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Qualcomm announces commercial 64-bit Octa-Core chipset with OpenCL and OpenGL ES 3 support

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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.
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Kishonti GFXBench 3.0: A Fresh Look At OpenGL ES and Mobile Benchmarking

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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.
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OpenGL ES Work Group Chair discusses ASTC Texture Compression

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Tom Olson, work group chair of the OpenGL ES API and director of graphics research at ARM has a great blog entry on ASTC texture compression. Not too technical and includes some great examples and lots of links. A great read for the middle of the week.
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Olympus adopts DMP’s Hybrid Graphics IP core for OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1

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Digital Media Professionals Inc announced that Olympus has selected DMP 2D/3D hybrid graphics IP core “SMAPH-H” for their OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1, the flagship model of a mirrorless system, integrating DSLR. SMAPH-H is a hybrid graphics IP core optimized for high-performance, high-quality user interfaces and mobile applications, supporting OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 APIs.
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PowerVR Rogue GPUs set to deliver next-gen graphics and compute with new OpenGL ES Next API

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In conjunction with the launch of our PowerVR Series6XT and Series6XE GPUs, the Khronos Group has announced OpenGL® ES Next, a next-generation API standard which introduces a number of new features for mobile and embedded devices. Good news for developers targeting PowerVR-based hardware is that all our PowerVR Rogue GPUs are designed to meet the specifications of the OpenGL ES Next API. This means that any device with a PowerVR Series6, Series6XT or Series6XE graphics core will be able to support OpenGL ES Next, once conformance is achieved.
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AMD announces FirePro D300, D500 and D700 for Mac Pro with OpenCL support

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The new AMD FirePro D300, D500 and D700 GPUs are built on the strength of AMD's Graphics Core Next GPU design. With OpenCL support, Mac Pro users have the ability to seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video and simultaneously render effects in the background, and still have enough performance to power up to three high-resolution 4K displays. Read more about AMD's support of OpenCL.
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New PowerVR Series6XE GPUs bring OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL to everyone

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At CES 2014, Imagination Technologies announced a new line-up of PowerVR Series6XE Rogue graphics processing (GPU) IP cores targeting cost-sensitive, mass-market applications. The new Series6XE family, including the world’s smallest fully-featured OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL-capable GPU core, are designed to enable high-quality graphics and efficient GPU compute performance for products such as entry-level mobile devices and tablets, as well as wearables and other consumer products including DTVs and set-top boxes, in which silicon area and memory bandwidth are limited, but advanced graphics performance is still desired. -
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Maxthon releases latest version of their cloud browser with WebGL support

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Maxthon says that the new rendering engine and other tweaks to the Maxthon browser make it 10% faster overall than Chrome 30, and has 40% faster start times than previous versions. The Maxthon browser includes broad and deep HTML5 suppor as well as support for WebGL & GPU acceleration allowing for improved graphics and image processing. As well, the browser allows multi-threaded downloads and a promise to use the smallest amount of RAM of any web browser.
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Intel Compiler, Architecture and Tools Conference on OpenCL and OpenGL in Israel

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Intel is holding a two event in Isreal next week with lots of OpenCL and OpenGL discussions planned. The interaction among advanced compilation techniques, modern processor and computing architectures, and associated tools continues to face new challenges and opportunities. The main focus of this conference is the interaction of compiler technologies, processor and computing architectures and tools to address the latest programming environments and demands.
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drawElements Releases GPU Quality Market Research

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drawElements will release the world’s first mobile GPU market study focusing on complete quality at the Slush startup conference. Covering aspects beyond mere performance, the report will provide unique insights into the differences between the graphics capabilities of mobile devices. drawElements has studied the graphics processing units (GPUs) of modern high-end smart devices with the unique drawElements Quality Program (dEQP) software. The study sheds light on the challenges faced by developers aspiring to produce next-generation applications and games leveraging the full power of GPUs. The study was conducted by running over 18,000 test cases on 17 devices containing 12 different GPUs from five different vendors.
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