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AMD Radeon R9 Series Graphics Cards to support OpenGL 4.5 and Vulkan

AMD’s Radeon R9 Series Graphics Cards delivers more than 3x the bandwidth per watt over GDDR5 along with a 4096-bit memory interface for incredible new advances in power and efficiency. Optimized performance for next-gen APIs including Vulkan and OpenGL 4.5 and is designed from the ground up to give you everything you need to enjoy the latest games.

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Vivante Introduces Industry’s First Vision IP with OpenVX and OpenCL

Vivante Corporation announces that its GC7000-XS VX is the first vision IP solution to achieve compliance with the OpenVX™ 1.0 specification—a major achievement that comes only seven months after the introduction of OpenVX and emphasizes the cutting-edge technology available in the GC7000-XS product line with the addition of vision acceleration to a core that already has photorealistic 3D rendering capabilities.

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AMD Unveils New 7000 Series APUs with OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.4 support

AMD unveiled their new AMD 7000 Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), AMD Radeon 300 and M300 Series Graphics, and AMD A-Series desktop APU updates. The AMD A-Series Desktop APUs offer Windows 10 readiness including DirectX 12 Multiengine and Multiadapter features. Combined with existing support for AMD FreeSync, AMD Mantle, HSA features heterogeneous queuing (hQ) and heterogeneous uniform memory access (hUMA) as enabled by OpenCL 2.0 applications, and OpenGL 4.4.

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Basemark acquires benchmark business unit from Rightware

Rightware, leading provider of user interface solutions, has on May 1st divested its benchmarking business to Basemark Ltd. Basemark has created an independent and focused testing software powerhouse that is able to serve its numerous corporate customers better than being a part of Rightware. Basemark's patented software technology consists of various SoC, GPU and device testing tools that have become industry standard, such as Basemark ES, Basemark OS and Basemark X. Basemark ES 3.1 is the 4th generation of the popular OpenGL ES benchmark for graphics performance comparisons of OpenGL ES 3.1 enabled devices. Rightware will continue to focus extending its world leading position in automotive HMI solutions.

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Movidius Raises $40 Million in Funding to Accelerate Adoption of Visual Sensing in the IoT

Khronos Group member Movidius continues to scale its R&D team, appointed new members to its Technical Advisory Board, collaborated with new customers and partners, such as Google for its Project Tango device, and launched the next generation of its vision processor for mobile and connected devices. Movidius is one of many Khronos Group members working on the OpenVX API.

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NVIDIA Releases 350.12 Game Ready WHQL Drivers with OpenCL 1.2 Support

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NVIDIA has released driver 350.12, which is both a Game Ready release and their first R349 WHQL release. NVIDIA has also posted a bit more information (PDF) on their OpenCL 1.2 driver. The OpenCL 1.2 drivers are based on the published Khronos Specification and are expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing. OpenCL 1.2 functionality will be available on Kepler and Maxwell GPUs.

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CAD Society announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Peddie

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The CAD Society has awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Peddie of JPR and GraphicSpeak based on his research and publications around 3D graphics technology. The award is given “in recognition of his outstanding lifelong pioneering, consulting, and analysis service dedicated to advancing the underappreciated pixel.” Jon Peddie has been a long time friend and partner of The Khronos Group, and we'd like to congratulate him on this great achievement.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad Flipkart debuts with OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1 and tessellation

Xiaomi introduced its flagship tablet Mi Pad last week. Xiaomi Mi Pad houses the new generation Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Inside, it packs ARM Cortex A15 quad-core chipset which can clock 2.2GHz CPU cycles and is backed by GeForce Kepler (192 cores) graphics engine. It is 1.5 times more energy efficient than other mobile GPUs and supports OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1 and tessellation, says the company. Mi Pad runs on the tweaked Android OS (4.4.4 KitKat) with MIUI v6.0. Unlike other UIs we see in Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG devices, Xiaomi's MIUI has a feature-rich interface and is refreshing. It is more like a hybrid between Android and iOS, yet simple and visually appealing.

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Microsoft achieves compelling Performance-per-Watt in cloud data center acceleration with OpenCL powered FPGAs

Altera Corporation announced Microsoft is using Altera Arria 10 FPGAs to achieve compelling performance-per-Watt in data center acceleration based on CNN (convolutional neural network) algorithms. This performance is achieved using the open software development language known as OpenCL, or VHDL to code the Arria 10 FPGA and its IEEE754 hard floating point DSP (digital signal processing) blocks.

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Intel provides new Integrated OpenCL development experience

OpenCL support at Intel is now going mainstream with a full integration into Intel’s portfolio of software development suites. The Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications features are now integrated into various development tools under the new name of OpenCL Code Builder. The different solutions are tailored to the target development environment: for mobile and PC development, the OpenCL Code Builder is now integrated into Intel Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel INDE); For media server usages, the code builder is now integrated into Intel Media Server Studio. For other usages, a standalone Linux* version of the OpenCL Code Builder is also available. Two major new features are now supported: Commercial OpenCL Linux driver for Intel Processor Graphics is available with Intel Media Server Studio; OpenCL 2.0 support for 5th Generation Intel Core Processors with fine-grained SVM on Intel HD and Iris Graphics is available in Intel INDE.

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