Vivante Corporation announced multiple silicon partner integrations of its GC7000 Series GPU IP into SoCs targeting wearables, mobile, automotive, and 4K TV products. GC7000 supports the newly released OpenGL ES 3.1* API and hardware TS/GS/CS (tessellation / geometry / compute shader) extensions for Android. Product is based on a published Khronos OpenGL ES 3.1 Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.
Along with a plethora of updates from Apple, WebGL is now present by default on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The folks over at Ludei have run a couple of tests: "We have downloaded and installed iOS 8 beta on an iPad2 and thanks to the CocoonJS Launcher App, that offers access to both the System WebView and to Canvas+, we have been able to confirm that WebGL support is for both mobile Safari and the webview."
The Open Toolkit is an advanced, high-performance C# OpenGL and OpenGL ES binding. The latest version improves startup performance by up to 20x, adds OpenGL ES documentation tooltips, and improves Linux and MacOS support. OpenTK is used in commercial and non-commercial applications and is available for desktop and mobile platforms.
Vivante Corporation announced multiple silicon partner integrations of its GC7000 Series GPU IP into SoCs targeting wearables, mobile, automotive, and 4K TV products. GC7000 will support the newly released OpenGL ES 3.1 API and hardware TS/GS/CS (tessellation / geometry / compute shader) extensions for Android. Integrated TS/GS/CS support puts the most advanced desktop 3D features in your hand bringing 4K rendering to the next level by adding even more stunning, fine-grained 3D detail and realism to game play, while lowering power and memory bandwidth.
Unity Technologies has unveiled Unity 5, the next generation of Unity multiplatform engine and development tools. Unity 5 brings a wealth of new capabilities and features enabling all developers to create amazing games and interactive experiences, and painlessly deploy them to almost any platform. Unity 5 will see the launch of the integrated Unity Cloud ad-sharing network for cross-promotion of mobile games, and an addition to Unity’s multiplatform support with the introduction of WebGL deployment.
The new Soft Kitty OpenGL ES 3.0 demo shows that, with our latest PowerVR Series6 GPUs, it is possible to render animated fur covered characters in real time on mobile devices. The final demo runs at >30fps at resolutions higher than Full HD driven by a PowerVR Rogue GPU. Soft Kitty will also be on display at the Imagination booth (#402) at GDC 2014.
The Khronos Group has announced the immediate release of the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing significant functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 will provide the most desired features of desktop OpenGL 4.4 in a form suitable for mobile devices. The OpenGL ES registry is up-to-date with the latest Specifications, head files and reference pages. We look forward to hearing what you think about this release.
Imagination Technologies has announced that an advanced GPU accelerated VP9 software decoder for its industry-leading PowerVR Series6 Rogue GPUs is available from Imagination’s strategic partner MulticoreWare. Developed in partnership with Google, the OpenCL based decoder supports playback of YouTube video at 1080p, 30fps, providing a low-power solution for HD video on devices such as mobile devices, tablets, connected TVs and other products. With this new decoder, existing products with PowerVR Series6 GPUs can now play VP9 generated content.
Squid Systems announced at Mobile World Congress the availability of its highly efficient HEVC decoder software for mobile devices. The Squid decoder software operates on popular mobile processors based on ARM Limited designs and on processors made by Intel Corporation, and includes OpenCL optimization to exploit the processing power of popular GPUs available on mobile processors.
Imagination Technologies wowed visitors to Mobile World Congress today with the first public demonstration of 3DMark's Cloud Gate benchmark test running on mobile hardware. 3DMark Cloud Gate is a new OpenGL ES 3.0 benchmark for mobile platforms from Futuremark, a leading provider of high-performance benchmarking software.
QNX Software Systems Limited unveiled their latest generation of QNX Neutrino operating system. Designed to bring mobile-class user experiences to secure embedded systems, the QNX OS 6.6 offers new graphics, UI, multimedia, security, and power management capabilities. For the ultimate in UI design flexibility, the QNX OS includes a new graphical composition manager that can seamlessly blend apps and components created in HTML5, OpenGL ES, and Qt 5, together with video from connected devices. The composition manager supports native OpenGL ES hardware acceleration, multi-touch input control with gestures, and a driver framework based on industry-standard OpenWF Display APIs.
Qualcomm has added the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets to the Snapdragon 600 tier for high-end mobile computing devices. Both new chipsets integrate Qualcomm Technologies’ 3rd Generation LTE modem, supporting Category 4 data rates for new requirements such as LTE-Broadcast and LTE Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). The chipsets also feature Qualcomm Technologies’ Adreno 405 GPU which support the latest mobile graphics APIs like DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL ES 3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellationfor more detailed, realistic mobile games and visually stunning user interfaces. The Adreno 405 also supports Full Profile OpenCL for superior GPGPU compute, video and image processing.
The free OpenGL ES CapsViewer app is now available for Android. This tools reads out all hardware capabilities of Android devices and can upload them to an online database that developers can access to check out OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 capabilities for the various devices out on the market. The database contains OpenGL ES information including extensions, compressed texture formats, capabilities, EGL extensions, device features and available hardware sensors. You can compare up to 8 different devices at once, so developers can easily check out what features are supported by their targeted devices.
The newly-released Kishonti GFXBench 3.0 is comprised of nearly all new tests, including battery, render quality, and the first serious OpenGL ES 3.0 performance metric. Newly introduced is the demanding Manhattan test, utilizing OpenGL ES 3.0-specific complex lighting, particles, and, most important, deferred shading. Tom's Hardware has a complete rundown of GFXBench and the GFXBench website contains lots of results for various mobile devices.