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25th May 2007 OpenKODE News
SOFTBANK MOBILE adopts OpenKODE graphics standard

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SOFTBANK MOBILE Adopts OpenKODE to Provide Rich Media Acceleration in its New Handset Platform

New POP-i platform provides native application access to OpenKODE APIs

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Use of OpenKODE ensures application portability across multiple handsets

The Khronos (TM) Group announced earlier this week that SOFTBANK MOBILE Corporation has adopted the OpenKODE standard for advanced graphics and media processing in its new Portable Open Platform Initiative (POP-i) platform for mobile phones, also announced today. The POP-i platform will enable native applications to access the full power of the OpenKODE media stack architecture which enables 2D graphics, 3D graphics, video and audio to be accelerated and flexibly combined to unlock the full potential of rich media silicon. The use of OpenKODE will encourage and protect the investment of software developers in the POP-i platform by ensuring application portability across multiple handsets - both now and into the future as new handsets are introduced.

SOFTBANK MOBILE sets stage for innovative content with OpenKODE

"As the open and royalty-free industry standard API, OpenKODE is expected to drive the growth of active community of application and middleware developers for the common platform under development for mobile phones," said Hiroshi Ohta, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Product & Service Development, SOFTBANK MOBILE. "Because of its comprehensive scope of multi-media sources, including 2D/3D graphics, audio and video, OpenKODE can help us setting a stage for innovative, rich content offerings that can fit a new era of mobile multimedia."

Many operating systems & handset platforms will adopt OpenKODE

"The Khronos Group is delighted that SoftBank Mobile has selected the OpenKODE standard to provide the advanced graphics and media capability in the POP-i platform," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and vice president of embedded content at NVIDIA. "We expect that many operating systems and handset software platforms will adopt OpenKODE to provide state-of-the-art media and graphics acceleration, significantly reducing industry fragmentation and enabling a new class of native applications to innovatively mix multiple media types to create compelling user experiences."

About OpenKODE

OpenKODE is a royalty-free, cross-platform standard that combines a set of native APIs into a comprehensive media stack specification for accelerating rich media and graphics applications. OpenKODE aims to make advanced media capabilities consistently available across multiple devices for increased native source portability and reduced mobile platform fragmentation. OpenKODE 1.0 brings together the OpenGL® ES and OpenVG (TM) Khronos media APIs to provide state-of-the-art acceleration for vector 2D and 3D graphics and provides the new OpenKODE Core API that abstracts operating system resources to minimize source changes when porting games and applications between Linux, Brew, Symbian, Windows Mobile, WIPI and RTOS-based platforms. Subsequent versions of OpenKODE will add the OpenSL ES(TM) and OpenMAX(TM) media APIs to provide accelerated video and audio that is fully integrated with graphics processing. More information in OpenKODE can be found at www.khrono

About The Khronos Group

The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standards such as OpenGL®, OpenKODE(TM), OpenGL® ES, OpenMAX(TM), OpenVG(TM), OpenSL ES(TM), OpenML (TM) and COLLADA(TM) to enable the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. More information is available at