Press releases from January 2004


Futuremark® Announces Patch for PCMark™04

January 29, 2004 - -



Futuremark® Announces Patch for PCMark™04



Application Based Benchmark Provides Comprehensive PC Performance Measurement; Patch Expands Functionality and Improves Stability



Saratoga, California USA – January 29th, 2004 – Futuremark® Corporation announced today the immediate availability of a software patch to its PCMark™04, the latest version in the popular PCMark benchmark series. PCMark04 is a state-of-the-art benchmarking tool and has been widely adopted; over 2 million copies have been distributed since its launch in November 2003.
Available immediately, this free downloadable software patch provides expanded functionality for Pro and Business licensees and fixes some reported bugs while improving overall stability for all license versions - including the free evaluation package. The patch will not affect any current benchmark scores.
PCMark04 builds on Futuremark’s strong benchmark development experience and provides a sophisticated tool for measuring PC performance for home usage. PCMark04 supports the complete benchmark cycle – allowing you to benchmark your PC, view the resulting benchmark details, compare your results to those of others, and finally analyze how to improve your PC performance. It produces highly reliable and detailed benchmarking results with a simple, intuitive user interface. An integrated Online ResultBrowser allows instant results comparison against more than 10 million benchmark results in Futuremark’s ever increasing performance database.

Technical Details associated with the PCMark04 Patch (Build 110):
  • Hard Disk Tests now work also on Windows 2000;
  • Command line options have been added for the Pro version (enables automated test runs based on self developed scripts);
  • WMV Compression test stability has been improved;
  • All reported and reproduced minor issues have been fixed.
Futuremark’s official mirrors carry both a 2.6MB patch download for current PCMark04 users and a full 36MB download of the PCMark04 Build 110 for new users. A list of official mirrors can be found at http://www.futuremark.com/download/.

Pricing and Availability
PCMark04 is available in two versions: PCMark04 Pro for private use and PCMark04 Business for commercial and business use. The software is available from http://www.futuremark.com/products/pcmark04/ for $19.95 for private use and $199.95 for business use. A limited functionality version of PCMark04 is freely available at http://www.futuremark.com/download/ for evaluation purposes.

Note to Editors
For your free evaluation copy of PCMark04, please email marketing@futuremark.com and tell us the publication that you represent.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and PCMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 10 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2004 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark® and PCMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Company Contacts:
Futuremark Corporation
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
+1-408-517-0131
tero@futuremark.com

Agency Contact:
TechWire International
Leo Pot
+1-831-429-6288
information@ezwire.com

Futuremark Corporation Launches Symbian based Smartphone Benchmark Development Program

January 7, 2004 - -



Futuremark Corporation Launches Symbian based Smartphone Benchmark Development Program



Key Industry Players to Cooperate with new Benchmark Development



Saratoga, CA and Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2004 - Futuremark® Corporation, a leading provider of PC performance analysis software and services, announced today a strategic initiative with the launch of its new Benchmark Development Program for Symbian based Smartphones. Key industry partners, including ATI Technologies, Imagination Technologies (PowerVR), Intel, Khronos Group, Neomagic, and NVIDIA, have joined Futuremark’s Smartphone Benchmark Development Program.
“Increasingly, the application performance of a mobile phone is becoming an important criteria for consumers in the purchasing decision process”, said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. “Power efficiency is a tightly coined factor, and it is important to measure how much power different phones consume when running today's and tomorrow's most demanding workloads. The early participation of important industry players will bring diversity to the program and is a validation of the work we have done so far”, Sarkkinen continued.
Futuremark Corporation has completed the initial specification and has now started the implementation of the new mobile platform benchmark. It will measure the performance and power efficiency of Symbian based smartphones and will include OpenGL ES API 3D game scenes, image processing as well as native Symbian applications such as address book and calendar. Symbian is a software licensing company owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Panasonic, Psion, Samsung Electronics, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. The company supplies the Symbian OS open standards operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, Fujitsu F2102V and F2051, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900, Nokia 9210 Communicators and 9290 Communicator as well as the Nokia 7650, 6600, 3650, 3600 and N-Gage.
The completed benchmark is scheduled for shipment during the second quarter of this year. Smartphone Benchmark Development Program members have access to all development versions of the benchmark. Upon launch, the benchmark will become publicly available as binary executable.
"ATI Technologies and our customers provide leadership in efficient mobile and wireless technologies across a wide range of market segments. We are very happy to work with Futuremark, an acknowledged leader in benchmark products and analytical technologies, to provide important data about the performance and power capabilities of mobile products to the industry, media and end users", said Azzedine Boubguira, Director of Marketing of Handheld Products Group with ATI Technologies.
Said Mark Butler, VP Software Products and Relations (PowerVR), Imagination Technologies: "It is important that Futuremark, the developer of the standard PC graphics benchmark, has created a Symbian platform benchmark. A comprehensive third party application for benchmarking the increasingly complex multimedia available on Symbian platforms will be a great benefit to the industry allowing customers to make informed choices about graphics technology deployment."
"As the world leader in visual processing, NVIDIA is pleased to help Futuremark create an objective benchmark for Symbian based devices", said Philip Carmack, Vice President, and General Manager of Handheld Products of NVIDIA. "Reviewers and consumers will benefit greatly from the ability to objectively gauge these new technologies."
"Neomagic is working closely with Futuremark to provide input into the new smartphone benchmark”, said Mark Singer, VP of Neomagic. "As a pioneer in multimedia-rich Applications Processors, our feedback and suggestions will assist in cementing Futuremark’s new benchmark to be the most comprehensive testing tool for mobile platform technologies".
"Symbian believes that hardware acceleration and processor optimizations are increasing in importance", said Bill Pinnell, Product Strategist, Multimedia, Games & Content. "The difficult part is to support the many varied types of hardware in a standard fashion. We see the development of benchmarking tools such as Futuremark's smart phone benchmark to be a valuable utility that can be used by device and semiconductor manufacturers to showcase new technology on Symbian OS."
For more information about the Benchmark Development Program, please visit the new BDP Pages.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of computer performance analysis software and services. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and PCMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 10 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2003 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark® and PCMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Company Contacts:
Futuremark Corporation
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
+1-408-517-0131
tero@futuremark.com

