Press releases from September 2006


AGEIA Joins Futuremark's 3DMark Benchmark Development Program

September 27, 2006 - Nicklas Renqvist


AGEIA Joins Futuremark's 3DMark Benchmark Development Program

Hardware accelerated physics pioneer endorses value of benchmarking via real-time 3D game content



Saratoga, California - September 27th, 2006 - Futuremark Corporation, the leading provider of system performance-analysis software and services for PCs and handheld devices, and AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., pioneers of hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced today that Mountain View, California based AGEIA has joined the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program.

Futuremark has created the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program (BDP) to build partnerships with leading PC and gaming industry stakeholders that have an interest in the development unbiased benchmark software that accurately measures the performance of next generation technology and hardware. Futuremark provides all its BDP Members with specifications and pre-production versions of its benchmarks and, in turn, evaluates the feedback provided by those members.

"Futuremark is pleased to welcome AGEIA to the 3DMark BDP. AGEIA brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in hardware acceleration of real-time physics to the BDP, and their advances in the marketplace offer great promise to the PC gaming environment" said Oliver Baltuch, Futuremark's VP of Sales and Marketing, North America. "AGEIA is fully committed to the development of fair and objective benchmarks and understands that as a result; consumers will get better performing hardware and software, and a more exciting gaming experience."

AGEIA develops hardware solutions that accelerate processor intensive advanced physics, enabling dynamic interaction in extremely complex immersive 3D games. Their flagship processor, the AGEIA PhysX, is the world's first dedicated hardware accelerator for advanced physics. AGEIA currently lists over sixty content partners that plan to support physics hardware acceleration in the next generation gaming platforms.

"Using hardware to accelerate compute-intensive advanced physics is our core business. Increasing the performance of specialized physics algorithms, typically requiring tremendous amounts of mathematical and logical calculations with massive memory bandwidth is important to us and our partners," Manju Hegde, CEO of AGEIA. "AGEIA recognizes that our participation in the specification and development of Futuremark's 3DMark will help us deliver the best performing physics acceleration solutions in the PC industry."

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark ® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software products for PCs and smartphones, and professional services including technology demos, performance analysis services and data research projects. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 13 million real life benchmarking results from over 3 million registered users. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

About AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.

AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., is the pioneer of hardware-accelerated physics for PC games and has developed the world's first dedicated physics processor, the AGEIA PhysX™ processor. The AGEIA PhysX processor powers massive and pervasive real-time interactive worlds that for the first time obey the laws of classical physics. AGEIA provides a world-class cross platform software development kit to simplify advanced physics programming for the PhysX processor, as well next-generation gaming consoles. AGEIA is changing the face of gaming by working with more than sixty leading developers and publishers to deliver the next generation of physically immersive entertainment. The company, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is privately-held. For more information visit http://www.ageia.com

© 2006 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark® and VGMark trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. AGEIA and PhysX are trademarks of AGEIA Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Futuremark Contact

Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0910
Mr. Oliver Baltuch
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America
Email: ollie@futuremark.com

AGEIA Contact

AGEIA Technologies
Phone: +1-650-210-3809
Miss Marti Miernik
PR Manager
Email: mmiernik@ageia.com



Futuremark’s Handheld BDP adds MtekVision

September 26, 2006 - Nicklas Renqvist


Futuremark’s Handheld BDP adds MtekVision

Leading mobile multimedia IC developer becomes first Korean member in benchmark development program



September 26, 2006, Espoo, Finland - Futuremark Corporation, the industry leading provider of system performance-analysis software and services for PCs, smartphones and a variety of handheld devices, today announced that MtekVision will be the first Korean based member of its handheld benchmark development program.

"We're very pleased to share the benefits of our handheld BDP with MtekVision, a Korean semiconductor company that is driving the future of multimedia on handheld and portable devices" said Petri Talala, Futuremark's Vice President of Mobile Business Unit. "With their recently announced OpenGL ES 1.1 compliant 3D graphics core, the "Pitta-F10", Futuremark's 3D performance benchmarks will greatly benefit both the development process and the end users of devices that integrate MtekVision's new IP."

