Press releases from May 2007


Futuremark Debuts SPMark™ for Symbian OS v9

May 9, 2007 - Pasi Virtanen


Futuremark Debuts SPMark™ for Symbian OS v9

Enables independent performance testing and comparison of the latest Symbian smartphones



Espoo, Finland – May 9, 2007 – Futuremark Corporation, the industry leading provider of system performance analysis software and services for cell phones, handhelds and PCs today announced the general availability of SPMark for Symbian OS v9.

SPMark for Symbian OS v9 is the most comprehensive benchmark for modern smartphones. The product works on the latest Symbian OS™ devices, and enables users to professionally measure and compare performance across various smartphones and workloads. SPMark gives an easy-to-understand SPMark score for Symbian OS v9 smartphones which is fully comparable with scores obtained from other supported devices running the same software. The benchmark is immediately available in 2 different versions:

  • Free end-user/consumer version that includes 3D gaming and theoretical tests for 3D performance evaluation
  • Pro version that additionally includes system tests for Symbian applications (e.g. calendar and contacts database), customizable test runs and a battery test.

SPMark for Symbian OS v9 is a new product in the SPMark series of Symbian OS benchmarks. The first product, SPMark04, was released in 2004 and supports Symbian OS v6.x, v7.x and v8.x smartphones.

Both SPMark for Symbian OS v9 and SPMark04 contain the same system tests, making it easy to compare the two results.

"Mobile operators, mobile media and even consumers can now use our SPMark for Symbian OS v9 benchmark to measure and compare the performance, usefulness, and power consumption between a wide range of smartphones including the latest Symbian OS phones from Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, LG and Samsung.", said Petri Talala, Vice President, Mobile Business for Futuremark Corp.

"Increasingly, consumers are choosing high performance phones with rich multimedia application support for cool graphics. Symbian is working with the industry to enable mobile handset manufacturers to use the latest and greatest graphics and multimedia acceleration technology." said Mike Whittingham, Vice President, Ecosystem Development for Symbian. "Futuremark's SPMark enables the whole industry to evaluate the performance and usefulness of new hardware with the real-world application content and system level tests that will be appearing on Symbian OS v.9x smartphones."

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. Symbian, and Symbian OS are trademarks of Symbian Software Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Company Contact:

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



ARM First to License OpenGL ES 2.0 Benchmarks From Futuremark

May 2, 2007 - Pasi Virtanen


ARM First to License OpenGL ES 2.0 Benchmarks From Futuremark

World leader in mobile applications processors and graphics hardware to use Futuremark’s tools to optimize OpenGL ES 2.0 3D performance



Saratoga, California – May 2, 2007 – Futuremark Corporation, industry leading provider of mobile phone performance analysis software and services announced today that ARM [(LSE:ARM): (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] is the first licensee of both their SimulationMark ES 2.0 and 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 benchmark products. ARM is expanding the relationship beyond active membership in Futuremark’s Handheld Benchmark Developer Program (BDP) membership to include full licensing of Futuremark’s OpenGL ES 2.0 3D performance analysis products. The benchmarks will provide ARM with dedicated OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics workloads targeted towards mobile platforms to assist with objective performance evaluations of ARM graphics IP solutions for partners.

ARM has stated that SimulationMark ES 2.0 and 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 will fill a void within the mobile industry, providing forward looking mobile 3D game content. This contributes to the creation and validation of performance balanced OpenGL ES 2.0 solutions, with verifiable performance data for silicon providers and OEMs. With the ARM® Mali200™ graphics processing unit optimized for OpenGL ES 2.0 and by referencing game development community feedback, ARM recognized early that Futuremark was heading in the right direction to help industry players to bridge the gap between the mobile industry value chain and the gaming community.

"ARM has recognised the challenge that mobile device manufacturers face in the absence of any set metrics from content providers for hardware performance requirements. Sound decisions rely on the availability of benchmarks that are well supported by the major players in the gaming community," said Borgar Ljosland, graphics business development manager, ARM. "ARM is working with its Connected Community members to close the disconnect that has existed between the gaming and mobile value chains and as part of this we are actively contributing to Futuremark's BDP, providing feedback from our experiences into the benchmarking process".

Futuremark’s OpenGL ES 2.0 Toolset Overview
3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 is a complete OpenGL ES 2.0 test suite that includes 3D game content workloads and an array of OpenGL ES 2.0 API feature tests. Licensees are able to objectively evaluate and verify real-world gaming performance on existing OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware. SimulationMark ES2.0 evaluates pre-silicon OpenGL ES 2.0 design performance, allowing hardware designs to be tested without requiring the actual hardware to exist. The product is a combination of theoretical and practical shader test workloads based on high level shader and parameter descriptions published by Futuremark. Both benchmarks are defined and programmed by Futuremark in conjunction with the Handheld BDP member companies. The program’s membership includes AMD, ARM, Broadcom, DMP, Freescale Semiconductor, GiQuila, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Marvell, Mtekvision, NexusChips, NVIDIA, Renesas, Samsung, Symbian and Texas Instruments.

"ARM has clearly emerged as the central nucleus of mobile applications processors. This transition from BDP member to first full licensee delivers a powerful endorsement of our OpenGL ES 2.0 tools, serving as credible proof that our benchmarks have become the industry standard for measuring and comparing performance in cell phones, handhelds and other embedded applications," said Petri Talala, Vice President of Futuremark’s Mobile Business Unit. "We have long believed that our expertise in developing reliable performance analysis tools and services would provide the entire mobile industry with tools that will provide better performing graphics hardware, yielding a more enjoyable consumer experience. That vision is now becoming a reality."

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. OpenGL is a registered trademark and the OpenGL ES logo is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway AS.

Company 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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