Ars Technica has a three part series exploring major trends that will influence the mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC ) market over the next five to ten years. Including CPU to SoC and covering most of the large players in the field, this is a great read to get your Friday off to a good start.
The PowerVR G6100 is the latest addition to the highly efficient Series6 family of graphics IP cores, making it the smallest member of the "Rogue" area-optimized GPUs to date. A single core, single cluster GPU, it will enable mass-market adoption of OpenGL ES 3.0 on a wide range of computing platforms. Products supporting the latest APIs from Khronos will become a significant and growing part of a billion unit market by 2014. PowerVR Series6 is one of the first GPU architectures to achieve full conformance for OpenGL ES 3.0. Launched at MWC in Barcelona, the PowerVR G6100 is the smallest and most efficient GPU available on the market that can handle both graphics APIs like OpenGL ES 3.0 and DirectX9 Level 3 as well as GPU compute applications accelerated through OpenCL, Renderscript Compute or Filterscript.
On February 13, 2013, Qualcomm mobile processors were one of the first to receive certification by the Khronos Group for conformance with the OpenGL ES 3.0 specifications. This is the latest version of the most widely used high-level, cross-platform graphics API for games and sophisticated graphics programming. Upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 600 and 800 processors with the latest industry leading Adreno™ 300 series GPUs will support OpenGL ES 3.0.
Intel HD 2500/4000 graphics on "Ivy Bridge" processors now officially support OpenGL ES 3.0 per the Khronos specification. Intel received early word that their conformance results have been certified.
Among graphics enthusiasts there is a certain amount of debate on what API/version of something to use with a bunch of hotly contested alternatives. Florian Boesch, self proclaimed tinkerer of 3d things has written a convincing article on why you should give WebGL a try.
Imagination Technologies announces that it is among the first to submit PowerVR Series6 ‘Rogue’ drivers for OpenGL ES 3.0 conformance with Khronos. Designed for the latest APIs, including OpenGL ES 3.0, PowerVR Series6 is already shipping in end user product. Product is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found online.
The OpenGL ES Working Group is pleased to announce the launch of the OpenGL ES 3.0 Adopter program. OpenGL ES implementers that join the program get access to the OpenGL ES 3.0 conformance test, and are able to submit their products for OpenGL ES 3.0 conformance certification. The OpenGL ES 3.0 conformance test is the result of the largest software development project Khronos has ever undertaken. It is a revised and expanded version of the OpenGL ES 2.0 conformance test, with hundreds of subtests directed at the new features of OpenGL ES 3.0. Conformance certification is the mark of a high-quality implementation, and offers a high level of application portability. More information about the OpenGL ES 3.0 Adopter program can be found in the Adopters’ Agreement and the Khronos Conformance Test Process document.
Vivante Corporation announced another major milestone in its leading multi-core GPU IP family: The world's tiniest GPU core designed to support the Khronos Group's OpenGL ES 3.0 API based on the GC880 IP leveraging the same ScalarMorphic technology of Vivante's industry leading multi-core ultra-threaded GPU cores. This core is in mass production powering multiple customer silicon products used in mobile, automotive, IPTV, and other embedded and Internet enabled devices. Product is based on a published Khronos OpenGL ES 3.0 Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process.
If you happen to be an educator going to SIGGRAPH Asia this year, then you are in for a treat. The Khronos Group announces their first-ever KITE event geared towards educators. While our DevU events in the past have been successful at helping developers get familiar with our APIs, at this years DevU for Educators, the goal will be to provide you with the insight and understanding you need in order to include Khronos technologies in your teaching curriculum. Including this cutting-edge material in your classes will give your graduating students an edge – the same skills and proficiencies the industry's recruiters are looking for in new engineers. All the details are available on the Khronos event page.
The new Dynamics in SoC, GPU, and IP markets report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) covers mobile GPU market and the major devices in which such components are used. An executive report is available along with a table of contents online.