Khronos Group Completes OpenML 1.0 Specification

Open, Cross-Platform Environment Makes Creation of Dynamic Media Content

Faster and Easier; Additional Initiative Will Define Small Footprint Graphics

And Media APIs for Embedded Devices & Appliances



LAS VEGAS, National Association of Broadcasters Convention, April 24

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Khronos Group

/PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The Khronos Group, a consortium of
 digital media and graphics industry leaders consisting of 3Dlabs, ATI,
 Discreet, Evans & Sutherland, Intel, NVIDIA, SGI and Sun Microsystems Inc.,
 today announced the on-time delivery of the OpenML(TM) 1.0 specification, as
 originally promised at NAB 2000.  OpenML, a software environment that is
 complementary to the peer OpenGL(R) API, enables digital content authoring
 application developers to easily integrate video, audio and graphics
 capabilities into their application suites, and makes these applications
 portable over multiple operating systems, CPU architectures and add-in
 hardware devices.
     Members of the Press are invited to attend a Press Conference at the
 Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas in the Casanova Room #506 today, Tuesday April 24,
 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
     The OpenML 1.0 specification is complete and entering a final review, with
 public availability expected by mid-year.  The specification can then be used,
 royalty free, by any adopting company that desires to integrate OpenML
 functionality into hardware or software products.  Commercial implementations
 of OpenML 1.0 are expected on IRIX(R), Linux, and Microsoft Windows(R)
 platforms and the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment, with shipments starting
 later this year.
     Also announced today was the creation of a new Khronos Group initiative to
 standardize subsets of both OpenML and OpenGL to create small-footprint APIs
 to bring dynamic media capabilities to a wide variety of appliances and
 embedded devices.  Khronos will focus on producing API profiles to meet the
 requirements of a range of market segments such as safety-critical automotive
 and avionics displays, handheld and line-powered appliances and rich-media
 devices such as advanced digital TVs, set top boxes and game consoles.
 Embedded industry leaders have stated their intent to join the Khronos group
 to support this initiative, including Wind River Systems, Inc., a leading
 provider of embedded software and services for smart devices.
     "Wind River is committed to providing technology that allows our customers
 to more easily develop next-generation, smart connected devices," said
 Joerg Bertholdt, director of product marketing for Wind River's Platforms
 business unit.  "Open standards for rich multimedia content, which address the
 constraints of embedded devices, will play a key role in enabling
 next-generation digital TVs, set-top boxes and in-car infotainment systems.
 Wind River is a long standing supporter of industry standards and will
 continue to provide industry leading implementations."
     "The Khronos Group is the right group at the right time to create a
 significant market growth opportunity for embedded graphics," said
 Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  "The
 concentration of graphics expertise in Khronos, combined with broad support
 from the embedded industry will result in the APIs we need to unleash advanced
 graphics and rich-media on a wide variety of embedded platforms."
     By standardizing authoring and embedded APIs, the Khronos Group is now
 working to create a high degree of compatibility and synergy between software
 environments for both dynamic media creation and delivery.  Upcoming OpenML
 developments include refinements to the specification, reference
 implementations and definition of conformance tests to ensure a high level of
 consistency between OpenML-compliant devices.  All OpenGL-based work in the
 Khronos Group is being undertaken with the support of the OpenGL ARB, the
 governing body for the OpenGL specification.
 
     About OpenML
     In current digital media programming environments, developers are required
 to deal with different APIs for video, audio and graphics across each platform
 they support.  OpenML provides a complete programming environment, with two
 distinct APIs and a set of OpenGL extensions, which enable applications to
 easily take advantage of standardized rich media hardware capabilities across
 multiple platforms.  The first API, "ML," is based on dmSDK 2.0, SGI's
 industry-proven, third-generation digital media API, which provides
 comprehensive video and audio routing and processing capabilities with
 advanced media synchronization.  The second API,  "MLdc," provides
 sophisticated abstracted control over display devices.  The OpenGL extensions
 defined by OpenML seamlessly integrate video and 3D media elements and will
 enable OpenML-compliant OpenGL hardware to significantly accelerate the
 dynamic media authoring workflow.
 
     Open Developers Conference at NAB 2001
     To encourage broad industry involvement, the Khronos Group is
 restructuring to enable open membership at the Contributor level so that any
 company may join to participate in the development of specifications.  If your
 company specifies, develops or markets any products that use, generate or
 display dynamic media, you are encouraged to attend an OpenML Developer's
 Conference at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas in the Palazzo Ballroom A on
 Thursday, April 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Please visit
 www.3dlabs.com/khronos/developer.htm for more information.
 
     About the Khronos SIG
     The Khronos Group was founded in January 2000 by a number of leading
 graphics and digital media companies including 3Dlabs, ATI, Discreet, Evans &
 Sutherland, Intel, SGI and Sun Microsystems to promote the creation and
 deployment of rich media through the creation of open standard APIs to enable
 the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms
 & devices.  Go to www.khronos.org for more information.
 
