GDC was a beehive of activity with companies madly competing for attention. The Khronos Group was no exception, as they had a large presence this year at GDC. GFXSpeak discusses the changing tide. "The mobile gaming market is growing fast, enabled by smart phones and devices that are getting smarter with every turn of the Moore’s Law crank. The new processors including Nvidia’s Tegra, the Imagination-fueled OMAP processors and Intel’s coming Medfield; Freescale, Marvell, and others all do 3D as a matter of course. There’s a sea change coming in the next 24 months as these new processors enable 3D content." Read the complete article at GFX Speak.
Khronos has posted slide presentations from GDC 2011 online. Included in the DevU presentations are COLLADA, Mobile, OpenCL, OpenVG and WebGL.
Our announcements yesterday about WebGL and COLLADA, were at the very least, significant. Feedback from around the web has been really great, just to name a few:
- cnet discuss' Microsoft and Adobe molehill in WebGL 1.0 is done. Where's Microsoft?
- On the facebook developer blog, you can see WebGL benchmark results from their JSGameBench
- See past and present of 3D on the web with PC Magazine, from VRML to WebGL
- Khronos didn't stop to celebrate WebGL, and pushed on to WebCL says TechConnect Magazine
- ...last but certainly far from least, Learning WebGL does a short take on all the news WebGL specification 1.0 is final — and also, WebCL?
ConceivablyTech posted a good review of the WebGL 1.0 Spec release news and followed it up with their own speculation on WebCL. "Enabled in a browser, WebCL could open an entirely new world for cloud applications at much higher performance levels. Khronos mentioned image and video processing as well as advanced physics for web games that could come alive through WebCL."
The Khronos™ Group today announced that it is making the COLLADA™ 1.4 Conformance Test Suite available free of charge to all developers. COLLADA is an open, XML-based industry standard that enables assets to be freely interchanged between 3D authoring applications which can then be mixed and matched in powerful combinations. The COLLADA test suite is a comprehensive set of over 500 detailed tests and a scripted framework that rigorously exercises applications that import and export COLLADA assets to ensure that they can reliably participate in a COLLADA-based toolchain.
Khronos Releases WebGL 1.0 Specification to Bring Accelerated 3D Graphics to the Web without Plugins
Please visit Khronos at booth #1444 at the Game Developer Conference (GDC), March 2-4, 2011 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to learn more about COLLADA. Khronos is also running a series of developer university sessions on Thursday, March 3rd, in Room 301 in the South Hall:
An innovator in embedded user interface (UI) solutions, Crank Software Inc. has released Storyboard Suite 1.2. Significant updates include added support for OpenGL ES and OpenVG and a Mac OS X version. Storyboard offers a single visual UI development environment allowing for faster throughput and collaboration.
Symbio today announced it has partnered with drawElements to enable next generation high-end graphics in Android and Windows Phone 7 Series smartphones. Symbio will provide services built on top of the recently launched drawElements Quality Program (dEQP) that puts OpenGL ES 2.0 drivers to the test.
Korea Communications Commission announced there are now more mobile phone subscribers than there are people. With 48.8 Million people, South Korea has 50 million subscribers, with roughly 7.4% of those being smart phones, that means 3.67 million smart phones. Other countries are apparently experiencing similar situations of more mobile phones than people. This is great news for the mobile phone and smart phone industry.