Khronos Group Delivers OpenGL ES 
Adopter’s Package & Conformance Tests

Futuremark announces new mobile 3D Benchmark using the OpenGL ES API to provide final component of a three-part mobile 3D gaming infrastructure to rapidly drive market growth; ATI announces industry’s first hardware accelerated graphics processor


January 7, 2004 – CES CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas – The Khronos Group today announced that the OpenGL® ES 1.0 Adopter’s Package and Conformance Testing Program has been ratified by Khronos Promoting Member vote and that Khronos is now accepting OpenGL ES Adopting Members.  The Adopter’s Package contains software and documentation intended to drive rapid evaluation, deployment and acceptance of the OpenGL ES API in embedded markets requiring state-of-the-art 3D graphics: official Conformance Tests for the OpenGL ES 1.0 API; an open source sample implementation of the OpenGL ES API created as a wrapper over a desktop implementation on Windows® and Linux® OS; and an executable copy of Hybrid Graphic’s Gerbera™ solution, supporting an OpenGL ES library for Windows.  Also today in other announcements; Futuremark announced the first wireless industry benchmark development program that features 3D performance and power and an efficiency testing suite based on the OpenGL ES API; with Khronos as a member of that program; additionally, Futuremark became a Contributing member of the Khronos Group.  Also announced today; ATI Technologies, a Promoter Member of the Khronos Group, announced the Imageon™ 2300, a fixed point processor for handheld platforms that is designed to be the industry’s first fully-compliant OpenGL ES graphics accelerator.

Access to the OpenGL ES Adopter Package is available to any interested company by executing the Khronos OpenGL ES 1.0 Adopter’s Agreement.  There is a one-time Adopter Membership fee of $1,500 that is waived for Khronos Promoter or Contributor Members.  The Conformance Testing Program is intended to promote consistent implementations of the API by many vendors across multiple platforms, and to create an objective definition of conformance for the API.  The Adopter’s package defines a peer review Conformance Testing Procedure by which conformant products may use the OpenGL ES trademark, available after paying a Conformance Test submission fee that covers the costs of development and maintenance of the Conformance Program.  Full details of the Adopter’s Agreement, the Adopters Package and the OpenGL ES Conformance Testing Procedure can be found at www.khronos.org/adopters.

“The rapid development of the OpenGL ES 1.0 Adopter’s Package demonstrates Khronos’ effectiveness as industry forum in creating specifications, together with tools and awareness, to drive adoption and the growth of new market opportunities,” said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs, president of the Khronos Group and chairman of the OpenGL ES Working Group.  “The Khronos Conformance Tests will encourage high quality OpenGL ES implementations across multiple platforms, and we strongly encourage ISVs to seek out conformant platforms to minimize their development and porting costs.”

”We’re excited to see the release of the OpenGL ES 1.0 conformance test and procedures,” stated Shawn Underwood, Director of Marketing for visualization at SGI.  “These will ensure application developers can depend on the integrity and robustness of products featuring the OpenGL ES logo.”

“Widespread deployment of the OpenGL ES API is crucial to the emerging mobile content market and so we are pleased to provide a software version of Gerbera for Windows for inclusion in the Khronos Adopter’s Package to enable easy evaluation of this vital API,” says Harri Holopainen, CTO of Hybrid Graphics Ltd.  “Gerbera is a complete, robust and small-footprint solution for rendering OpenGL ES graphics on both software-only and hardware accelerated platforms.  Gerbera is already on the market - with large-scale licensing deals well under way.”

“ATI’s active participation in the Khronos Group has enabled a leadership position in delivering standards-based graphics to the mobile industry, resulting in our announcement of the first OpenGL ES 1.0 product to enter the Khronos Conformance Testing Procedure,” said Azzedine Boubguira, director of marketing at ATI.  “Open standard, cross-platform 3D graphics will be critical to the next generation of handheld devices and we have leveraged our desktop graphics experience to develop Imageon™ 2300 - the first device designed to accelerate OpenGL ES.”

“3DMark is the leading PC-based 3D graphics performance benchmark and we intend to establish the same recognition with a new benchmark for wireless handheld devices,” commented Tero Sarkkinen, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Futuremark.  “We believe that the OpenGL ES API is going to be the standard cross-platform embedded graphics API of choice, and so is the obvious selection for the graphics portion of the benchmark.  We are pleased to announce that Futuremark and Khronos have executed reciprocal Memberships to work together to drive forward the 3D mobile 3D gaming industry.”

