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Nvidia joins cellphone 3D group as first chipsets roll

Posted: 09 Jan 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nvidia? khronos group? opengl 3d? graphics application programming interface?

PC graphics leader Nvidia Corp. announced it is joining the Khronos Group, an ad hoc organization defining a subset for cellular phones of the OpenGL 3D graphics application programming interface.

The news comes as Khronos members, including Nvidia's archrival ATI Technologies, are poised to announce at the Consumer Electronics Show the first chip sets based on the API.

Khronos announced it ratified the OpenGL ES spec at the Siggraph conference in July at which time Sun Microsystems joined the 50-member group. Other members include 3Dlabs, ATI, Intel and SGI. Microsoft Corp. is said to be working on a separate API for cellphones and handhelds called Direct3D Mobile.

Khronos members are expected to launch new OpenGL ES products at a Thursday press conference at CES. The group is also set to roll out an adoption and conformance test.

In addition to Nvidia, other new Khronos contributing members include Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), a government-backed R&D agency and a handful of smaller software developers.

"The Khronos Group welcomes these new members as they join to further the momentum of OpenGL ES for the good of all companies seeking to grow their businesses in the embedded graphics market," said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs, president of the Khronos Group and chairman of the OpenGL ES Working Group in a statement.

"We realize that open standards for mobile graphics will enable a huge boost in the growth of mobile content business, and have joined the Khronos Group to ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of mobile 3D graphics development," said Kim, Hyun Bin, vice president of ETRI's Digital Content Research Division.

- Rick Merritt

EE Times

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