From 3GSM to GDC to Mobile Entertainment World… Khronos members weigh in on the latest in mobile and graphic technology 3GSM and GDC: Kathleen Maher of Jon Peddie Research has worked with Khronos to produce an excellent series of nine new podcasts. This is best listened to as a two part series. First, Kathleen interviews Khronos members at 3GSM to find out what was the buzz in Barcelona. Khronos members are the experts behind the tremendously successful Khronos standards for 3D, 2D, video and audio for mobile devices. Kathleen talks with Members about how the new technologies can be used to create applications for mobile phones.
Texas Instruments and Ideaworks3D will extend the capabilities of the OMAP Gaming Platform to support the OpenKODE 1.0 specification, addressing a wider market targeting feature phones to high-end multimedia handsets. To enable developers to address the broadest possible market, the gaming platform now includes TI's OMAP 2 and OMAP-Vox product families. The solution spans both accelerated and non-accelerated 3D graphics solutions using a common development and deployment environment through Ideaworks3D's Airplay software
At 3GSM, NVIDIA demonstrated a prototype implementation of OpenKODE 1.0 (think DirectX for handhelds) showing multi-tasking in a multi-windowed environment; fully accelerated translucent window compositing, and innovative 3D UI widgets with transition effects. A video capture of this demo is available on YouTube. As noted by engaget "the combination definitely impresses, with full 3D games, seemingly high-quality video, and other multimedia capabilities on full display, not to mention a fairly snazzy and customizable interface".
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JBenchmark 239 is a 3D performance benchmark suite for Java Binding for the OpenGL ES API (JSR 239) compatible devices. The new benchmark not only measures Java based OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 application performance, but also lets direct comparison to native OpenGL ES and Java Mobile 3D Graphics (JSR 184) results. As the high performance mobile engines all use OpenGL ES for underlying rendering, these measurements will also help finding bottlenecks in current Java implementations.
The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the 25 games that have been shortlisted to enter into the next stage of the competition. Five games from each of the following categories were selected: the Best Interactive Experience Award, the Best Use of Connectivity, the Excellence in 3D Award, the Most Innovative Game Award and the Best Use of Flash Award.
STMicroelectronics has licensed the ARM Cortex-A8 processor to use with its own Nomadik multimedia applications processors for mobile gaming, video calling and location-based mapping services. The Cortex-A8 supports the OpenMAX standard for accelerated image, audio and video processing.
The latest release of the PowerVR Insider SDK, version 1.9, is the biggest yet. It features over 30 variants supporting a wide range of platforms, from SoC applications processors such as TI’s OMAP2 and Freescale’s iMX31 to consumer products using PowerVR-enabled SoCs such as the Sony Ericcson P990/M600/W950 mobile phones and Dell Axim X51v PDA. A wide range of API and OS are supported too, including OpenGL ES and OpenVG APIs running on Symbian, Linux, and WinCE5. A Beta OpenGL ES 2.0 SDK is available now to lead PowerVR Insider members.
BlenderPocket is an open source, handheld devices port of Blender 3D open-source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering and playback. The new v2.42 is based on the new Blender 2.42 release and runs using the Rasteroid 3 OpenGL ES implementation (using a wrapper for any missing desktop OpenGL functions).
EE Times notes that Apple will be using Nvidia chips in their next Video iPod. Speculation is that this will add 3D graphics functionality. Nvidia's GoForce handheld GPUs support OpenGL ES 1.1 with Pixel Shading Extensions. Nvidia also recently demonstrated OpenMAX MPEG-4 audio and video decoding on the GoForce 3D GPU.
The Inquirer talks about the Nokia93 phone and its support for OpenGL ES 1.1. The conclusion: "I think that we graphics people have to pay much more attention on the handheld market as things are beginning to get mildly exciting."