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Ice Cream Sandwich SDK for Android

Hot on the heals of Android 4.0, Google released Ice Cream SDK. Bringing a slew of changes and improvements, including TextureView object. Developers can directly integrate OpenGL ES textures as rendering targets in a UI hierarchy, making it easy to embed camera preview, decoded video and OpenGL game scenes.TextureView can be viewed as a more powerful version of the existing SurfaceView object, since it offers the same benefits of access to a GL rendering surface, with the added advantage of having that surface participate fully in the normal view hierarchy. The camera also sees some improvements with the addition of high-performance transformation filters allowing developers to apply rich effects to any image passed as an OpenGL ES 2.0 texture.

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Opera 12 goes into Alpha with WebGL

Opera Software took the hardware acceleration plunge today with the release of its first alpha version of Opera 12, code-named Wahoo. Opera uses hardware for everything its Vega display engine handles--font display, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) effects, Canvas 2D graphics, and WebGL 3D graphics.

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OpenCL News website debuts

The OpenCLNews.com website is a community for professionals in OpenCL and Heterogeneous Computing using Open Standards. The basic charter of the OpenCL News site is to promote awareness of the OpenCL and Heterogeneous Computing using Open Standards) and to engage customers through understanding how they want the APIs to evolve.

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Interactive Music experience in WebGL

Ellie Goulding Lights offers a glimpse into the capabilities of WebGL.

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Grome 3.1 Released

Quad Software announced the release of the version 3.1 of Grome, the game level authoring tool used by professional game developers and companies from 3D simulation industry. This new version brings new tools and enhancement to existing ones, speed and memory management improvements. New extended compatibility is provided with external engines (Unity3D, Unreal Development Kit, OpenSceneGraph) and integration with external modelers (3DS Max, Maya, Blender) is achieved via industry standard COLLADA format. Commercially available for over 4 years, Grome modeler is used for AAA game titles for latest generation consoles and for PC by companies like Ubisoft and Eidos, for mobiles platforms by Gameloft and for professional simulation applications by Boeing and Saab.

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Smith Micro releases Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 with COLLADA support

Smith Micro Software has announced the official release of Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012. New Features include: Subsurface Scattering; Rendering Performance Improvements; Vertex Weight Map Rigging Support; 64-Bit Application and FireFly Render Engine; Vertex Weight Map Editing Tool Suite; and Updated PoserFusion plugins and COLLADA support.

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AMD Set to Deliver Next Generation x86 Platforms for Windows 8 with OpenCL

AMD announced that it has created drivers to enable support for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system on AMD-based tablets, netbooks, PCs and servers. AMD technology offers a compelling platform for the forthcoming Windows 8, with native support for Microsoft DirectX 11, C++ AMP, OpenCL and Accelerated HTML5, as well as planned support of DirectX 11.1 features.

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AMD FirePro SDI-Link / V7900 SDI Graphics Card Enable Ultra-Low Latency in Production Environments

The new AMD FirePro SDI-Link and V7900 SDI Professional Graphics Card address the market for real-time, GPU-accelerated post production and broadcast pipelines requiring Serial Digital Interface (SDI) input and output. AMD FirePro SDI-Link was announced with support from the premier players in the broadcast technology market: AJA, Bluefish444, Blackmagic Design, DELTACAST, DVS and Matrox. "Integrators in the broadcast and real-time video production market can now benefit from the latest advances in GPU acceleration," said Sandeep Gupte, general manager of professional graphics at AMD. Both cards offer extensive support for OpenCL 1.1 and OpenGL 4.2.

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AMD FirePro certified for OpenCL enabled Abacus finite element analysis (FEA) software

AMD announced that the latest FirePro professional graphics cards have been certifed for the OpenCL enabled Abaqus 6.11 finite element analysis (FEA) software. Abaqus, which takes advantage of the OpenCL™ industry standard, is a leading structural and multiphysics analysis solution which is used by a wide range of industries for simulating the lifelike performance of products throughout the design and manufacturing process.

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Improved OpenCL support for the “SuperShaper”

The SuperShaper is a small free tool that let's you explore the Super Formula in real-time. It uses OpenCL1.0 to evaluate the formula and OpenGL3.2 for rendering. For maximum performance OpenCL and OpenGL share buffers if possible. The latest version supports any OpenCL capable device in the system (CPU or GPU).

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