MtekVision delivers innovative IC solutions that offer high performance 3D graphics acceleration with low power consumption for mobile and portable devices. Mtekvision's Pitta-F10 IP core offering OpenGL ES 1.1 compliance and a projected 4 million polygon per second throughput at QVGA resolution will launch in late 2006. MtekVision has been providing 3D graphics accelerators and leading edge performance solutions for mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, MP3 players and voice recorders since 1999, contributing ASIC design, system design, software and product design for over 200 consumer devices. MtekVision is headquartered in Seoul with a network of sales offices and representatives in the US, UK, France, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan and China. Further information about MtekVision can be found on their website: http://www.mtekvision.com/

Futuremark Corporation produces a family of industry standard handheld platform test suites that enable any company in the portable and handheld device delivery chain to properly validate their products' and technologies' performance. Futuremark's performance benchmarks are developed in partnership with BDP members, ensuring the tests' value for fairly measuring new technology and hardware performance. 3DMarkMobile06 is the OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 graphics performance gauge. SPMarkJava06 is an extensive Mobile Java MIDP 2.0 and JSR184/M3G performance measurement tool. VGMark07, still in development, will provide vector graphics performance measurement.

"MtekVision is excited to announce our partnership with Futuremark via their Handheld BDP. Our passion is to lead digital imaging technology in camera phones and camera IC, driving the evolution of machine vision" said Michael Lee, CEO of MtekVision. "With aptly designed technology benchmarks, our development teams can focus on maximizing performance."

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® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 13 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

© 2006 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark® and SPMark™ 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.

Futuremark Contact

Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +358 (0)20 759 8266
Mr. Petri Talala
Vice President of Mobile Business Unit
Email: petri.talala@futuremark.com



Futuremark Adds New Head of Mobile Business and Names Director of PC Operations

September 19, 2006 - Nicklas Renqvist


Futuremark Adds New Head of Mobile Business and Names Director of PC Operations

Petri Talala appointed as Vice President of Mobile Business; Jukka Mäkinen promoted to Director of PC Operations



Saratoga, California and Espoo, Finland - September 19th, 2006 - Futuremark Corporation, providers of world's leading performance benchmarks and services to the PC and handheld device industries announced today the appointment of Petri Talala as Vice President of Mobile Business. He will report directly to Risto Vehviläinen, CEO of Futuremark. Futuremark also announced today the promotion of Jukka Mäkinen to Director of PC Business Operations.

Jukka Mäkinen has been with Futuremark since 2004, in their Espoo, Finland office, fulfilling the role of PC Project Manager and occupying a seat on their internal steering group. Mäkinen has been able to develop internal programming processes instrumental to Futuremark's successful execution on numerous client projects and custom demos while overseeing the technical development of PC benchmark products. In his new role, Jukka will directly manage all PC projects, PC benchmarks and related development efforts, including management of the PC Business unit technical personnel.

Petri Talala will be responsible for directing Futuremark's global mobile business operations, maintaining a focus on sales and marketing of Futuremark's mobile/handheld Benchmark Development Programs, handheld benchmark products and promoting Futuremark services in the mobile sector including technology demos and performance analysis projects.

Talala has a distinguished career in the IT and Telecom fields, holding a number of executive level positions and playing key roles building and developing businesses in those sectors. He brings substantial experience in sales, marketing and business development to the role at Futuremark, honed from his successes at leading telecom companies in North America and Europe, including LM Ericsson and Tellabs Inc. As Sales Director of SSH Communications Security Corp. Talala was responsible for SSH's UK and Ireland business. His extensive qualifications will benefit Futuremark's business developing the mobile industry's most respected and broadly adopted hardware performance benchmarks.

"Futuremark has met with much success in the mobile and handheld markets. Their reputation within the industry, combined with their assets of benchmark products, professional services, and vast experience in graphics hardware and technology assures future successes in the mobile market" said Talala. "As we develop further business in the mobile and handheld market, I'm excited to help Futuremark meet its objectives for new growth while supporting its current mobile industry partners in their goals of delivering the best performing, next generation graphics technologies."

"Futuremark's business across all our segments continues to grow and expand internationally, enabling us to secure significant business opportunities and build top level partners in the mobile and PC industries. Petri's and Jukka's appointment serve these goals well" said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "With the addition of Petri to the Futuremark team, we are better positioned than ever before to respond to the needs of our customers and deliver the best performance benchmarking tools, programs and services in the mobile and PC spaces."

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark ® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software products for PCs and smartphones, and professional services including technology demos, performance analysis services and data research projects. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 13 million real life benchmarking results from over 3 million registered users. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

© 2006 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark® and VGMark trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. OpenVG is a registered trademark of Khronos Group Inc. in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Futuremark Contact

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



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