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Khronos Group Launches OpenVG and OpenMAX Initiatives

Significantly grows membership (July 06, 2004)

Khronos Group has just announced the launch of OpenVG and OpenMAX Initiatives and significantly grows membership.


Khronos Group Announces New OpenVG Open Standard for Handheld Vector Graphics Acceleration
Industry leaders 3Dlabs, Bitboys, Ericsson, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Nokia, Motorola, PalmSource, Symbian and Sun Microsystems found new Working Group and invite open industry participation


Khronos announces the formation of the new OpenVG working group to define a royalty-free, cross-platform API (application programming interface) that will provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG. Already in development, OpenVG is targeted primarily at handheld devices that require portable acceleration of high-quality vector graphics for compelling user interfaces and text on small screen devices, while enabling hardware acceleration to provide fluidly interactive performance at very low power levels.

The OpenVG working group has been founded and promoted by a number of Khronos Members including 3Dlabs, Bitboys, Ericsson, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, PalmSource, Symbian and Sun Microsystems; and the working group is being chaired by a representative from Khronos Member Nokia. Under the Khronos participation framework, the initial work undertaken by these companies is now open and available to any Khronos member who wishes to participate in the OpenVG working group. OpenVG is on a fast-track development schedule with first draft specifications expected at the end of 2004. www.khronos.org/openvg/


Khronos Group Announces New OpenMAX Open Standard for Enabling Effective Media Acceleration
Semiconductor and software leaders including ARM, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, Sicroelectronics and Texas Instruments found new Khronos Working Group and invite open industry participation

Khronos announces the formation of the new OpenMAX working group to define a royalty-free, cross-platform API (application programming interface) that standardizes access to multimedia processing primitives used extensively in video codecs such as MPEG-4, audio and image codecs, and 2D and 3D graphics. The OpenMAX API will enable library and codec implementers to rapidly and effectively make use of the full potential of new silicon regardless of the underlying hardware architecture. The early availability of optimized media libraries on a new processor in turn encourages a rich variety of media content to be rapidly available on that platform.

The OpenMAX working group was originally founded and promoted by a number of leading Khronos Members including ARM, Motorola, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. The initial work undertaken by these companies is now available, under the formal Khronos Group participation framework, to any Khronos member who wishes to participate in the OpenMAX working group. www.khronos.org/openmax/


Khronos Significantly Grows Membership
ALT Software, Fujitsu, Nazomi, Oplayo, Reakosys, Samsung Electronics, Sony PlayStation and TKO Software join as Contributors; Hybrid Graphics and Texas Instruments become Promoters; Broadcom and others become Open GL ES 1.0 Adopters;

Khronos is pleased to announce that ALT Software, Fujitsu, Nazomi, Oplayo, Reakosys, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and TKO Software have joined as Contributing Members to work closely with over 50 existing Khronos Group members to support the creation of open, royalty-free standard APIs to grow the markets for hardware and software products that enable authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. In more member news; Hybrid Graphics and Texas Instruments, both Contributor level Members with several years ongoing commitment to Khronos API development, have both been approved as Khronos Promoters for a closer involvement in providing strategic guidance on the Khronos Group Board of Directors. Also announced today, Broadcom, Digital Media Professional Inc., and the Institute for Information Industry have become Khronos Adopters 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.

Khronos invites any company with interest to join as a member and participate in the development of any of these standards. Please go to http://www.khronos.org/members/index.html for more information.
You are invited to see demos of Khronos APIs by Member companies:
Developers, editors or analysts with an interest in learning more about Khronos Group Standards and the effect they are having on the digital media industry are invited to an in-depth briefing with Khronos President and OpenGL ES Work Group Chairman, Neil Trevett, at EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN, July 21-23, 2004

See demos of Khronos APIs by member companies: ALT Software, NeoMagic, NVIDIA, Renesas and TAKUMI Corporation on the Khronos Stand #1022 on the North American Pavilion.


About Khronos
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.

For more information visit www.khronos.org.

 


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