Khronos Group Grows to Over 80 Members

Developers and press are invited to meet members at a free all-day 
Khronos Media API technology forum on March 10, 2005 in San Francisco

March 7, 2005 – San Francisco, California – From the Embedded System Conference & Game Developer Conference: The Khronos™ Group is pleased to announce that Atsana, Hantro, Infineon Technologies, QNX, Quantum3D and Sky Mobilemedia have become Khronos Contributing Members to participate in the ongoing development and promotion of open, royalty-free, embedded media acceleration API standards to enable dynamic media hardware and software markets on a wide variety of platforms from cell phones to games consoles to automobiles and aircraft.  In another related announcement today, Khronos proudly announced that Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has joined the Khronos Group as a Promoting Member.

Press and Developers Invited to Attend Khronos “DevU” Developer’s University.
Khronos member media experts will deliver over 20 in-depth technology lectures on Khronos APIs on Thursday March 10, 2005 from 9:00 am to 8:00 PM, at “Mezzanine” at 444 Jessie Street; just two blocks from the Game Developer and Embedded Systems Conferences at Moscone Center in San Francisco.  The Khronos DevU sessions are completely free, and do not require a trade show or conference badge.  Please register at http://www.khronos.org/devu/register.html.  Besides covering a wide variety of media and embedded graphics subjects, Freescale and other Khronos members will make product announcements and demo new products that implement Khronos APIs.  Full descriptions of session content are available at: http://www.khronos.org/devu/locations/sanfrancisco2005.html.  Speakers will include: Dr. Jon Peddie of TechWatch; and representatives from Khronos Member companies 3Dlabs, ALT Software, ATI, Falanx Microsystems, Freescale Semiconductor, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Quantum3D, Seaweed Systems, Texas Instruments and more.

“We warmly welcome our most recent members from a diverse cross-section of the embedded media food-chain; strengthening Khronos’ ability to create embedded media APIs that have the full support of the industry and genuinely represent the needs of a broad range of markets,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “Khronos will continue to evolve and adapt to ensure that our growing membership translates into increased momentum; enabling us to continue to provide timely media acceleration APIs for the fast-moving embedded industry.”

“Atsana Semiconductor has joined Khronos Group to adopt and actively contribute to the standardization of multimedia API standards to further strengthen our multimedia solution offering for the mobile handset market,” said Vivek Chhabra, head of product solutions and partnerships at Atsana. “By providing industry standards multimedia rich compliant APIs under our RAMP platform offering, we believe it will allow developers and customers to deliver high performance products in minimal time.” http://www.atsana.com

“Hantro is pleased to join the Khronos group and as a contributing member we are looking forward to taking an active role in the development of multimedia API specifications,” says Sami Niska - product manager, Hantro. “We believe that OPENMAX API’s will play a significant role in the future of multimedia application development and, by ensuring compatibility, we will enable our customers to quickly achieve optimal video performance from our codec solutions.” www.hantro.com.

“Infineon Technologies is a leading provider of semiconductors for mobile solutions and will promote and implement open standard application programming interfaces like OpenGL ES on its wide variety of wireless solution platforms for future mobile multimedia terminals,” says Dominik Bilo, vice president sales and group marketing of the Communication Business Group at Infineon Technologies. “Infineon’s proven knowledge of mobile platforms and strong commitment to open standards is expected to accelerate the specification, implementation and test of Khronos 2D and 3D graphic specifications for embedded solutions will into further markets.”  www.infineon.com.

“QNX has long focused on optimizing advanced graphics to create the best user experience for embedded applications,” said Mark Roberts, director of product management at QNX. “By taking a leadership role with the Khronos Group, QNX is continuing to pave the way for standards and integrated solutions that help our customers accelerate the development of media devices and systems for the automotive, entertainment and networking industries.” http://www.qnx.com

“As a leading developer of open architecture IG solutions, embedded graphics subsystems, development software and support services for the VST and EVC markets, Quantum3D is pleased to take an active role in the important work Khronos is doing to further embedded OpenGL standards”, said Ross Q Smith, Quantum3D Co-founder and President. http://www.quantum3d.com

“SKY MobileMedia is committed to supporting open standards which promote the overall growth of the wireless market”, stated Tom Pollard, vice president of marketing for SKY. “The Khronos group is defining rich multimedia APIs which will help accelerate the rollout of compelling new mobile devices and services, and SKY MobileMedia is pleased to participate in this important effort.” www.skymobilemedia.com .

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 creation and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices, including 3D graphics on games consoles and 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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