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A Glimpse at OpenGL ES Next

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Khronos discloses the high-level direction for a new version of the OpenGL ES standard for mobile and embedded 3D graphics - to enable roadmap planning by OEMs and developers that are not Khronos members. Details around 'OpenGL ES Next' include:

  • The OpenGL ES Working Group plans to release a new version of OpenGL ES in 2014
  • The main features of the new API will be:
    • Backward compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0
    • Compute shaders, with atomics and image load/store capability
    • Separate shader objects
    • Indirect draw commands
    • Enhanced texturing functionality including texture gather, multisample textures and stencil textures
    • Enhanced shading language functionality
  • For clarification purposes the new API will not include:
    • Tessellation and geometry shaders

We've included a PDF with this information.

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New PowerVR Series6XE GPUs bring OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL to everyone

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At CES 2014, Imagination Technologies announced a new line-up of PowerVR Series6XE Rogue graphics processing (GPU) IP cores targeting cost-sensitive, mass-market applications. The new Series6XE family, including the world’s smallest fully-featured OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL-capable GPU core, are designed to enable high-quality graphics and efficient GPU compute performance for products such as entry-level mobile devices and tablets, as well as wearables and other consumer products including DTVs and set-top boxes, in which silicon area and memory bandwidth are limited, but advanced graphics performance is still desired. -

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Chipmakers helping to give computers a visual cortex

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Samsung, Qualcomm, ARM, Broadcom, and a bunch of other technology companies want your computer to see. To that end, they banded together at the Khronos Group to try to standardize some elements of machine vision technology. It's the kind of thing that could make it easier to write an augmented reality app for a mobile phone or sign-recognition software for an autonomous car, for example, because difficult low-level technology would be taken care of.

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videantis joins Khronos, targets OpenVX

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videantis announced it has joined the Khronos Group to bring support for the OpenVX computer vision acceleration API to its low power, licensable v-MP4000HDX processor architecture. Computer vision is the key technology that drives new applications such as always-on smart mobile cameras, gesture-based interfaces, 3D-sensing games, and automotive driver assistance systems.

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DMP Licenses CogniVue APEX Technology and Partner in Embedded Vision

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Khronos Group members DMP and CogniVue ink important licensing agreement. DMP will be licensing CogniVue's APEX Image Cognition Processing (ICP) technology.

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Mozilla and Goo team up for a holiday competition

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WebGL, Emscripten, asm.js and Web Audio API are a few technologies that ensure that the Web offers the best and most complete platform for gaming possible. To showcase these technologies, Mozilla and Goo Technologies are looking for budding game creators to show us their creative genius. To create your games, you will be using the Goo platform consisting of Goo Engine – a 3D JavaScript gaming engine entirely built on WebGL/HTML5 – and Goo Create – a visual editing tool running on top of the engine. There are three categories and everyone is welcome: Best Amateur Interactive Game Scene, Best Desktop Game and Best Mobile Game.

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CopperCube 4.3 released with Internet Explorer WebGL support

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CopperCube is ideal for creating 3D educational programs, architectural visualizations, military simulations, product configurators, games, e-learning applications and 3D prototypes. The most recent release now offers WebGL support for Internet Explorer 11.

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Altera SDK for OpenCL has made the 2013 EDN Hot 100 list

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The Altera SDK for OpenCL has made the 2013 EDN Hot 100 list in the category of Boards & Development Tools. The EDN 100 highlights the electronics industry’s most significant products of the year based on innovation, significance, usefulness and popularity. For more information visit 2013 EDN Hot 100 or Altera's SDK for OpenCL.

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NORAD will track Santa Claus this year with Bing Maps and WebGL

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NORAD has now switched allegiance and will use Bing Maps, as this year’s site has been developed in partnership with Microsoft's Internet Explorer team. The company has optimised the site for touchscreen devices and is using 3D technology with WebGL to provide a "more realistic-looking version of Santa’s Village and Santa’s trek across the world".

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Khronos Group looking for feedback on OpenVX 1.0 provisional specification

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The Khronos Group has provisionally released OpenVX 1.0, a new standard for computer Vision acceleration (or X-celeration) on hardware (GPU, DSP, FPGA, etc). We need feedback from developers and researchers to understand what changes, if any people would like to see before final specification. Please leave feedback at the Khronos Forums so all the member companies can see it.

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