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Khronos Group Expands Membership

Announces dates for Developer University series (May 19, 2005)

The Khronos Group is very pleased to announce that Aplix Corporation, Barco, Beatnik, BitFlash, Broadcom, Emuzed, Fraunhofer IIS, MTIS, Packetvideo, Philips Software, Siemens Communications and Skyworks Inc. have become Khronos Contributing Members to participate in the ongoing development and promotion of open, royalty- free embedded media API standards to grow the markets for hardware and software products that enable authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Also announced today, Silicon Studio has become a Khronos Adopter for OpenGL ES 1.0, enabling them to test their products for conformance with the OpenGL ES 1.0 specification and use the OpenGL ES logo.

Press and Developers Invited to Khronos Developer's University and Siggraph BOFs
Khronos Developer University (DevU) will deliver in- depth technology lectures on the state of Khronos API development on August 2nd at Siggraph 2005 in Los Angeles, and on October 26th at the Austin Game Developers Conference. Speakers will include: Dr. Jon Peddie of TechWatch; and representatives from Khronos Member companies 3Dlabs, Hybrid Graphics and Qualcomm. Attendance does not require a trade show or conference badge. Khronos DevU provides free opportunities to learn about Khronos APIs, interact with key industry participants and see demonstrations of new products that use the Khronos APIs. Khronos DevU has already graduated over 1000 attendees in Helsinki, London, San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo. For more information and to register for DevU please visit http://

"Khronos warmly welcomes all our new members, as the broadening participation in our standardization process enables us to be an ever-more effective forum for building market opportunities for the industry," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs. "It is quite striking how the new membership has a diverse interest in all of the Khronos APIs currently in development; from 2D and 3D graphics and video to safety critical displays. This diversity helps Khronos accurately build a coherent "big picture" strategy for processing numerous types of media across many embedded markets."

New Member Information
"Barco is an international company that provides visualization and display solutions for niche professional markets," says Jeff Malacarne, Director of Engineering for BarcoView Command & Control in Duluth, GA. "In addition to a variety of large screen and workstation-oriented visualization solutions, Barco develops several rugged and embedded products for Avionics and other life-critical applications. Khronos activities for embedded standardization play a key role in enabling design re- use and accelerating integration for these types of platforms, which have been historically dependent on proprietary interfaces."

"A key component of Beatnik's strategy is to help develop specifications for open industry standards and to provide pre-eminent support in our products for these formats and interfaces", says Jeremy Copp, Chief Sales Officer at Beatnik. "Beatnik's commitment to standards initiatives and our ability to deliver support for new interfaces to the wireless industry will provide the opportunity for the rapid specification, implementation and rollout of a Khronos OpenMAX MIDI component."

"BitFlash is excited to become a participant in the Khronos group", says Don Liberty, Director of Business Development at BitFlash. "Establishing an open standard for the development of 2D Graphics in the mobile community is something to which BitFlash has long been committed, and being part of this consortium substantiates our long-standing efforts."

"We expect the standardization of graphics and codec interfaces to increase the speed of adoption of rich multimedia in a range of portable devices, building on the considerable success of OpenGL ES. Broadcom welcomes the work that Khronos has done to date and is pleased to join the organization as a Contributor member to support the development of OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenMAX," said Dr. Robert Swann, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Mobile Multimedia Business Unit. www.broadcom. com

"The Emuzed highly optimized multimedia applications and technologies build upon internationally agreed standards", says Dr. Rajesh Srivathsa, Chief Technical Officer at Emuzed, a Flextronics company. "Emuzed multimedia solutions with support for the OpenMAX standard will provide customers with a greater range of interoperable choices, and enable them to bring products to market faster."

"We are glad to contribute to Khronos as Fraunhofer IIS has always been committed to open standards," says Harald Popp, head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems Department of Fraunhofer IIS. "As the leading research laboratory in the area of high quality low bit-rate audio coding, we will contribute to the OpenMAX API specifications to grant an easy portability of our audio coding software to various operating systems and to enable easy porting across hardware architectures." www.iis.fraunh


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