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AMD embraces open source with GPUOpen support for OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulkan

AMD has announce it will start rolling out in January an open source set of tools called GPUOpen. The "All Open" stack will contain open source modules for two parallel stacks, each containing modules for OpenGL graphics, motion video codecs, and OpenCL GPU computation. The "Professional/Gamer" stack will include the open source motion-video module and a closed source OpenGL module. Its final OpenCL module will support both OpenCL and Vulkan. Linux will gain access to a full open source, high-performance driver stack, with the only constraint being that developers must use Vulkan instead of the older OpenGL.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 with OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 2.0 support

Qualcomm officially unveiled its latest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820. According to Engadget the new Snapdragon is equipped with an Adreno 530 GPU which is around 40 percent faster than the 810's graphics. The Snapdragon 820 supports both OpenGL ES up to 3.1 and OpenCL 2.0.

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Synopsys DesignWare EV Family of Vision Processors supports OpenVX

The DesignWare® EV Family of vision processors consists of fully programmable and configurable IP cores that have been optimized for embedded vision applications, combining the flexibility of software solutions with the low cost and low power consumption of dedicated hardware. To speed application software development, the EV Processor Family is supported by a comprehensive software programming environment based on existing and emerging embedded vision standards including OpenCV and OpenVX, as well as Synopsys’ ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit.

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New ARM Mali-470 GPU supports OpenGL ES 2.0

ARM announced a new GPU from the same family as Mali-400 that uses only half as much power. The new GPU, the Mali-470, is targeted at next-generation wearables and IoT devices that need low-cost and low-power chips. The new Mali-470 comes with support for the ubiquitous OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics API. According to ARM, it brings a strong balance between pixel control and energy efficiency, which makes it well-suited for user interfaces. Users aren't likely to play 3D games on their smartwatches any time soon, so OpenGL ES 3.0 and beyond shouldn't be necessary. (By the time it is, the more efficient Vulkan should be the de facto graphics API.)

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Vivante OpenVX VIP to power surveillance camera and automotive applications

Vivante Corporation announces the immediate availability of the VIP7000 family of Vision Image Processor IP cores. The VIP7000 has been designed into a range of products from a mass market IoT surveillance client SoC to an automotive imaging application. Vivante’s VIP family was one of the first to pass the OpenVX conformance test. The industry is rapidly adopting OpenVX as a standard API for vision programming. OpenVX and OpenCL are important API standards helping to expand the computer vision ecosystem and are a key component in the VIP product family.

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Renesas ADAS Starter Kit accelerates vision-based ADAS application development with OpenGL ES

Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the ADAS Starter Kit based on Renesas’ high-end R-Car H2 System on Chip (SoC) and developed to help simplify and speed the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. The new ADAS Starter Kit is capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS and provides state-of-the-art 3D graphics capabilities and powerful vision processing cores. The R-Car H2 is powered by the ARM Cortex A-15 quad-core configuration running an additional ARM Cortex A-7 quad-core. It also features the Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 G6400 GPU which supports both OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0.

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AMD announces FirePro S9170 Server GPU with support for OpenCL 2.0

AMD announced the new AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU, the first 32GB single-GPU server card for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads, with support for OpenCL 2.0.

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AMD releases Catalyst 15.7 Linux driver with Multi-Device support for OpenCL 2.0

AMD has released the Catalyst 15.7 driver for Linux. Included in the change log AMD has listed Multi-Device support for OpenCL 2.0. Among the resolved issues is a fix for segmentation faults observed while launching some OpenGL games in RHEL7.1.

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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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