S3 Graphics announced the OpenCL 1.0 capable Chrome 5400E GPGPU processor. The 5400E features native support of OpenCL, the industry’s best GFLOPS per watt rating including, a OpenGL 3.1 / DirectX® 10.1 graphics engine, ChromotionHD video core for HD video decode including Blu-ray, H.264, and VC-1, a video encode engine, and an OpenVG 1.1 engine. The 5400E is the most versatile GPU for embedded applications requiring longevity, customization, performance, features, and low power. Complete details are available on the S3 Graphics website.
Kerry Johnson, Director of Product Management, QNX Software Systems discusses determining factors when adding software intelligence to products. Embedded developers need to consider the merits of moving from a software solution built entirely in-house to one that uses an off-the-shelf operating system. An option is for developers to look at standard interfaces to ensure future portability such as OpenGL ES, OpenVG and OpenKODE.
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.
Vivante Corporation today announced that Arkmicro Technologies, Inc. has licensed Vivante GPU IP for its newest mobile navigation and entertainment system-on-chip (SoC) designs. “The stunning visual effects offered by OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 are driving a wide range of location based applications in markets around the globe,” said Wei-Jin Dai, President and CEO of Vivante Corporation. Peter Shi, CEO of Arkmicro Technologies, added, “Vivante GPUs give us the outstanding visual graphics quality and performance we need to extend our leading media SoC family of solutions.”
Samsung licensed ARM’s Mali-SVG-t technology for use in its mobile handsets. The Mali-SVG-t software offers an enhanced user experience, helping with 2D object tasks and provides a middleware layer compliant with the SVG-t 1.2 specification optimized for ARM processors.
Qt 4.6,a cross-platform application and UI framework now supports pluggable graphics systems for OpenGL 1.x and 2.x, and OpenVG 1.0 and 1.1. Khronos EGL API’s are used to access VG contexts and low-level window surfaces directly converting QPaintEngine requests into the equivalent OpenVG requests. This has been tested using X11/EGL and S60.
LG Electronics will use the ARM11™ MPCore™ multicore processor to provide flexible and cost effective processing in next generation DTVs and will enable LG Electronics to target a range of platforms with the same architecture simply by implementing single or multiple SMP cores. Using the ARM Mali™-200 and Mali-400 MP graphics processors will open the path to true 1080p resolutions, affording consumers a home cinema experience that includes high-definition graphics, and vastly improving the browsing experience on DTV user interfaces. Mali GPU’s deliver 2D and 3D graphics providing 4x and 16x full scene anti-aliasing (FSAA) without any noticeable drop in performance. Mali provides content developers with the state-of-the-art programmable features in OpenGL ES 2.0 and supports 2D scalable vector graphics through OpenVG for improved text, navigation, UI and web-browsing experiences.
ARMs Mali-400 MP GPU is now the first and only multicore GPU to pass the rigorous conformance tests specified by The Khronos Group. The Mali-400 GPU has achieved Khronos conformance for all of the three major graphics APIs required by ARM Partners: OpenVG, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. Conformance to the Khronos standards brings accredited Mali GPUs to multiple markets – from cellular handsets and personal navigation devices to digital TV, set-top box and digital picture frames.
Broadcom announced a new low power Personal Navigation Device System on a Chip (PND SoC). The SoC solution combines a high performance GPS receiver and baseband, an ARM11 and OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.0 compiant graphics processor. This PNDoC provides the key components required to allow a more gratifying end user experience with the delays and chunky maps often associated with mobile maps.
Tungsten Graphics, owned by VMWare, has made available a few software updates recently. With Gallium3D an OpenVG state tracker, two OpenGL ES state trackers helping accelerate OpenGL ES 1.x and 2.0 API’s have been released.
GUIliani is a C++ software MVC framework that supports XML which enabling the creation of platform independent, appealing graphical user interfaces for embedded systems. GUIliani supports many platforms such as Linux, VxWorks, WindowsCE, Windows Mobile, uCLinux and NIOS. Support back-end renderers include OpenGL-ES, SDL, GDI, GDI+, DirectFB and eVRU.
Vivante Corporation announced that a Taiwanese developer of high quality multimedia chipsets for mobile applications and a trusted supplier to global first-tier handset makers has added silicon proven Vivante scalable 2D and 3D graphics solutions to their system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
TAKUMI Corporation announced that the company has started licensing GV500 and GV300, TAKUMI’s new graphics accelerator IP core supporting 2D Vector Graphics for use mainly in mobile phones and digital consumer electronics products. Both IP cores support the API standards for embedded systems: GV500 supports both OpenGL ES1.1 and OpenVG1.1 while GV300 supports OpenVG1.1.
GV500: Both 2D Vector Graphics and 3D graphics are supported
GV300: Dedicated for 2D Vector Graphics
Inheriting high performance and small power consumption architecture from other existing GSHARK-TAKUMI IP cores, GV500 and GV300 are new products developed specifically for use in embedded systems including mobile phones, digital audio-visual home appliances and in-car displays.
Vivante Corporation announced that the Microprocessor Research and Development Center (MPRC) of Peking University (Beijing, China) selected Vivante 2D/3D GPU IP technology for its Single-Chip-PC SoC Platform, placing the graphics power of OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1, and OpenVG in an affordable, 3C computer for schools. “With the Vivante graphics processor and Khronos open standards APIs, we can provide modern graphics applications to benefit education for both teaching and research.” said Professor Cheng Xu, Director of the MPRC, Peking University.
The presentations from the Shanghai Press Conference and Seoul Mobile Gaming Forum are now online. Presentations cover OpenGL ES 1.1 hardware acceleration porting and optimizations, the structure of OpenVG and a brief introduction to the new embedded audio API, OpenSL ES. Presentations are available in Chinese and Korean, as well as English.