Khronos Announces New Membership Tiers to Enable Wider Industry Participation in the Creation of Open Standards

Associate membership expanded for smaller companies and a new membership tier created for nonprofit organizations

August 30, 2017 – Beaverton, OR — The Khronos™ Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, announces expanded membership opportunities. The Khronos Board of Directors has approved the addition of a nonprofit membership tier and an expansion of the associate-level membership, to reduce membership fees for smaller companies, to encourage wider participation from every industry served by the consortium.

“Member participation is the lifeblood of Khronos’ mission to create silicon acceleration standards by the industry, for the industry. We are thrilled to expand the participation opportunities for smaller companies and nonprofit organizations to ensure that our work continues to benefit from bringing the most brilliant minds and innovative companies to the table,” said Neil Trevett, Khronos president. “Our members have a unique opportunity to influence the definition, development, and refinement of standards that are critical to their business.”

Khronos’ working groups are responsible for creating open, cross-platform standards for use in graphics, parallel computing, and vision and neural-network processing on a variety of platforms - from desktop to embedded and safety critical devices. Many of the standards created by Khronos are widely used in the industry today, such as Vulkan® , OpenGL®, OpenGL® ES, WebGL™, glTF™, OpenCL™, OpenVX™, and more. Khronos membership brings a range of benefits, such as influence over the direction of working group goals, early access to draft specifications, as well as cross-promotion, marketing and networking opportunities.

The Associate-level membership has been expanded to reduce membership fees for companies that have up to 100 employees. The annual pricing model is $175 per company employee with a minimum starting fee of $3,500 per year - scaling the annual dues based on the size of the member organization. The new nonprofit membership tier is available to registered nonprofit organizations at $7,500 per year. 

The Associate and nonprofit membership tiers are similar to Academic membership in that they include full Working Group participation, but without formal voting rights. The Khronos Promoter, Contributor and Academic membership fees remain unchanged at $75,000, $18,000 and $1,000 per year. Contributor Membership is available to any entity that wishes to join Khronos with full Working Group voting rights.

Details on how to join Khronos, as well as descriptions of the member benefits are available at  www.khronos.org/members/.

A full list of current Khronos members is available at www.khronos.org/members/list.

For more information about The Khronos Group visit Khronos.org.

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The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics, vision and neural nets on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Khronos standards include Vulkan®, OpenGL®, OpenGL® ES, OpenGL® SC, WebGL™, SPIR-V™, OpenCL™, SYCL™, OpenVX™, NNEF™, COLLADA™, OpenXR™ and glTF™. Khronos members are enabled to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge accelerated platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.

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