About the Khronos Group
The Khronos Group was founded in January 2000 by a number of leading graphics and digital media companies including 3Dlabs, ATI, Discreet, Evans & Sutherland, Intel, SGI and Sun Microsystems to promote the creation and deployment of rich media through the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms & devices.  Go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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Khronos Group Grows Significantly with 
New Members ETRI, Futuremark, NVIDIA, 
Oki, Secret Level, TAKUMI & WOW4M

Press and Developers invited to meet new Khronos Members and see demos of 
OpenGL ES-based products in action at CES Press Conference on January 8th

January 6, 2004 – CES CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas - The Khronos Group is pleased to announce that ETRI, Futuremark, NVIDIA, Oki, Secret Level, TAKUMI and WOW4M have all joined as Contributing Members to work with the fifty other Khronos Group Members to support OpenGL® ES as the standard graphics API for 3D handheld applications.  The Khronos Group is a consortium focused on the development and deployment of royalty-free, open standard APIs that enable authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.

These new members are now enabled to participate in the ongoing development of 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 Members are empowered to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, vote at various stages before public availability, and are therefore able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification and conformance testing drafts.  To inquire about becoming a Khronos Member visit:  www.khronos.org/members/

Invitation to January 7th Demo Sessions and January 8th Press & Developer Conference

January 7th 8:00 AM to 6:00 pm - Digital Games Day, Riviera Hotel
Please visit the Khronos booth to see Member demos and hear Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and Chairman of the OpenGL ES Work Group speak on a panel at 5:40 pm.  (Conference Entrance Fee)

January 8th 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Khronos Conference, Embassy Suites (across from Hard Rock)
Press and Developers are invited to a Conference & “Meet the Members” Reception.  A map of the location is available at http://www.khronos.org/news/releases/ces2004_invite.pdf.  At this conference Khronos and its members will have major new announcements; including new OpenGL–ES based products and the availability of OpenGL ES 1.0 Adoption and Conformance Testing.

Demo descriptions and details on these events may be found at:  http://www.khronos.org/news/events.html


“The Khronos Group welcomes these new members as they join to further the momentum of OpenGL ES for the good of all companies seeking to grow their businesses in the embedded graphics market,” said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs, president of the Khronos Group and chairman of the OpenGL ES Working Group.  “Khronos works hard to keep costs to a minimum and we are proud that these companies can gain all of the advantages of membership for just $3,500 a year.”

New Member Quotes:
ETRI has a long history as a pioneer in technical achievements in Korea, is a leading developer of CDMA technology, and has played a large role in implementing successful mobile telecommunication,” said Kim, Hyun Bin, Vice President of Digital Content Research Division.  “We realize that open standards for mobile graphics will enable a huge boost in the growth of mobile content business, and have joined the Khronos Group to ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of mobile 3D graphics development.”

Futuremark now provides benchmarks, demos and custom solutions for Smartphone development”, said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark Corporation.  “We are excited to join the Khronos Group as interaction with other Khronos members will help to develop our new Smartphone Benchmark into one of the most robust mobile platform test suites available.”

NVIDIA knows that by combining our GoForce media processor with the OpenGL ES API, developers can easily  bring dynamic 3d graphics and multimedia capabilities to a wide variety of appliances and embedded devices in market segments such as PDAs and cell phones,” said Philip Carmack, Vice President, and General Manager of Handheld Products of NVIDIA.

Secret Level believes that the OpenGL ES API is an important technology piece in our work in the video game console industry.  As we continue to work with our partners in the mobile space, it is clear that OpenGL ES technology is equally compelling for creating competitive 3D mobile entertainment,” said Jeremy Gordon, President/CEO of Secret Level.  “It’s our belief that participation in the Khronos group is critical in keeping us on the cutting edge of 3D mobile technology.”

TAKUMI Corporation is very pleased to join the Khronos Group. We have selected the OpenGL ES 1.0 API as our standard graphics API for the entire GSHARK family of products,” said Hiro Nitta, CTO of Engineering Group at TAKUMI.  “We believe that this will enable us to have a more productive relationship with software solution companies resulting in more advanced and attractive 3D applications.”

Other New Member Company Backgrounds:

Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. provides top-quality technologies solutions to its customers through its telecommunications systems, information systems and electronic devices segments.  All are integrated into one effective organization that functions as a collective force to create exciting new products and technologies.  Visit Oki’s global web site at http://www.oki.com/

WOW4M provides mobile 3D content created using their OpenGL ES-based “NF3D” Authoring and Rendering applications. NF3D can be used to create 3D games, applications, screensavers and other 3D content for mobile devices. The NF3D Works authoring package offers immediate and retained mode rendering, a scenegraph, and supporting libraries. The NF3D Render software offers geometry, textures, lighting and pixel operations. http://www.wow4m.com


About the Khronos SIG
The Khronos Group was founded in January 2000 by a number of leading graphics and digital media companies including 3Dlabs, ATI, Discreet, Evans & Sutherland, Intel, SGI and Sun Microsystems to promote the creation and deployment of rich media through the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms & devices.  Go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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