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TI, Ideaworks3D team on gaming platform

Posted: 05 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OMAP? gaming platform? handsets? 3D graphics? Texas Instruments?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and Ideaworks3D have collaborated to extend the capabilities of the OMAP gaming platform to support the OpenKODE 1.0 specification, addressing a wider market targeting feature phones to high-end multimedia handsets.

According to the press release, the platform is touted to be one of the first in the industry to incorporate the OpenKODE (Khronos Open Development Environment) to further simplify the development and deployment of new games across multiple mobile phone segments, creating a larger market opportunity for game publishers.

To enable developers to address the broadest possible market, the gaming platform has been expanded to include TI's OMAP2 and OMAP-Vox product families. Additionally, the offering spans both accelerated and non- accelerated 3D graphics solutions using a common development and deployment environment through Ideaworks3D's Airplay software.

"Game developers will see dramatic reductions in development costs by utilizing the TI and Ideaworks3D gaming platform," said Alex Caccia, CEO, Ideaworks3D. "We have found that game developers can achieve up to 60 percent cost savings for development and porting of mobile games using Airplay SDK on TI's OMAP and OMAP-Vox platforms."

The companies said that one of the most significant benefits the solution is that it changes the current mobile gaming development process by allowing developers to create one game binary which runs on leading open operating systems, including Symbian OS, Linux and Microsoft Windows Mobile. This enables the same code to run on a range of handsets with performance on par with other native applications.

"Support for open standards including OpenKODE, OpenGL ES and the OMA mobile gaming white paper is important to advance the development of mobile games," said Avner Goren, marketing director of TI cellular systems solutions. "We view these open standards as vital to the success of the mobile gaming market and TI will continue to enhance the mobile gaming platform with Ideaworks3D to help developers quickly deliver new and compelling games to market."

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