Symbian announced today New Symbian technologies to shape the future of converged mobile devices and service. Symbian Limited, developer and licensor of Symbian OS™, the market-leading operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones known as smartphones, today announced two ground-breaking technologies, ScreenPlay and FreeWay, to power the future of mobile computing. The newly announced technologies offer dramatic enhancements in the vital areas of graphics and connectivity, which are essential in driving the growth and reach of smartphones. "Consumers are expecting more intuitive, more informative and more entertaining graphics experiences on their phones. Symbian is heavily involved with Khronos to help create and promote open standards for mobile graphics and media. By supporting open standard APIs, Symbian has ensured that ScreenPlay will receive strong industry support," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group.
Azteq Mobile revealed the availability of its end-to-end gaming solutions for mobile users. For mobile device OEMs, AZTEQ has developed a fully integrated game execution client, gameztaQTM, that integrates components such as a 3D game engine, 3D sound engine, a security agent and OpenGL® ES 2.0-based embedded graphics library.
Symbian, the consortium that develops the mobile operating system of the same name, plans to add in APIs for multimedia applications, a bearer mobility capability and technology for greater code density on ARM processors to the OS over the next 18 months. Two of the multimedia APIs come from the Khronos Group, OpenSL ES and OpenMAX IL, said Andy Moran, head of enterprise at the London-based company. Symbian intends to implement OpenGL ES, another Khronos Group API for full-function 2D and 3D graphics, enabling mobile TV, videoclips on a phone and so on.
Khronos is pleased to present Mobile and Embedded Graphics at ARM Developers' Conference 2007 on October 4th. The Mobile and Embedded Graphics event at The ARM Developers’ Conference & Design Pavilion is a great, free, opportunity to get the latest information on the fast growing area of embedded graphics. Discover how 3D hardware fits into the SoC realm, what implementations are available for systems integrators today, and the benefits of having graphics in end user devices, including what sort of applications are now possible. Attendance is free, but you are required to RSVP. For more information, please visit our event page.
Expert Members Kari Pulli, Jani Vaarala, Ville Miettinen, Robert J. Simpson, Tomi Aarnio and Mark Callow have organized an in-depth all day course for intermediates on Mobile 3D Ecosystem at Siggraph on Tuesday August 7th. Attendees will learn how to develop 3D applications for mobile devices, how they function, and where they are heading. The course focuses on OpenGL ES and M3G, and how to use these technologies to create efficient applications and deploy them in the mobile world. Prerequisites include a basic knowledge of 3D computer graphics, a working knowledge of a modern graphics API like OpenGL, D3D, X3D, or Java3D and an ability to read simple computer programs written in C and Java.
Acrodea and Bandai Networks have announced the release of X-Forge 2007, a game development environment for handheld devices. Leading the mobile games market, the newly released X-Forge 2007 SDK (software development kit) offers the first compatibility for Open GL®ES 2.0, and supports programmable shaders and scene graphs. X-Forge 2007 delivers compatibility with OpenKODE as set forth by the Khronos Group, and supports the de facto standard 3D graphics API sets OpenGL ES 1.0/1.1/2.0.
The Embedded Systems 3D Game Software Development Kit, short ES 3D Game SDK, is an Open Source 3D Game Engine / SDK for embedded devices / mobile phones. The new v0.4.1 includes hardware and simulated lighting for the terrain renderer. Also, several improvements and bug fixes are included in this release. The SDK is tested against the OpenGL ES library from Hybrid Graphics (Rasteroid 3.1), Imagination Technologies (PowerVR) and Nokia (OpenGL ES 1.1 Plugin). For OpenKODE, the Acrodea SDK is used and tested.
Tom Hume over at www.tomhume.org has done a quick round up of comments from some major players in the Mobile phone market. Here are a couple of out-takes. Oscar Clark, nVidia: "OpenKODE is important because it lets you do source portability. Java was supposed to do this, but hasn't delivered the full power of it." Bill Pinnell, Product Manager, Graphics & Gaming, Symbian: Khronos API allows hardware manufacturers to target a single platform as well as software developers. Read the complete round up.
Aplix a global leader in Java™ technology for mobile and embedded devices and SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp a major Japanese wireless communication operator, recently announced their agreement to co-develop a common software platform named “Portable Open Platform Initiative” (POP-i™), which will allow value-added applications to run consistently upon multiple mobile platforms being adopted by handset manufacturers, including EMP OPA, Linux®, Microsoft® Windows Mobile®, QUALCOMM® AMSS/BREW®, Symbian™ OS.. Aplix has been contributing to SOFTBANK MOBILE’s “POP-i” specification work, and will provide a corresponding framework for SOFTBANK MOBILE’s next-generation mobile multimedia service offerings. Applying OpenKODE®, a key API standard for multimedia applications, “POP-i” provides a cross-platform abstraction layer for various media technologies.
A new 300 page Jon Peddie Research Report on Semiconductor Opportunities in Handheld Market is now available. The report Identifies Sectors for Growth, Predicts Consolidation, Forecasts Trends. Marketing and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research announced the release of its latest 300-page report, Handheld Multimedia Devices 2nd Edition. The report is based on two years of extensive research and identifies opportunities in multimedia for semiconductor, IP, software, sensors and tuner suppliers in handheld devices such as mobile phones. JPR has been studying, lecturing worldwide, and reporting on the handheld market since 2000 and has widely canvassed the companies and individuals in this field to obtain product information, trend data, market sizing and forecasts, and competitive issues for the current report.