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Multimedia standards consortium gains members, embedded momentum

Nov 25, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

The Khronos Group announced that LSI Logic, Toshiba, and XCE have joined as Contributing Members, bringing its membership tally to 40 companies. The group, founded in Jan. 2000, focuses on developing and deploying standard APIs for authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.

The new members will help beta test OpenGL ES, an embedded subset of OpenGL that brings advanced 3D graphics to a wide range of embedded systems. Khronos expects to release the official “OpenGL ES Adopter & Conformance Program” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, in January, 2004.

The new members will also contribute to OpenML 1.0, which enables developers to easily integrate video, audio, and graphics capabilities into their application suites, according Khronos.

  • XCE says it developed the world's first J2ME based platform, XVM, and specializes in mobile GUI design, mobile messengers, and Java browser development. “XCE want[s] to develop on OpenGL ES as our standard graphics API for 3D content and application service,” said Ju Hyeok Kim, President of XCE in Seoul, Korea. “We joined Khronos to ensure that we are a part of the rapid deployment of OpenGL ES.”

  • LSI Logic designs and manufactures communications, consumer, and storage semiconductors for applications that access, interconnect, and store data, voice, and video. “Joining Khronos further strengthens our capabilities to enable innovative products in the rapidly growing mobile electronics market,” commented Melvin Hirata, Director of Marketing, Consumer Customs Solutions, LSI Logic.

  • Toshiba manufactures and markets electronic and electrical products spanning information and communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, and power systems.

All Khronos members can contribute to the Khronos specifications, vote at various stages before public deployment, and receive early access to specifications and conformance testing drafts, Khronos says. Companies can join as Adopters for a small one-time fee, gaining access to source code for Conformance Tests, as well as the right to use API trademarks on products that pass the official Conformance Testing procedures. Khronos invites potential new members to read its membership page.

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