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Imagination Technologies reports that over 100 products are now shipping using its POWERVR SGX graphics acceleration technology. This year will be the year in which OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics overtakes OpenGL ES 1.1 devices in terms of new deployments. Dr. Jon Peddie, president, Jon Peddie Research says “Simply put: Imagination’s POWERVR is the standard for mobile 3D graphics.”

The Western Australian Supercomputer Program (WASP) in conjunction with iVEC and the University of Western Australia is currently running an OpenCL course during the 2010 iVEC/WASP summer school programme. The course will concentrate on teaching students the fundamentals of OpenCL with a goal towards helping students gain a fundamental understanding of OpenCL as a technology framework for enabling heterogenous parallel processing. Online slides sets are available as the course unfolds.

3D-Test interviewed the developers behind GLGE, a higher level API using WebGL, with a declarative xml format to remove the chore of creating 3D scenes via javascript alone. GLGE hides the GLSL shaders from the developer by implementing common use shaders within the API, various lighting types, normal maps, shadows, fog, etc. This frees the developers up to create actual content, games and applications with WebGL. Read the interview and visit the GLGE website.

AMD Developer Centeral has posted the ATI Stream OpenCL Technical Overview Video Series. The series of 5 videos provides ATI Stream developers an overview of the OpenCL API and OpenCL C programming language.

Here is a summary of the videos by AMD’s Justin Hensley:

  • Video 1: What is OpenCL? (7:44)
  • Video 2: What is OpenCL? (continued) (6:37)
  • Video 3: Resource Setup (11:06)
  • Video 4: Kernel Execution (13:00)
  • Video 5: Programming with OpenCL C (17:59)

Imagination Technologies announces the POWERVR SGX545. SGX545 will support OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance as well as support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.

GPU Caps Viewer 1.8.0 is available for download. This new version adds OpenGL 3 as well as OpenCL support with a new panel and several OpenCL demos. GPU Caps Viewer is a graphics card utility for Windows. It quickly describes the essential capabilities of your graphics card including GPU type, amount of VRAM, GPU temperature, OpenGL, OpenCL and CUDA API support. I also offers OpenGL and OpenCL demos to test the latest features of your video card.

The Khronos Group announced today that it has ratified and publicly released the OpenWF Composition 1.0 and OpenWF Display 1.0 specifications, forming a new royalty-free, open standard for building windowing systems and accessing display control functionality in accelerated mobile and embedded devices. OpenWF enables a new degree of portability, acceleration and abstraction for windowing systems while adding functionality and features through close integration with Khronos application APIs. The OpenWF standard is accompanied by an open source sample implementation and a full suite of conformance tests implemented by the Khronos Group.

The Khronos Group will be demoing OpenCL at their booth at SC09 in Portland Oregon. This year, the Khronos Group is pleased to hand out a free, nicely-laminated OpenCL Quick Reference card to SC09 booth visitors. This comprehensive 6 page quick reference covers all important aspects of the OpenCL API. A complete schedule of Khronos events at SC09 is located on the Khronos Group SC09 event page, along with a signup form for guests. Space is limited, so please signup early to reserve your spot.

ARM announced the launch of the ARM® Mali Developer Center. The Developer Center offers a comprehensive suite of resources for graphics and embedded applications developers working with the Khronos OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.0 and 1.1, as well as other APIs. Accessing these resources as members of the Mali ecosystem will enable developers targeting Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) platforms to bring best-in-class content to market.

The Khronos Group announced it has publicly released the OpenMAX™ AL 1.0 specification, a royalty-free, cross-platform C-language API for high-performance multimedia applications on mobile and embedded devices. The OpenMAX AL standard simplifies deployment of hardware and software audio, video and imaging capabilities across any platform or operating system. OpenMAX AL enables developers to create rich media applications across a wide range of hardware devices.

The Khronos Group has expanded the OpenCL section of their public forums, giving an area for users and coders to mingle together. The forums now contain categories for beginner and advanced coders, hardware and software issues for end users, OS specific question and help, and an area to discuss SDK’s, toolkits and wrappers. The Khronos Group message boards are visited by the developers behind all the Khronos API’s on a regular basis, and offer the best place to get help and give help. We look forward to seeing you on the Khronos forums soon.

gles2-bc is an open source C++ library which makes the non-backward compatible OpenGL ES 2.0 API backward compatible to ease the development with various OpenGL ES APIs. The initial version was just released providing most of the backward compatibility.