Tom's Hardware has a nice review on mobile GPUs getting ready for 'Daydream' VR. Among the technologies being used are Khronos' ASTC specification and OpenGL ES. The Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) technology supported by ARM’s latest Mali and other recent GPUs on the market will reduce bandwidth requirements while still delivering decent graphics quality. On the software side, ARM has been optimizing its drivers to reduce latency and ensure fast context switching that is necessary for VR. ARM also enabled a few more OpenGL ES extensions to support efficient rendering to multiple views for both stereo and foveated rendering. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, which comes with the Adreno 530 GPU, has been optimized for VR. It has support for 3D stereoscopic and foveated rendering, the latest graphics APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan, and 360-degree 4k video decoding at 60fps.
Doom will receive support for Vulkan, and id Software’s showcase illustrated the GTX 1080 working in tandem with the technology. id Software was one of the first developers to support OpenGL, and it intends to follow that trend with Vulkan.
Intel has released graphics drivers that support the Vulkan 1.0 API for chips running Windows 7, 8 and 10 PCs. The drivers add new beta support for the Vulkan 1.0 API for 6th Generation Intel Core and related processors.
AMD announced the latest update for Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3. The driver offers support for the Vulkan API.
Graphics researchers at Samsung Electronics UK have teamed up with mobile graphics specialists Codeplay, Think Silicon and TU Berlin to develop a tool for enabling smartphone batteries to last longer while running advanced video games and using the camera. "Low-power GPU2" (LPGPU2) is a EU-funded research project into low powered graphics devices. It is the work of a specially formed consortium of three companies and one university, all from across the EU, who are collaborating to deliver advances in tools and applications for energy efficient use of mobile GPUs.
Valve has made the SDK for its Steam Link streaming device available for download through GitHub. The Linux-based SDK allows for the creation of native Link applications, and even features OpenGL ES 2, Qt 5.4, and SDL 2 support.
The NVIDIA developer blog has a great article highlighting some of the benefits of Vulkan. A short but worthwhile read for any OpenGL and Vulkan enthusiast. "In this post we want to look at the basic operations that normally happen in a rendering frame and which API mechanisms are used."
Digital Media Professionals Inc announced that it has licensed the DMP GPU core, SMAPH-F, to Renesas Electronics Corporation, for its SoCs (system-on-chips) for office appliances. The DMP SMAPH-F is 2D Vector graphics IP core which is differentiated by its robust conformance to Khronos Group standards OpenVG and by its remarkably small silicon foot print which enables DMP licensees to maximize graphics performance delivered per square millimeter of silicon area and per mill watt of system power consumption.
MediaTek aims for 5G by 2020 with inexpensive 5G chip sets running OpenCL on temperature-throttled heterogeneous dark-silicon multi-core CPU/GPUs and specialized accelerators. The Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology and MediaTek Inc. have created an "executive institute" to get ahead at 5G. Called the MediaTek-NTU Research Center, directed by Liang-Gee Chen, an IEEE Fellow and executive vice president of academics and research at National Taiwan University (NTU).
Initial Series7XT Plus GPUs include the GT7200 Plus GPU with 64 ALU cores, and the GT7400 Plus GPU with 128 ALU cores. Both designs retain the full feature set of their Series7XT counterparts with OpenGL ES 3.2 and design for Vulkan support, while introducing a number of new features aimed at vision and heterogeneous computing platforms. A main features of the new GPUs is the introduction of an integer pipeline for vision-related applications and hardware support for the OpenCL 2.0 compute API.