OpenMAX AL is a royalty-free, cross platform open standard for accelerating the capture, and presentation of audio, video, and images in multimedia applications on embedded and mobile devices. OpenMAX AL includes the ability to create and control player and recorder objects and to connect them to configurable inputs and output objects including content readers/writers, audio inputs and outputs, display windows, cameras, analog radios, LEDs, and vibra devices.
OpenMAX is a non-proprietary, royalty-free standard, primarily targeted at middleware developers producing multimedia codecs, games engines and graphics libraries. OpenMAX is widely applicable to all applications where multimedia performance is a critical issue, including smartphones, games consoles, digital televisions and set-top boxes. Through collaboration and support from a growing number of leading stakeholders, the standard will be developed and promoted, with wide industry support and adoption encouraged.
The working group welcomes the input and experience of existing Khronos members, and encourages new members with multimedia knowledge to join and help ensure that the specifications deliver benefits that are relevant to the entire industry. This includes semiconductor manufacturers, independent software vendors, intellectual property vendors, operating system companies and the OEM or product development companies that supply end users.