December 8, 2004 – Clearlake Park, California – The Khronos™ Group today announced that the first draft specification of the OpenVG™ API (application programming interface) standard is available, on schedule, for public review. Khronos invites any interested party to execute a Khronos Reviewer’s Agreement and provide feedback and guidance to the OpenVG Working Group to ensure that this important industry standard meets the needs of the industry. Details about this review phase, the Reviewer’s Agreement and more details about OpenVG – including a Table of Contents of the draft specification – are available at www.khronos.org/openvg.
Khronos is also very pleased to announce that Zoomon has joined the Khronos Group as a Contributing Member in order to actively participate in the development of OpenVG, and to get early access to the final specification. ZOOMON is a company committed to delivering standards based product solutions and is the leading provider of Mobile SVG solutions designed to enhance and expand the range of services and opportunities for users of mobile phones, www.zoomon.com.
"Zoomon is very pleased to join the Khronos group and we plan to take an active role in furthering the important work that is currently underway under the OpenVG initiative," said Brad Sipes, CTO of ZOOMON Mobile Solutions. "In particular, we believe that the OpenVG work will enable the mobile industry to develop a more compelling offering of rich content services than exists today and to make these services available to consumers even on lower priced handsets."
The OpenVG working group has been founded and promoted by a number of Khronos Members including 3Dlabs, ATI, Bitboys, Ericsson, Hybrid Graphics, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, PalmSource, SGI, Symbian and Sun Microsystems. OpenVG is on a fast-track development schedule with the first draft specification created after just six months and final ratification and public release of the OpenVG 1.0 specification expected in the spring of 2005.
OpenVG is a royalty-free, cross-platform API that will provide a low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG. 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 working group is also ensuring that OpenVG can be seamlessly integrated with the 3D graphics of OpenGL ES to create a fully integrated 2D and 3D graphics acceleration environment.
The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium creating open standard APIs such as OpenGL® ES, OpenMAX™, OpenML™ and OpenVG™, to enable the creation and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices, including 3D graphics on mobile phones. Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, vote at various stages before public release, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications by having early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.