Khronos Further Expands Membership and Announces New Dates for Developer University Series

Developers and press are invited to meet the new and current members at free technology forums covering all Khronos Media APIs August 2nd at Siggraph 2005, and October 26th at the Austin Game Developers Conference


May 17, 2005 – Clearlake Park, California – The Khronos™ Group is very pleased to announce that Aplix Corporation, Barco, Beatnik, BitFlash, Broadcom, Emuzed, Fraunhofer IIS, MTIS, Packetvideo, Philips Software, Siemens Communications and Skyworks Inc. have become Khronos Contributing Members to participate in the ongoing development and promotion of open, royalty-free embedded media API standards to grow the markets for hardware and software products that enable authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  Also announced today, Silicon Studio has become a Khronos Adopter for OpenGL® ES 1.0, enabling them to test their products for conformance with the OpenGL ES 1.0 specification and use the OpenGL ES logo. 

Press and Developers Invited to Khronos Developer’s University and Siggraph BOFs
Khronos Developer University (DevU) will deliver in-depth technology lectures on the state of Khronos API development on August 2nd at Siggraph 2005 in Los Angeles, and on October 26th at the Austin Game Developers Conference.  Speakers will include: Dr. Jon Peddie of TechWatch; and representatives from Khronos Member companies 3Dlabs, Hybrid Graphics and Qualcomm. Attendance does not require a trade show or conference badge.  Khronos DevU provides free opportunities to learn about Khronos APIs, interact with key industry participants and see demonstrations of new products that use the Khronos APIs.  Khronos DevU has already graduated over 1000 attendees in Helsinki, London, San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo. For more information and to register for DevU please visit http://www.khronos.org/news/events/. 

”Khronos warmly welcomes all our new members, as the broadening participation in our standardization process enables us to be an ever-more effective forum for building market opportunities for the industry,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “It is quite striking how the new membership has a diverse interest in all of the Khronos APIs currently in development; from 2D and 3D graphics and video to safety critical displays.  This diversity helps Khronos accurately build a coherent “big picture” strategy for processing numerous types of media across many embedded markets.”


Barco is an international company that provides visualization and display solutions for niche professional markets,” says Jeff Malacarne, Director of Engineering for BarcoView Command & Control in Duluth, GA.  “In addition to a variety of large screen and workstation-oriented visualization solutions, Barco develops several rugged and embedded products for Avionics and other life-critical applications.  Khronos activities for embedded standardization play a key role in enabling design re-use and accelerating integration for these types of platforms, which have been historically dependent on proprietary interfaces.” www.barco.com

“A key component of Beatnik’s strategy is to help develop specifications for open industry standards and to provide pre-eminent support in our products for these formats and interfaces”, says Jeremy Copp, Chief Sales Officer at Beatnik. “Beatnik’s commitment to standards initiatives and our ability to deliver support for new interfaces to the wireless industry will provide the opportunity for the rapid specification, implementation and rollout of a Khronos OpenMAX MIDI component.” www.beatnik.com

BitFlash is excited to become a participant in the Khronos group”, says Don Liberty, Director of Business Development at BitFlash. “Establishing an open standard for the development of 2D Graphics in the mobile community is something to which BitFlash has long been committed, and being part of this consortium substantiates our long-standing efforts.”

“We expect the standardization of graphics and codec interfaces to increase the speed of adoption of rich multimedia in a range of portable devices, building on the considerable success of OpenGL ES. Broadcom welcomes the work that Khronos has done to date and is pleased to join the organization as a Contributor member to support the development of OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenMAX,” said Dr. Robert Swann, Director of Marketing for Broadcom’s Mobile Multimedia Business Unit.

“The Emuzed highly optimized multimedia applications and technologies build upon internationally agreed standards”, says Dr. Rajesh Srivathsa, Chief Technical Officer at Emuzed, a Flextronics company. “Emuzed multimedia solutions with support for the OpenMAX standard will provide customers with a greater range of interoperable choices, and enable them to bring products to market faster.” www.emuzed.com

“We are glad to contribute to Khronos as Fraunhofer IIS has always been committed to open standards,” says Harald Popp, head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems Department of Fraunhofer IIS.  “As the leading research laboratory in the area of high quality low bit-rate audio coding, we will contribute to the OpenMAX API specifications to grant an easy portability of our audio coding software to various operating systems and to enable easy porting across hardware architectures.” www.iis.fraunhofer.de

MTIS sees Khronos as a opportunity for new business solutions,” says Hwanyong Lee, dean of Research Institutes for MTIS. “Our company has extensive experience in developing software as a partner of major mobile phone makers in Korea. We have the technology and experience to integrate mobile solutions such as Java platform, multimedia and User Interface into mobile phones. MTIS will be developing API’s, accelerating hardware and solutions based on Khronos standards.” www.mtis.co.kr

“As a leading provider of embedded multimedia solutions for mobile phones, PacketVideo supports open standard application programming interfaces such as OpenMAX and OpenGL ES for future mobile multimedia terminals,” says Joel Espelien, PacketVideo vice president of strategy. “PacketVideo is pleased to be a member of Khronos, and expects that OpenMAX media libraries and primitives and Khronos 2D and 3D graphic specifications for embedded solutions will become important for the expansion of the industry.”


Siemens Communications is committed to open standards and will support the efforts to specify the application programming interface in the Khronos Group. Siemens Communications’ has a leading position and expertise in all multimedia related standardization bodies like 3GPP, ITU-T, IMTC, OMA in combination with the product portfolio ranging from wireline networks to mobile multimedia terminals and to services,” says Ivan K. Ivanov, Director of Strategy and Standardization for Siemens Communications. “Siemens is willing to make the bridge between the results of the work in the Khronos Group and the existing wireline and wireless multimedia standards. These open standards are also expected to be promoted through implementation in Siemens Communications’ multimedia product portfolio. www.siemens.com/communications

Skyworks is pleased to join the Khronos Group and promote open industry standards for next generation multimedia services,” says Greg Waters, vice president and general manager of Cellular Systems for Skyworks. “Open multimedia APIs, such as OpenGL-ES and OpenMax, are a key part of Skyworks’ vision, enabling rapid innovation and differentiation for our customers in developing multimedia centric mobile devices, while taking advantage of Skyworks’ innovative GSM/GPRS/EDGE open baseband architecture.”

About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium creating open standard APIs such as OpenGL® ES, OpenMAX™, OpenML™ and OpenVG™, to enable the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices, including 3D graphics on mobile phones.  Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, vote at various stages before public release, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications by having early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

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