Press releases from January 2007


Futuremark PC Benchmark Development Programs Expand With Compal Membership

January 31, 2007 - Pasi Virtanen


Futuremark PC Benchmark Development Programs Expand With Compal Membership

PCMark and 3DMark BDP ranks expand with addition of first Taiwanese laptop manufacturer



Saratoga, California - January 31, 2007 - Futuremark Corporation, the world’s leading provider of system performance analysis software and services for PCs, announced today that Taipei based Compal Electronic, Inc. (TAIEX: 2324) has joined both its PCMark BDP and 3DMark BDP. Compal, with reported 2006 revenue of over $9.4 billion US is the first Taiwanese notebook PC manufacturer to join into either of Futuremark’s industry lauded Benchmark Development Programs.

Futuremark’s PCMark and 3DMark Benchmark Development Programs (BDP) build partnerships with leading PC hardware and technology manufacturers, allowing them to participate in the specification and design of unbiased system performance tools. Futuremark provides BDP Members access to pre-production versions of benchmarks to elicit feedback from those Members. Current PCMark and 3DMark BDP Members are cooperating in the development of benchmarks for the upcoming Microsoft® Windows Vista™ operating system.

"We are honoured to welcome Compal to the ranks of the PCMark and 3DMark BDP Membership. Compal has a significant interest in the performance of their notebook products, as is evident by their recent release of gaming targeted systems. said Oliver Baltuch, Futuremark’s VP of Sales and Marketing, North America. Compal is already helping to enhance the performance benefits to all Notebook products resulting from their steady input to the BDP."

About Compal Electronics Inc.

Established in 1984, Compal Electronics and its professional management team have built a reputation for creating top quality products. Successfully incorporating emerging market trends into the product development process, Compal has earned the trust of consumers and established itself as an influential leader in the global IT industry. In 2006, total annual revenue reached $9.4 billion USD with a worldwide workforce of over 22,000. Compal maintains branches in Taiwan, China, the U.S., and the U.K., providing customers with prompt support and flexible services.

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, SPMark™ and VGMark ™ (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

© 2007 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. Windows Vista is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. 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



Futuremark Releases VGMark07, the OpenVG Benchmark

January 16, 2007 - Pasi Virtanen


Futuremark Releases VGMark07, the OpenVG Benchmark

Benchmark compares performance of both hardware and software implementations with real world vector graphics application workloads



Saratoga, CA – January 16th, 2007 - Futuremark, publishers of the world’s most acclaimed benchmarks for handhelds and PCs, announced today the release of VGMark07, the OpenVG™ Benchmark. This new benchmark will provide unbiased vector graphics performance data for handset manufacturers, ODMs, semiconductor companies and network operators within the handheld industry. VGMark07 is the first product that will enable the handheld industry and media to make objective and accurate cross platform performance comparisons of OpenVG 1.0 API enabled hardware and software solutions. VGMark07 is targeted for devices that are fully compliant with the OpenVG 1.0 API specification and which pass all Open VG conformance tests.

Simulating real world vector graphics workloads, VGMark07 is a suite of tests comprised of demanding consumer level applications and feature tests. Application tests such as user interface navigation and map based navigation provide performance comparisons of a broad array of OpenVG features. VGMark07’s feature tests provide comprehensive performance data for specific aspects of OpenVG functionality. Feature tests include segment count, fill rate and path count, and image quality tests for rendering, anti-aliasing and image quality. VGMark07 is fully configurable to support a variety of resolutions and image quality settings via scripting.

"We’re seeing a significant number of handset manufacturers implementing the OpenVG 1.0 API in next generation hardware, providing their future customers with compelling new interfaces, applications and functionality. To help these industry pioneers produce optimally performing products, we’ve created VGMark07 to simulate the demanding workloads of vector graphic dependant applications" said Petri Talala, Futuremark’s Vice President of Mobile Business. "Ultimately, helping the industry build better performing OpenVG-enabled devices will lead to broader use of vector graphics applications by consumers around the world."

OpenVG, accelerating vector graphics on handheld devices

OpenVG is a royalty-free, cross-platform API developed by the Khronos Group, a consortium of over one hundred of industry leading companies. OpenVG is the industry’s first standardized low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics libraries such as Flash and SVG. OpenVG is targeted primarily at handheld devices that require acceleration of high-quality vector graphics for compelling user interfaces, applications such as navigation and high-quality text on small screen devices. OpenVG provides hardware acceleration for Bezier-based graphics for the first time to provide fluidly interactive performance at very low power levels.

"OpenVG is becoming widely available as multiple silicon vendors begin to ship optimized drivers for this innovative API that enables direct, Bezier-based vector graphics acceleration," said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group. "Effective benchmarking is essential for the commercial success of any graphics API and Khronos is delighted that Futuremark has applied its industry-leading expertise to create VGMark07. Futuremark’s proven credibility and unmatched benchmarking experience will be a big factor in driving the success of both OpenVG and VGMark07."

Availability

VGMark07 is currently available to industry media and via license to any interested operator, mobile industry manufacturer, chipmaker or developer. The benchmark is available in selected binary versions and in OS independent source code. VGMark07 source code will allow licensees to integrate the benchmark to their own hardware and OS platforms. Pricing is available from Futuremark on request by contacting sales@futuremark.com.

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, SPMark™ and VGMark ™ (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.

© 2007 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 trademark of Khronos Group Inc. in the Untied States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Futuremark Contact

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



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