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Mobile Media Developer podcast #3 - OpenGL ES 2.0: Shaders Go Mobile

Episode #3 in the Khronos Mobile Media Developer podcast series focuses on OpenGL ES 2.0 - programmable 3D shaders for mobile devices. OpenGL ES 2.0 introduces the majority of the functionality used by today's desktop games but with a streamlined API for the embedded space. This audio or video podcast from the 2006 Game Developers Conference, reviews in detail what has changed in OpenGL ES 2.0 and what the changes mean for mobile game development.

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Aplix and NVIDIA partner to offer OpenGL ES-accelerated Java mobile graphics

Aplix will integrate its JBlend Java platform with NVIDIA's GoForce handheld GPUs and JSR solutions from Hybrid and third-party partners to provide optimal Java and graphics performance for mobile devices. NVIDIA will distribute this complete Java graphics solution to its network of mobile content developers, and both companies will promote the jointly developed package to OEM customers. The cooperative agreement covers M3G - Mobile 3D Graphics API for J2ME (JSR 184), Java bindings to OpenGL ES (JSR 239) and Java bindings to SVG for scalable vector graphics (JSR 226).

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IMGA mobile game awards finalists announced

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the 25 games that have been shortlisted to enter into the next stage of the competition. Five games from each of the following categories were selected: the Best Interactive Experience Award, the Best Use of Connectivity, the Excellence in 3D Award, the Most Innovative Game Award and the Best Use of Flash Award.

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3DLABS DMS-02 media processor to support OpenGL ES

The new DMS-02 processor from 3DLABS incorporates dual ARM 926EJ cores, multi-level caches, three bi-directional video stream ports, 32 or 64-bit mobile memory for up to 1.6 GBytes/s bandwidth along with many peripheral interfaces. It is OS independent with the first SDK supporting embedded Linux 2.6. The processor supports a number of codecs and APIs, including H.264, MP3, AAC, JPEG and OpenGL ES, and may be used in handhelds, navigation systems, video conferencing, in-car entertainment, video surveillance and cell phones.

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Anark Studio 4.0 3D authoring and visualization software adds support for COLLADA

Anark Studio is a Windows rapid application authoring tool for creating interactive 3D content. The new v4.0 adds enhanced speed and memory management, improved workflow, optimized play-back and visual enhancements, and import of Max and Maya animations via integrated COLLADA 1.4.1 support.

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Mobile Media Developer podcast #2: OpenSL ES

Episode #2 in the Khronos Mobile Media Developer podcast series focuses on OpenSL ES - a cross-platform foundation for audio on mobile devices with support for interactive sound for games, streaming audio, music mixers and ringtones. OpenSL ES addresses the current industry problem of a bewildering variety of proprietary audio APIs in the mobile space. Games or music applications have to either write to the lowest common demonitor (which is very low) or lose portability between devices. OpenSL ES offers a cross-platform, common API, with support for current standards built in. In addition it provides standardized access to advanced audio functionality, as well as hardware accelerated support for higher-level audio APIs such as OpenAL.

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Softimage Asia Tour 2006 to feature COLLADA

Softimage will be demonstating SOFTIMAGE|XSI and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT v.1.5 in Seoul (Dec 5th, 2006) , Shanghai (Dec 8th, 2006) and Tokyo Dec 12th, 2006). AMD will be discussing workstations tailored to the CG market. COLLADA will be shown as a way to offer interoperability and improved collaboration among teams in mixed-software studio environment, allowing Softimage artists and technical directors to create and work easily in next-generation game development pipeline.

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Khronos keynote presentation from Korea Games Conference 2006

The keynote presentation from the Korea Games Conference covers each of the Khronos mobile APIs and how they can integrate together through OpenKODE. OpenKODE provides foundation-level acceleration for advanced user interfaces and media applications that mix multiple media types.

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MeshLab v0.8 3D mesh processors adds support for COLLADA

MeshLab is an open source portable and extensible mesh processing system for processing and rendering of large unstructured 3D triangular meshes (typical 3D scanning meshes). It provides a set of tools for cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of large unstructured meshes. The new v0.8 adds support for COLLADA read and write, new filters, and new OpenGL API shaders.

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HLSL2GLSL ready to convert HLSL shaders to OpenGL ES Shading Language shaders

HLSL2GLSL is an open source tool that translates DirectX 9 HLSL shaders into the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL). The new v0.9 has been released with many options that will support shaders that are compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0 (OpenGL ES 2.0 implementations are on track for release in early 2007). Specifically, HLSL2GLSL can generate shaders that use only user attributes and user varyings (required by OpenGL ES Shading Language v1.00). In addition, it can prepend a default precision qualifier as required by ES v1.00 for fragment shaders.

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