     NOTE:  IRIX and OpenGL are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics,
 Inc., and OpenML is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., used with
 permission by the Khronos Special Interest Group.  Sun, and Solaris are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the
 United States and other countries.   Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
 Discreet is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc./Discreet Logic.  All other product
 names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and
 belong to their respective owners.
 
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/PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The Khronos Group, a consortium of
 digital media and graphics industry leaders consisting of 3Dlabs, ATI,
 Discreet, Evans & Sutherland, Intel, NVIDIA, SGI and Sun Microsystems Inc.,
 today announced the on-time delivery of the OpenML(TM) 1.0 specification, as
 originally promised at NAB 2000.  OpenML, a software environment that is
 complementary to the peer OpenGL(R) API, enables digital content authoring
 application developers to easily integrate video, audio and graphics
 capabilities into their application suites, and makes these applications
 portable over multiple operating systems, CPU architectures and add-in
 hardware devices.
     Members of the Press are invited to attend a Press Conference at the
 Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas in the Casanova Room #506 today, Tuesday April 24,
 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
     The OpenML 1.0 specification is complete and entering a final review, with
 public availability expected by mid-year.  The specification can then be used,
 royalty free, by any adopting company that desires to integrate OpenML
 functionality into hardware or software products.  Commercial implementations
 of OpenML 1.0 are expected on IRIX(R), Linux, and Microsoft Windows(R)
 platforms and the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment, with shipments starting
 later this year.
     Also announced today was the creation of a new Khronos Group initiative to
 standardize subsets of both OpenML and OpenGL to create small-footprint APIs
 to bring dynamic media capabilities to a wide variety of appliances and
 embedded devices.  Khronos will focus on producing API profiles to meet the
 requirements of a range of market segments such as safety-critical automotive
 and avionics displays, handheld and line-powered appliances and rich-media
 devices such as advanced digital TVs, set top boxes and game consoles.
 Embedded industry leaders have stated their intent to join the Khronos group
 to support this initiative, including Wind River Systems, Inc., a leading
 provider of embedded software and services for smart devices.
     "Wind River is committed to providing technology that allows our customers
 to more easily develop next-generation, smart connected devices," said
 Joerg Bertholdt, director of product marketing for Wind River's Platforms
 business unit.  "Open standards for rich multimedia content, which address the
 constraints of embedded devices, will play a key role in enabling
 next-generation digital TVs, set-top boxes and in-car infotainment systems.
 Wind River is a long standing supporter of industry standards and will
 continue to provide industry leading implementations."
     "The Khronos Group is the right group at the right time to create a
 significant market growth opportunity for embedded graphics," said
 Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  "The
 concentration of graphics expertise in Khronos, combined with broad support
 from the embedded industry will result in the APIs we need to unleash advanced
 graphics and rich-media on a wide variety of embedded platforms."
     By standardizing authoring and embedded APIs, the Khronos Group is now
 working to create a high degree of compatibility and synergy between software
 environments for both dynamic media creation and delivery.  Upcoming OpenML
 developments include refinements to the specification, reference
 implementations and definition of conformance tests to ensure a high level of
 consistency between OpenML-compliant devices.  All OpenGL-based work in the
 Khronos Group is being undertaken with the support of the OpenGL ARB, the
 governing body for the OpenGL specification.
 
     About OpenML
     In current digital media programming environments, developers are required
 to deal with different APIs for video, audio and graphics across each platform
 they support.  OpenML provides a complete programming environment, with two
 distinct APIs and a set of OpenGL extensions, which enable applications to
 easily take advantage of standardized rich media hardware capabilities across
 multiple platforms.  The first API, "ML," is based on dmSDK 2.0, SGI's
 industry-proven, third-generation digital media API, which provides
 comprehensive video and audio routing and processing capabilities with
 advanced media synchronization.  The second API,  "MLdc," provides
 sophisticated abstracted control over display devices.  The OpenGL extensions
 defined by OpenML seamlessly integrate video and 3D media elements and will
 enable OpenML-compliant OpenGL hardware to significantly accelerate the
 dynamic media authoring workflow.
 
     Open Developers Conference at NAB 2001
     To encourage broad industry involvement, the Khronos Group is
 restructuring to enable open membership at the Contributor level so that any
 company may join to participate in the development of specifications.  If your
 company specifies, develops or markets any products that use, generate or
 display dynamic media, you are encouraged to attend an OpenML Developer's
 Conference at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas in the Palazzo Ballroom A on
 Thursday, April 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Please visit
 www.3dlabs.com/khronos/developer.htm for more information.
 
     About the Khronos SIG
     The Khronos Group was founded in January 2000 by a number of leading
 graphics and digital media companies including 3Dlabs, ATI, Discreet, Evans &
 Sutherland, Intel, SGI and Sun Microsystems to promote the creation and
 deployment of rich media through the creation of open standard APIs to enable
 the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms
 & devices.  Go to www.khronos.org for more information.
 
     NOTE:  IRIX and OpenGL are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics,
 Inc., and OpenML is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., used with
 permission by the Khronos Special Interest Group.  Sun, and Solaris are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the
 United States and other countries.   Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
 Discreet is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc./Discreet Logic.  All other product
 names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and
 belong to their respective owners.
 
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