Opera grows support for open standards, joins the Khronos Group as a contributing member

Oslo, Norway — May 29, 2009

Opera Software today announced that it has joined the Khronos Group to support the evolution of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of 3D graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Opera has a long history in supporting open standards on the Web and joining Khronos is another big step in that directioan.

Opera will specifically be involved in an initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for bringing accelerated 3D graphics to the Web. This will provide a way to bring dynamic 3D content to everyone’s Web browser. Members of the Khronos Group are building the only existing cross-platform hardware acceleration API (application programming interface).

“Although there is a very limited use of 3D graphics on the Web today, we are not far from the day when it will become very popular,” said Tim Johansson, lead (core) graphics developer at Opera Software. “Opera has had an interest in 3D in Web applications for a long time and joining the Khronos Group in writing a specification for 3D on the Web is the next logical step. Opera looks forward to sharing its expertise in graphics and Web development through this initiative.”

The Khronos Group is an industry consortium of over 100 leading companies creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Khronos standards include

OpenGL, OpenGL ES and OpenCL

“We warmly welcome Opera as a valued new member of the Khronos Group and their participation in the 3D Web working group,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group. “Opera’s membership will further our mission to bring open, general purpose 3D capabilities to Web developers and browsers everywhere. Enabling key browser developers to work side-by-side with GPU vendors and system OEMs will result in creating cutting-edge 3D Web solutions with real relevance in the marketplace.

About Khronos Group

Founded in January 2000, the Khronos Group is an open, member-funded consortium committed to developing royalty-free standards which enables all members to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, vote at various stages before public deployment, and to the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

Khronos is trademark of the Khronos Group Inc. OpenCL™ is a trademark of Apple Inc., OpenGL® is a registered trademark and OpenGL ES is a trademark of SGI used under license by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.

Vivante GPU IP Chosen By Leading Mobile Multimedia SoC Provider

SUNNYVALE, CA, May 22, 2009–Vivante Corporation announced today that a Taiwanese developer of high quality multimedia chipsets for mobile applications and a trusted supplier to global first-tier handset makers has added silicon proven Vivante scalable 2D and 3D graphics solutions to their system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Combining remarkably small die size with outstanding performance and image quality, the Vivante graphics solution was the clear choice for distinguishing in a visual way these highly integrated mobile chipsets in the marketplace.

Vivante GPU IP technology enables OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG graphics hardware acceleration in customer SoCs targeting low power computing for consumer applications like personal multimedia, entertainment, and portable navigation, where the user’s visual experience makes the difference.

“As silicon area savings and performance delivered per milliwatt have become critical factors in selecting a GPU, we have seen rapid market adoption of our Khronos-compliant GPU cores,” observed Wei-Jin Dai, President and CEO of Vivante Corporation. “Each of our silicon proven GPU cores leads in its category with the best performance per square millimeter, giving our SoC customers the ability to differentiate their platforms with fast, high quality on-screen displays, graphical user interfaces and handheld games.”

About Vivante Corporation

Vivante Corporation is an embedded graphics technology leader, licensing its Mobile Visual Reality and HD Visual Reality IP to semiconductor solution providers that serve the embedded mobile, high definition home entertainment, image processing, and automotive display and entertainment markets. The Vivante ScalarMorphicTM architecture brings a PC-quality visual experience to embedded systems. Vivante GPUs produce the highest performance per square millimeter in half the final silicon area compared to other licensable GPU cores. Vivante delivers silicon proven, low power, high performance graphics conformant with the OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG API standards. Vivante GPU IP also fully supports the Android platform. The Vivante development environment is used by a worldwide network of application developers and ecosystem partners. Vivante is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with an R&D center in Shanghai, China.


Incoras Solutions announces MediaDesigner The Total Solution for OpenMAX IL Development

Dublin, Ireland, May 19, 2009 ⎯ Incoras Solutions Ltd today announced the full release of MediaDesigner version 1.2, Eclipse-based design and test workbench that dramatically reduces time-to-market, costs and risks in the development of multi-media products using the Khronos OpenMAX IL standard.  As a contributing member of Khronos, Incoras Solutions has used its in-depth knowledge of the OpenMAX IL standard to develop a leading edge design tool that addresses a niche in the multi-media market.

“Khronos defines open, royalty-free standards that are gaining widespread adoption across the industry and are enabling developers to accelerate rich media applications on multiple platforms,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group.  “Tools are critical in a standards ecosystem and so I am delighted that Incoras is announcing full support for OpenMAX IL in the MediaDesigner workbench.  With its ability to automatically generate and test OpenMAX IL component interfaces, MediaDesigner offers an easy way to leverage the power of the OpenMAX IL standard for both existing users and newcomers alike.”

“We are excited to offer MediaDesigner support for the OpenMAX IL standard,” said Dave Murray, CEO of Incoras Solutions. “The high level of complexity of today’s media-rich mobile platforms demands a comprehensive set of cross-platform open standards, coupled with intelligent tool support. OpenMAX IL and the MediaDesigner workbench offer the ideal combination to address a real and growing need in the market place.

The underlying model-based methodology adopted in MediaDesigner delivers a breakthrough in design efficiency, allowing Silicon vendors, OEMs, OS vendors and 3rd party algorithm suppliers to rapidly create OpenMAX IL solutions and speed through the Khronos adoption process. MediaDesigner allows multi-disciplined teams to specify, build, test, demonstrate and deploy OpenMAX components and integrated media applications in an intuitive, coordinated & consistent manner. Already proven with a range of OpenMAX IL enabled platforms, MediaDesigner’s plug & play methodology yields huge savings in design and test time, while improving product quality, consistency and re-use.

“Looking beyond today’s solutions, MediaDesigner for OpenMAX IL clearly paves the way for ongoing innovation in the mobile space. Ultimately the MediaDesigner philosophy is about delivering smart Software Design Kits to all stakeholders, so communities of developers can innovate on the most complex mobile devices, creating the most compelling media-rich user experience.”

For the many organizations that have already made the strategic decision to build solutions based upon OpenMAX IL, MediaDesigner offers the ideal team-based design environment for rapid results. For vendors considering adopting OpenMAX IL, MediaDesigner is the ideal starting point.

About Incoras Solutions
Incoras Solutions is an independent software tools vendor and embedded systems consultancy with its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Incoras has extensive experience in embedded multi-media software design and the development and supply of advanced design tools. More information can be found at www.incoras.com

About Khronos and OpenMAX
The Khronos Group was founded in January 2000 by a number of leading media-centric companies, including 3Dlabs, ATI, Discreet, Evans & Sutherland, Intel, NVIDIA, SGI and Sun Microsystems, dedicated to creating open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of rich media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Today, The Khronos Group is a member-funded consortium focused on the creation of royalty-free open standards for parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.

OpenMAX™ is a royalty-free, cross-platform API that provides comprehensive streaming media codec and application portability by enabling accelerated multimedia components to be developed, integrated and programmed across multiple operating systems and silicon platforms. The OpenMAX API will be shipped with processors to enable library and codec implementers to rapidly and effectively make use of the full acceleration potential of new silicon - regardless of the underlying hardware architecture.

For further information visit www.khronos.org


MediaDesigner is available for license through Incoras Solutions Ltd. OpenMAX IL specification and conformance tests are available from Khronos.org. MediaDesigner™ is a trademark of Incoras Solutions Ltd. All other standards, product or service names are the property of their respective holders. Khronos and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.