Khronos Group Releases OpenSL ES 1.0 Specification for Portable Mobile and Embedded Audio Processing
The Khronos™ Group is pleased to announce that it has publicly released the OpenSL ES™ 1.0 specification, a royalty-free, cross-platform C-language API for high-performance, low-latency audio functionality on mobile and embedded devices. The OpenSL ES standard simplifies deployment of hardware and software audio capabilities across any platform or operating system and provides broad audio portability for application developers. The specifications are immediately available for download and may be used royalty-free by implementers and developers. An Adopters Program for OpenSL ES including extensive conformance tests to ensure cross-implementation consistency and trademark usage by conformant implementations will be released by Khronos during April 2009.
The Khronos™ Group announced it has publicly released the OpenGL® 3.1 specification that modernizes and streamlines the cross-platform, royalty-free API for 3D graphics. OpenGL 3.1 includes GLSL™ 1.40, a new version of the OpenGL shading language, and provides enhanced access to the latest generation of programmable graphics hardware through improved programmability, more efficient vertex processing, expanded texturing functionality and increased buffer management flexibility. OpenGL 3.1 implementations are expected shortly from multiple vendors. The new OpenGL 3.1 specification and more details are available here. The official OpenGL 3.1 feedback thread is available here.
Luxology® LLC announced a new customized COLLADA plug-in for the soon to be announced modo® 401. Introducing a host of new features for exporting from modo and a totally new COLLADA importer, modo 401 users will be able to easily preserve key attributes of their modo creations for file export and round-trip manipulation even in complex 3D pipelines. Luxology will be demonstrating its new COLLADA plug-in at the GDC 2009 Chalk Talk session at the Intel Visual Adrenaline Lounge from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
Khronos is proud to announce the follow highlights in the upcoming Developers Sessions at GDC on March 24th 2009:
Streamlined OpenGL 3.1 Specification Released
Just nine months after OpenGL 3.0; Adds cutting-edge GPU functionality
OpenCL 1.0 Implementations Close to Shipping
Portable heterogeneous parallel computing; Seamless interop visual computing with OpenGL
OpenSL ES 1.0 Released for Cross-Platform Audio Processing
Extensive portable audio functionality; Enhances audio in the Khronos Mobile API Ecosystem
Khronos Launches Initiative for Accelerated 3D on the Web
Open call for industry participation and contributions; Project initiated by Mozilla
A new version of BlenderPocket 2.48a is now available. BlenderPocket is a port of the famous Open Source 3D creation solution Blender dedicated for mobile devices having a touch screen, small amount of memory (RAM), a low speed processor (with no floating point unit) and no graphic unit (no hardware acceleration). It uses OpenGL ES (Rasteroid Implementation not available any more) and is working today on all mobile devices with Windows Mobile 2003 or newer. BlenderPocket has all essential features of Blender including Modeling, Texturing, UV Unwrapping, Animation, Rigging, Nodes, Lightning and Rendering.
The Khronos Group has announced a detailed schedule of the upcoming Developers University session at this years Game Developers Conference 2009. This all day session will teach you about cross-platform APIs for advanced graphics and media acceleration. The Khronos Session will cover four major topics, OpenCL, OpenGL, COLLADA and the Khronos Mobile API Ecosystem:
- OpenGL 3.1 - a streamlining of the OpenGL API that also adds cutting edge acceleration functionality
- OpenCL 1.0 - portable heterogenous parallel computing that works smoothly with OpenGL to open a new world of visual computing opportunities
- OpenSL ES 1.0 - an API for enhanced mobile audio that forms the final piece of the Khronos mobile ecosystem
- Accelerated 3D for the Web - a new initiative spearheaded by Mozilla with Khronos to bring dynamic 3D graphics to web content everywhere.
Graphic Remedy will launch the first official version of gDEBugger Mac at this year's Game Developers Conference, San Francisco, 23-27 March. On Tuesday March 24, gDEBugger Mac will be demonstrated, all day long, in the Khronos Developer University full-day tutorial area. Fully functional trial version of gDEBugger Mac is now available for download. gDEBugger is an OpenGL Debugger and Profiler. It traces application activity on top of the OpenGL API, lets programmers see what is happening within the graphic system implementation to find bugs and optimize OpenGL application performance. gDEBugger Mac brings all of gDEBugger's Debugging and Profiling abilities to the OpenGL Mac OS X developer’s world. gDEBugger now runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.
Imagination Technologies announces further details of the first POWERVR SGX graphics IP core with multi-processor (MP) core support. The technology, henceforth POWERVR SGX543MP, is being delivered to customers in SGXMP2 (two-core) to SGXMP16 (16-core) variants. The cores support Khronos APIs including OpenGL™ ES 2.x, OpenVG™ 1.x and OpenCL™. With the POWERVR SGX543MP family Imagination continues to extend its leadership of the embedded graphics acceleration market with blistering POWERVR solutions which address the rapidly growing demands for high performance graphics in a wide range of consumer electronics segments. Imagination’s graphics IP cores now range from SGX520, the world’s smallest OpenGL™ ES 2.0 mobile core, to SGX543MP16 for high-performance console and computing devices. Some of the innovative technology behind POWERVR SGX543MP is being revealed in a keynote presentation at the 4th annual Multicore Expo.
Khronos has made available the six slide sets from the Multicore Expo 2009 conference in PDF format. All of the slides are available in the Khronos Group Developers Library.
- OpenCL and Mobile Graphics and Media
- Khronos APIs for Automotive Applications
- Khronos Mobile Graphics and Media Ecosystem
- OpenCL as an intermediate language for heterogeneous multi-core programming
- OpenCL the open standard for heterogeneous parallel programming
- An introduction to OpenGL ES
Khronos Group has announced the availability of an OpenCL Quick Reference card in PDF format. This comprehensive 6 page quick reference covers all important aspects of the OpenCL API. You can download your copy of the OpenCL Quick Reference Card today. If you are attending the Game Developers conference this year, Khronos will be handing out a nicely printed version of this reference guide.