Imagination and Futuremark team up to bring Kanzi¬ô UI engine to POWERVR Insiders
London, UK - October 20th, 2009 - Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia chip technologies company, is working with Futuremark, a leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones, to make Futuremark's Kanzi¬ô UI (user interface) engine and toolkit available to members of Imaginatio''s POWERVR Insider developer ecosystem.
Kanzi is a fast and robust solution for the creation and deployment of user interface applications incorporating rich graphics for embedded solutions, and takes full advantage of Imagination's POWERVR graphics acceleration technologies for both OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG 1.1. Kanzi is licensed by Futuremark to software developers, as well as to manufacturers of cell phone, automotive and consumer electronics products.
From December, 2009, all registered users of the POWER VR Insider website can apply to receive a fully-featured 30-day trial of the Kanzi engine and SDK. Kanzi technology is already used by almost every major semiconductor company in the form of Futuremark's OpenGL¬ģ ES benchmarks, software which helps tune the performance of new chips.
As well as effortlessly producing PC-quality advanced 3D graphics in a UI environment, Kanzi also supports the very latest mobile technologies such as touch screen, multi-touch, 3D animation and high resolution displays. Developers using Kanzi benefit from largely eliminating the need to re-create and re-scale the same content separately for each different target device. This leads to radically shorter product development cycles and reduced risk.
Tony King-Smith, VP Marketing, Imagination Technologies says: "Real user interfaces need to be both pragmatic and compelling. Too often we see prototype UIs that may look pretty, but do not deliver a meaningful experience outside of a 'canned' demo. The industry needs to move past these 'toy' UIs and take this most important part of the mobile experience seriously. You need great tools to deliver a real UI, and Kanzi is a very good example of how to achieve this."
Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Futuremark Corporation says: "We are pleased to continue our long association with Imagination and POWERVR by bringing Kanzi to the industry's largest dedicated mobile and embedded graphics ecosystem. POWERVR Insiders will soon see that Kanzi is an excellent companion to the POWERVR SDK for anyone seeking to create visually compelling and operationally comprehensive user-oriented mobile user interfaces and applications."
POWERVR Insider, which has its online resources and interactive online developer forum at http://www.powervrinsider.com, has tripled in numbers over the past 18 months to over 12,000 members, with intake from a broad spectrum that ranges from engineers creating device drivers and verification suites to operating system communities, user interface specialists, and game developers. Imagination's POWERVR Insider ecosystem is second to none in providing the tools and support essential to leading developers of graphically rich applications.
The POWERVR Insider SDK is developers' preferred development environment for the creation of OpenGL ES 2.0 as well as OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG applications. It includes a complete PC-based emulation environment, and is backed by Imagination's unrivalled technical support team. The latest v2.5 release includes OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 SDKs for a number of new phone platforms using POWERVR SGX, including iPhone (running on Mac OS X), Samsung i8910, Sony Ericsson Satio, Nokia N900 and Beagle Board SDKs which give developers access to the world-class POWERVR SGX and MBX toolchains.
About Futuremark¬ģ Corporation
Futuremark¬ģ Corporation serves the mobile industry with professional application performance analysis tools and workloads. Our world renowned product portfolio includes 3DMark¬ģMobile for OpenGL ES 1.x and OpenGL ES 2.0, VGMark¬ô for OpenVG 1.x, and SPMark¬ô for Symbian, Windows Mobile, Linux and mobile Java. In addition, we license Kanzi, a 3D graphics UI engine to mobile, embedded and automotive device makers. Futuremark Oy is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and has offices in Shanghai and Silicon Valley.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) - a global leader in multimedia and communication silicon technologies - creates and licenses market-leading processor cores for graphics, video, multi-threaded SoC processors and multi-standard demodulation and Wi-Fi applications. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by strong array of software tools and drivers as well as extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics. Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: http://www.imgtec.com.
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