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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