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AMD's OpenGL ES 2.0 driver unlocks 3D internet potential

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WebGL? OpenGL? open-source web browser? 3D internet?

AMD has just announced the availability of the first software driver for desktop computing environments to support the WebGL industry standard that is designed to bring plugin-free 3D graphics to the Internet. The AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 driver is envisioned to help developers readily create exciting 3D content that can be rendered more quickly for consumers using open-source Web browsers, thereby helping create an application-like browser experience for the end-user.

AMD's new driver not just enables 3D and application-like experiences on the web, it also makes possible for software developers to use desktop PCs and workstations powered by AMD graphics (as opposed to embedded systems), when creating applications based on OpenGL ES 2.0 for smart phones, tablets and other portable and mobile devices. A common OpenGL ES programming environment makes it easier for developers to port software applications between PCs and handhelds.

AMD's Manju Hegde, the corporate vice president for Fusion Experience Program says, "AMD is a steadfast supporter of industry standards, including those that unlock the power of GPU acceleration." He adds that AMD sees the future of computing as being intensely visual, requiring a variety of rich media 2D and 3D applications. With functionality like the OpenGL ES 2.0 driver and technology breakthroughs made possible by AMD Fusion APUs. They aim to deliver the ideal development platform for immersive experiences both online and natively on virtually any PC.

This OpenGL ES 2.0 driver from AMD will be generally available with the forthcoming ATI CatalystTM 10.7 beta for OpenGL ES 2.0, and expected to be available soon. The OpenGL ES 2.0 driver will be supported on all currently available AMD graphics products introduced since 2008, including ATI Radeon desktop graphics, ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, and ATI FirePro professional graphics cards.

Industry association The Khronos Group is developing the open, cross-platform WebGL standard, which is expected to be at hand later this year. According to Khronos, browser vendors Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Opera (Opera) and Mozilla (Firefox) are contributors of the WebGL Working Group.

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