Agency Contact:
TechWire International
Leo Pot
+1-831-429-6288
information@ezwire.com

BAPCo® RELEASES WebMark® 2004

January 6, 2004 - -



BAPCo® RELEASES WebMark® 2004



The latest version of the Internet Client metric based on real world Web applications



Burlingame, California - January 6th, 2004 – BAPCo® released today, WebMark® 2004, the latest version of the Internet Client metric based on real world Web applications that measures and enables comparison of PC performance based upon Information Processing and Commercial Transactions. BAPCo® is a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers.
WebMark® 2004 is a ground-up development, featuring new user driven workloads. Usage models and scenarios are developed by experts using the Internet in manners which reflect current and future computing trends. These factors have enabled BAPCo to create a second generation of the WebMark benchmark to further support Internet client testing by IT Managers, PC OEMs, press and analysts worldwide.
WebMark 2004 represents a significant advance in ease of use for the testing of Internet client environments. Featuring two modes of operation, official scores can be reported in either on-line and offline mode. Offline mode enables users to discover the Internet client performance of their PC using content stored locally. On-line mode requires an additional server to host test content but further empowers users to measure additional technologies such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and web services.
WebMark 2004 is an Internet technology based benchmark that accurately reflects usage patterns for business users in two Internet usage categories - Information Processing and Commercial Transactions.
Each category represents the workload of a simulated user accomplishing a set of common tasks.

Information Processing
Information Processing is composed of activities focused on users viewing, researching and managing information on the Internet. Three websites - Portal, Research and Training are created to represent common Internet sites and activities that fall in this scenario.
Portal: Represents intranet portals that offer company news, organizational updates and serve as a one-stop shop for employee services and intranet applications.
Research: Represents activities that companies perform as they research customer issues or claims.
Training: Represents those activities involved in the delivery of rich media content and data visualization for online training classes.

Commercial Transactions
Commercial Transactions is composed of activities involved in the commercial exchange of goods or services. Three websites - Purchasing, Finance and Marketplace are created to represent common Internet sites and activities that fall in this scenario.
Purchasing: Represents activities involved in the purchasing of goods or service from an online retailer or merchant.
Finance: Represents activities provided by financial institutions for delivering trading services or financial information utilities such as stock quotes.
Marketplace: Represents activities provided by an online marketplace that offers interactive tools to assist buyers and sellers in making purchasing decisions.
WebMark utilizes the leading web plug-ins and technologies such as: Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® v6.0, Macromedia® Flash Player V7.0.14.0, Microsoft® Windows Media Player® 9 series, Macromedia® Shockwave Player v 8.5.1, DHTML, JavaScript, Java Applets (SUN JRE 1.4.1), W3C SSL, XML and .NET® Framework v1.1
BAPCo's WebMark® 2004 builds upon its predecessors utilizing the strongest and broadest development team in PC benchmark history. BAPCo's depth of membership represents the breadth of the computing industry and harnesses a consortium of experts.

BAPCo's WebMark 2004 Software and Hardware Requirements:
Webmark 2004 Client requirements:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. 128 MB RAM (non-shared RAM). A CPU frequency of 500Mhz (or comparable rating) or above and 2.0 GB Free hard disk space for installation and 1 GB during each run. A Windows® compatible graphics adapter supporting 16-bit color at 1024 x 768, sound card and network adapter (recommended use of 100baseT card for optimal performance).
WebMark 2004 Server requirements: (Only required for on-line mode)
A CPU frequency of 500Mhz (or comparable rating) or above and 1.0 GB Free hard disk space. 256 MB RAM. A Windows® compatible graphics adapter, sound card and network adapter (recommended use of 100baseT card for optimal performance).
WebMark 2004 is being distributed by Futuremark, a leading provider of PC performance benchmarking software and web services.

Ordering Information:
BAPCo's WebMark 2004 is available for $299.95 USD. Please visit http://www.bapco.com/store.html for further details and to place an order.

About BAPCo®
The Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo) is a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers. Current BAPCo membership includes: AMD, ARCintuition Inc, ATi Technologies Inc, CNET Labs, Computer Shopper, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Toshiba, VNU Business Publications Limited (UK) and ZDNet.

About Our Distributor, Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation, formerly known as MadOnion.com™, is the leading provider of computer performance analysis software and services. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and PCMark™2002 (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 10 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

Contact Details:
For more information, visit www.bapco.com or www.futuremark.com
BAPCo press Inquiries:
press@bapco.com
BAPCo Membership information and support:
John Peterson
BAPCo
Operations Manager
Phone: +1-408-988-7654
john_peterson@bapco.com

Sales and ordering:
Site Licensing:
sales@bapco.com

Individual ordering:
Tero Sarkkinen
Futuremark
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
tero@futuremark.com

*BAPCo and WebMark are registered trademarks of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. MobileMark is a trademark of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. Futuremark is a registered trademark of Futuremark. All other names mentioned are trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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