The OpenGL ES 2.0 specification has been finalized since 2007, but we didn’t get to use it in smartphones until 2009, when the iPhone and Android phones started supporting it in hardware. It still feels like a long time for the OpenGL ES specification to be updated, though. But the wait is over, as Khronos, the group responsible for OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenVL (augmented reality) and other open standards, has finally announced that the OpenGL ES 3.0 specification has been ratified.
The OpenGL ES 3.0 specification is largely an implementation of the desktop version of OpenGL 3.3, with some other features taken from OpenGL 4.x. Compared to [...]
HTC may not be in the best financial shape, but the Taiwanese would not go down without a fight. They put their best effort into the One series and delivered a set of beautiful devices that many considered the best in the world. Despite that, the One X was ultimately no match to the force of nature that is the Galaxy S3, and HTC failed to make a comeback to profitability. Moreover, the next quarter shapes up to be just as bad financially, so HTC needs to pull out something amazing if it wants to reverse its fortunes this year.
HTC’s secret weapon might be a new 5-inch smartphone, slated for a September-October release. According to Digitimes, HTC is working to bring a [...]
The GLBenchmark is now the standard benchmarking tool to compare mobile GPUs. We’re going to see a GLBenchmark 3.0 this fall with all the necessary tests for the new OpenGL ES 3.0 standard, but until then, we get a significantly improved GLBenchmark 2.5 version. The new version still tests only OpenGL 2.0 features, but does it in a much more aggressive way, leaving even the latest mobile GPUs struggling to achieve 15 FPS in most tests, let alone 30 FPS.
Considering that GLBenchmark 3.0 is just a few months away, and will probably arrive before any of the OpenGL ES 3.0 devices come to market, I’m surprised that the benchmark’s developers decided to [...]
When Qualcomm launched the new “Krait” CPU architecture, I was disappointed that it didn’t launch the new Adreno 3xx GPU architecture as well. Ever since Qualcomm bought the Adreno team and technology from AMD a few years ago, the Adreno GPUs have been at least slightly behind the competition.
The new Adreno 320 GPU that is arriving in the quad core S4 Pro SoC comes with some much needed features that should push mobile graphics forward. However, the performance of the GPU is ultimately not as good as it should’ve been, when compared to what will be available in the market by the time devices with Adreno 320 begin [...]
The Snapdragon S4 chip, based on the new Cortex A15-class Krait design, is currently the most advanced ARM processor core in the market. Along with the integrated LTE modem, the advanced design of the Krait architecture made the Snapdragon S4 very popular in US, both with manufacturers and end users.
But while the S4 is very good, it also has two big flaws. One is perhaps more marketing-related: being “just” a dual-core in a market filled with quad-core Cortex A9 chips. The second shortcoming, a real one this time, is the chip’s last-gen GPU. The Adreno 225 GPU is based on the very old Adreno 200 architecture, which is basically what [...]
HTC is working on a new flagship One device, presumably called One XXL. The name of the device might lead you to believe that it’s that Galaxy Note competitor that we heard about. Indeed, One XXL would’ve been a well suited name for a HTC-made phablet, but it seems that the device is actually an upgrade to the HTC One X (or One XL on AT&T and Bell).
The new One XXL can be called a next-gen device, seeing how it will have a quad-core S4 Pro SoC, with Adreno 320 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM, although the rest of the specs are not that new. You get the same 720p display (not that it should be any higher) and an 8MP rear-facing camera, which, if it would take [...]
TI announced the OMAP 5430 for the first time back in 2010, and I remember how excited people were about it, even though they should’ve moderated their excitement a little bit. The chip wasn’t supposed to come out for 2 years and who knows what we would see until then! Well, the OMAP 5430 is getting closer and closer to being introduced into the market, and TI is starting to show us more demos of it to get us excited about it once again.
The test ahead of Computex, seems to pit a tablet running the dual core Cortex A15 with an overclocked PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU versus the new iPad with the dual core A9 CPU and a PowerVR SGX 543MP4 GPU. The benchmark test is [...]