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Symbian brings big screen effects and broadband to consumers’ pockets with ScreenPlay and FreeWay

Symbian announced today New Symbian technologies to shape the future of converged mobile devices and service. Symbian Limited, developer and licensor of Symbian OS™, the market-leading operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones known as smartphones, today announced two ground-breaking technologies, ScreenPlay and FreeWay, to power the future of mobile computing. The newly announced technologies offer dramatic enhancements in the vital areas of graphics and connectivity, which are essential in driving the growth and reach of smartphones. "Consumers are expecting more intuitive, more informative and more entertaining graphics experiences on their phones. Symbian is heavily involved with Khronos to help create and promote open standards for mobile graphics and media. By supporting open standard APIs, Symbian has ensured that ScreenPlay will receive strong industry support," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group.

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N-Sided releases new COLLADA Export plug-in for QUIDAM

N-Sided wanted QUIDAM creations to be to be exportable in COLLADA, so they released a plugin to do just that. COLLADA is the best bridge for several major applications such as Softimage XSI and Blender already. The COLLADA export plug-in completes a wide range of already existing QUIDAM exports. Characters can now be exported in COLLADA at the resolution of your choice. All exports are ready to be animated, with textures, bones and skinning weights from low poly count to highly detailed meshes.

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Horde3D Physics Library Integration

The Horde3D Physics Library Integration project has a small library connecting Bullet Physics Engine to the Horde3D Graphics Engine. A small sample application and example are included with the source code. The source also contains patch for the Horde3D Engine version 0.11 COLLADA Converter allowing usage of basic features of the COLLADA Physics extension.

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Azteq Mobile Game Service Solution Offers Compelling Gaming Experience with OpenGL ES 2.0

Azteq Mobile revealed the availability of its end-to-end gaming solutions for mobile users. For mobile device OEMs, AZTEQ has developed a fully integrated game execution client, gameztaQTM, that integrates components such as a 3D game engine, 3D sound engine, a security agent and OpenGL® ES 2.0-based embedded graphics library.

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ArcSoft solution offers an OpenMAX IL interface in NXP’s Nexperia cellular 5210 family

ArcSoft, Inc. recently announced that ArcSoft TotalMedia(TM) Mobile multimedia software applications have been integrated in NXP's Nexperia cellular system solution 5210 family for 2.5G/2.75G cellular feature phones. The ArcSoft TotalMedia(TM) Mobile software applications are pre-integrated in the 5210 family. Providing an OpenMax IL interface, the ArcSoft solution includes a media organizer, photo album and viewer, camera and camcorder, photo and video editor, and streaming-capable multimedia player.

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Jon Peddie Research presents The History of 3D in Computers

Jon Peddie Research has posted an online poster of The History of 3D in Computers. From gigantic wonders of the world to handleheld supercomputers--Movies and Games feature better and better graphics, while devices become smaller and smaller. A great time line presentation of the progress of 3D from the 1949 MIT SAGE air defense system to the present Nokia N95, the first mobile device with 3D shader hardware.

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Symbian plans multimedia standards and bearer mobility with Khronos API’s

Symbian, the consortium that develops the mobile operating system of the same name, plans to add in APIs for multimedia applications, a bearer mobility capability and technology for greater code density on ARM processors to the OS over the next 18 months. Two of the multimedia APIs come from the Khronos Group, OpenSL ES and OpenMAX IL, said Andy Moran, head of enterprise at the London-based company. Symbian intends to implement OpenGL ES, another Khronos Group API for full-function 2D and 3D graphics, enabling mobile TV, videoclips on a phone and so on.

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Khronos Group Releases OpenMAX AL 1.0 and OpenSL ES 1.0 Specifications for Embedded Media and Audio Processing

The Khronos™ Group has publicly released provisional versions of the OpenMAX™ AL 1.0 and OpenSL ES™ 1.0 specifications to enable widespread developer feedback and rapid industry implementation of these new standards that are designed to bring portable, state-of-the-art audio, video and image acceleration to mobile handsets and embedded devices. Both specifications are expected to be finalized by mid-2008. Read the press release.

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Khronos presents Mobile and Embedded Graphics at ARM Developers Conference 07

Khronos is pleased to present Mobile and Embedded Graphics at ARM Developers' Conference 2007 on October 4th. The Mobile and Embedded Graphics event at The ARM Developers’ Conference & Design Pavilion is a great, free, opportunity to get the latest information on the fast growing area of embedded graphics. Discover how 3D hardware fits into the SoC realm, what implementations are available for systems integrators today, and the benefits of having graphics in end user devices, including what sort of applications are now possible. Attendance is free, but you are required to RSVP. For more information, please visit our event page.

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Mentor Graphics Introduces Multimedia Solution for Nucleus OS and Inflexion Platform

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the launch of the Inflexion Platform ™ Multimedia Feature Pack for Nucleus® OS, a new paradigm for manufacturers of mass market consumer electronic devices to bring advanced audio and video capabilities to their products. To ensure maximum interoperability, Inflexion Platform Multimedia Feature Pack implements the new OpenMAX™ industry standard API. This means that any OpenMAX-compliant multimedia component -- including audio and video codecs -- can be integrated with minimal effort, including those which take advantage of accelerated graphics hardware. “OpenMAX has wide industry support, enabling the rapid and flexible deployment of streaming media acceleration on a wide range of silicon platforms and operating systems,” commented Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group. “Mentor Graphics’ announcement today is truly significant as it enables embedded developers to take advantage of the full power of OpenMAX across the wide range of embedded platforms that use Nucleus OS.”

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