Leading Mobile Telephone Operator SK Telecom Joins Khronos Group as Promoter Member

ChipWrights, Epson, InterGrafx, SiS, ST Microelectronics, Sunplus,
Tao Group and Xi Graphics join as Khronos Contributing Members

July 22, 2003 – SIGGRAPH, San Diego, California—The Khronos Group today announced that SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) has joined Khronos as a Promoter Member.  The Khronos Group is an industry consortium focused on the development and deployment of OpenGL ES™ and OpenML™; royalty-free, open standard APIs that enable authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  As the leading mobile telephone operator in South Korea, the time line of SK Telecom serves as a landmark in the history of Korean information and communication, including a successful launch of the first commercial CDMA cellular phone service in January 1996. www.sktelecom.com/english/

Today the Khronos Group also announced that ChipWrights, Epson, InterGrafx, Sis, ST Microelectronics, Sunplus, Tao Group and Xi Graphics have joined as Contributing Members and will participate in specification development activities.  These new members will further the momentum of both OpenGL ES which defines subset profiles of OpenGL® and brings advanced 3D graphics to a wide range of embedded systems, and OpenML 1.0 which enables developers to easily integrate video, audio and graphics capabilities into their application suites.  All Khronos Promoter and Contributor 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 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts. 

“SK Telecom is a pioneer in advanced mobile telecommunication technologies and we have selected OpenGL ES as our standard graphics API for 3D handheld applications,” said xxxxxxx, xxxxxxx CTO/VP of xxxxx at SK Telecom.  “We will work within Khronos to ensure that OpenGL ES 1.0 is rapidly deployed to create new market opportunities for us and the greater cell phone industry, and to ensure that future versions of the specification continue to meet the rapidly evolving needs of advanced handsets with accelerated graphics.”

“Widespread industry acceptance is vital to the success of any standard, and the continuing growth in Khronos membership bodes very well for the rapid deployment of OpenGL ES,” said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs, secretary of the Khronos Group and chairman of the OpenGL ES Working Group.  “It is very beneficial that our new membership includes key participants from all stages of the mobile graphics landscape, and we are particularly glad to welcome our first mobile telephone operator Member SK Telecom; a ground-breaking company that already supports advanced cell-phone services.”

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Epson Corporation is a global leader in high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness and energy efficiency;.  www.epson.com

InterGrafx, Inc., offers 3D imaging applications and extensions for Java and other software environments on mobile devices and delivers technologies for multimedia app and content developers.  www.intergrafx.com

Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) is a leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of leading-edge logic products, including core logic, connectivity, and information appliance.  www.sis.com.

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Sunplus Technology Company Limited, is a fabless IC design company devoted to consumer applications, using audio/video, micro-processor and digital signal processor technologies. www.sunplus.com.tw

Tao Group is an IP generator and SW organization, specializing in home and mobile networks and has developed a binary portable, language independent, multimedia platform.  http://tao-group.com

Xi Graphics, Inc. specializes in high-performance, premium quality graphics software to support graphics hardware on computer platforms running Linux/UNIX® systems, and occasionally other OSx.  www.xig.com

Khronos Group Speaking Sessions and Demos at SIGGRAPH
The Khronos Group invites you to attend their speaking sessions at SIGGRAPH tradeshow in San Diego.  Hear Khronos Members speak on the state of each API’s development; come for Q&A and to discuss plans for the future.  Descriptions of session content available at: http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html. 

Tuesday July 29, 2003
San Diego Clarion Hotel Bay View - Grand Ballroom
OpenML: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
OpenGL ES: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

You may also visit the Khronos Booth #3535 to pick up a copy of the download instructions for the OpenML Linux/IRIX SDK and the OpenGL ES 1.0 Specification, and to see a showcase of OpenGL ES technology demos by Member companies Bitboys , Hybrid Graphics, Mitsubishi, Motorola , Nokia , Symbian, and TI, and see OpenML technology demos by Member RealVision and OpenML Adopter Jahshaka.

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