SOFTBANK MOBILE Adopts OpenKODE

New POP-i platform provides native application access to OpenKODE APIs

22nd May, 2007 - Clearlake, CA - The Khronos™ Group announced today that SOFTBANK MOBILE Corporation has adopted the OpenKODE standard for advanced graphics and media processing in its new Portable Open Platform Initiative (POP-i) platform for mobile phones that was also announced today.  The POP-i platform will enable native applications to access the full power of the OpenKODE media stack architecture which enables 2D graphics, 3D graphics, video and audio to be accelerated and flexibly combined to unlock the full potential of rich media silicon. The use of OpenKODE will encourage and protect the investment of software developers in the POP-i platform by ensuring application portability across multiple handsets - both now and into the future as new handsets are introduced. 

“As the open and royalty-free industry standard API, OpenKODE is expected to drive the growth of active community of application and middleware developers for the common platform under development for mobile phones,” said Hiroshi Ohta, executive vice president & general manager of Product & Service Development, SOFTBANK MOBILE. “Because of its comprehensive scope of multi-media sources, including 2D/3D graphics, audio and video, OpenKODE can help us setting a stage for innovative, rich content offerings that can fit a new era of mobile multimedia.”

“The Khronos Group is delighted that SoftBank Mobile has selected the OpenKODE standard to provide the advanced graphics and media capability in the POP-i platform,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and vice president of embedded content at NVIDIA.  “We expect that many operating systems and handset software platforms will adopt OpenKODE to provide state-of-the-art media and graphics acceleration, significantly reducing industry fragmentation and enabling a new class of native applications to innovatively mix multiple media types to create compelling user experiences.”

About OpenKODE
OpenKODE is a royalty-free, cross-platform standard that combines a set of native APIs into a comprehensive media stack specification for accelerating rich media and graphics applications.  OpenKODE aims to make advanced media capabilities consistently available across multiple devices for increased native source portability and reduced mobile platform fragmentation. OpenKODE 1.0 brings together the OpenGL® ES and OpenVG™ Khronos media APIs to provide state-of-the-art acceleration for vector 2D and 3D graphics and provides the new OpenKODE Core API that abstracts operating system resources to minimize source changes when porting games and applications between Linux, Brew, Symbian, Windows Mobile, WIPI and RTOS-based platforms.  Subsequent versions of OpenKODE will add the OpenSL ES™ and OpenMAX™ media APIs to provide accelerated video and audio that is fully integrated with graphics processing.  More information in OpenKODE can be found at http://www.khronos.org/openkode/.

About The Khronos Group
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standards such as OpenGL®, OpenKODE™, OpenGL® ES, OpenMAX™, OpenVG™, OpenSL ES™, OpenML™ and COLLADA™ to enable the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  All Khronos members are able 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 media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.  More information is available at http://www.khronos.org/.

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Khronos, OpenKODE, OpenVG, OpenMAX and OpenSL ES are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. COLLADA is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. used by permission by Khronos. OpenGL and OpenML are registered trademarks and the OpenGL ES logo is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos. SOFTBANK, its name and logos are registered marks and/or trademarks of SoftBank Corporation in Japan and other countries. POP-i is a trademark of SOFTBANK MOBILE Corporation. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

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