-5 v5.9 toolchain provides significant benefits to semiconductor suppliers and OEMs, as well as mobile application and game developers, by enabling improved system visibility and decreased time-to-market.
The Linley Tech Mobile Conference will be held on April 16 & 17 in San Jose, California. A two-day, single-track conference feature technical presentations addressing system design for mobile devices such as tablet computers, smartphones, navigation devices, media players, handheld games, and e-book readers. Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group will discuss how OpenCL and OpenGL standards are changing the way that mobile systems are designed today. He will also address new initiatives in sensor processing and vision processing that will bring new capabilities to mobile devices.
Imagination Technologies has released version 2.10 of its industry leading PowerVR Insider SDK. The PowerVR Insider SDK fully supports the development of applications using the Khronos OpenGL® ES 1.1 and 2.0 APIs. Free and fully featured copies of the SDK will be available for download soon following a brief period where preview copies will be exclusively given away on DVD by Imagination at GDC 2012 in San Francisco.
WebGL Inspector is a tool inspired by gDEBugger and PIX with the goal of making the development of advanced WebGL applications easier. What Firebug and Developer Tools are to HTML/JS, WebGL Inspector is to WebGL.