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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.

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.

The new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue architecture builds on the groundbreaking Series6 architecture that consumes the lowest memory bandwidth in the industry while delivering the best performance per mm2 and per mW. The Series6XT architecture features market-leading scalability, supporting implementations up to eight compute clusters that scale linearly in GFLOPS and texturing rates. With OpenGL ES 3.0* support across the range, Series6XT provides among the highest performance OpenGL ES 3.0 GPUs in the industry. Today Imagination unveiled the first three cores in the Series6XT generation with two, four and six compute clusters respectively. The Series6XT architecture targets a wide range of markets from wearables, mobile devices and tablets to automotive infotainment to high-end gaming and computing and more. Series6XT also adds performance enhancements to support the extended color gamut of 4K/Ultra HD TV.

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. -

Packt Publishing has released a book from the developers of the Linderdaum Engine. The book contains recipes for portable game development techniques. A full chapter is devoted to the development of an abstraction layer on top of OpenGL 3, OpenGL ES 2 and OpenGL ES 3, which will allow mobile developers to run and debug their games on a desktop PC. In addition, the entire book source code may be downloaded from GitHub.

A bunch of companies are working with the Khronos Group to standardize some nuts and bolts of machine vision. It’s the kind of thing that could make it easier to write an augmented reality app for a mobile phone or sign-recognition software for an autonomous car, for example, because difficult low-level technology would be taken care of. The new standard is of course OpenVX, which is geared to make it easier for software to tap into some of those machine-vision functions.

This enables vastly improved performance as well as Construct 2’s awesome shader effects such as this ripple transition example. This alone can make for a much more mobile gaming experience in the browser. Firefox appears to support WebGL on all devices. However Chrome have taken a stricter approach, and only enable it on relatively new devices.

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.

ARM unveiled new additions to its Mali GPU family. First up is the Mali-T760, ARM’s most powerful GPU to-date, and secondly, the lower-end Mali-T720, ARM’s first GPU for midrange devices that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL. ARM’s share of the mobile GPU market is growing and now stands at 18 percent, according to Jon Peddie Research.

When asked how OpenGL® ES 3.0 would improve my buddy’s ARM® Mali™-T604 powered Nexus 10 I sighed, looking in exasperation at my unknowing friend. How could he, a self-proclaimed tech geek, not know the benefits of OpenGL ES 3.0? Espen Oybo decided to write a blog to answer his friends question.