11th January 2001

Imagination and Futuremark team up to bring Kanzi UI engine to POWERVR Insiders


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 UI
(user interface) engine and toolkit available to members of Imagination’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
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 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 Corporation

Futuremark
Corporation serves the mobile industry with professional application
performance analysis tools and workloads. Our world renowned product portfolio
includes 3DMark Mobile for OpenGL ES 1.x and OpenGL ES 2.0, VGMark for OpenVG
1.x, and SPMark 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.

Kanzi, Mirada,
3DMark, PCMark, SPMark and VGMark trademarks and logos, Futuremark
character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of
Futuremark Corporation.

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 includemobile 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: www.imgtec.com.


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