Press releases from August 2007


YouGamers™, Futuremark's Web Site for PC Gamers, Dressed to Impress

August 21, 2007 - Nicklas Renqvist


YouGamers™, Futuremark's Web Site for PC Gamers, Dressed to Impress

After its successful beta stage, the site is now a complete and popular destination for the PC Gamer, full of original reviews and breaking news; Game-o-Meter™ service now supports both IE and Firefox.



Saratoga, CA - August 21, 2007 – Futuremark® Corporation, developers of 3DMark®, the worldwide standard in 3D game performance benchmarking, announced today that YouGamers™ (www.YouGamers.com) has finished its beta stage successfully and is now open with significant new features and services. The site publishes PC game reviews and previews, a unique service to estimate user's PC against game performance requirements, breaking industry news, exclusive interviews, and original articles.

YouGamers has become a trusted source of information for PC gamers with game reviews that show real world game performance on PCs ranging from modest, low-end machines to high-end dedicated gaming rigs. YouGamers' database contains all the latest and most popular PC titles, with ESRB ratings and publishers' system requirements. Unique to YouGamers, readers also find game reviewers' independent hardware recommendations for enjoyable game play. Every game listing also has an easy-to-use, integrated shopping service with price comparisons and direct purchase links for that game along with recommended hardware.

YouGamers takes community development seriously, with an extensive array of traditional forum and innovative Web 2.0 features implemented to grow an active community of PC gamers. An active discussion board with over 600,000 member posts, blogs, Shoutbox for broadcasted instant messaging, user ratings, and user tagging to categorize information round out the feature list. YouGamers also offers a gaming industry breakthrough feature; member created homepages with profile information, and game PC and performance statistics.

Game-o-Meter™, YouGamers' proprietary gaming performance analysis service, is the first of its kind in gaming websites and has quickly grown to be the most popular feature in the site. The service quickly and easily shows users which games their PC can play, and how well will those games run on their systems. It also is able to suggest hardware upgrade recommendations that are specific and optimal for the user's PC. This free service is based on Futuremark's comprehensive database of over 13 million 3DMark benchmark results. The Game-o-Meter service supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox as well as all other browsers with Java support.

YouGamers is first off the mark again with their stats pages which list all accumulated hardware details, including some surprising graphics card and operating system results. YouGamers' stats pages have proven to be a highly popular, breakout feature, giving top performing users bragging rights, and inspiring other users to build machines that compete with the best. Futuremark and YouGamers are both in a unique position to offer such services for free, since the former has the Online ResultBrowser (ORB) and the latter hosts the Game-o-Meter; both services record and rank real world user PC setups. The stats pages are found at this location on the YouGamers website: http://www.yougamers.com/community/userhardwarestats/

"YouGamers is without question a unique web resource for PC gamers. Our readers find information at our site that simply does not exist anywhere else on the web. YouGamers drills deep in the relationship between a user's PC and the performance requirements of PC games by providing real world performance assessments and making upgrade recommendations that radically improve game performance of the user's PC," said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Futuremark Corporation. "Of course, we offer reviews, news and game content, but we don't stop there. Our smarter approach to game websites takes the very best you'd hope for in a gaming website and goes a step further, altering your expectations, setting the bar far higher than ever before."

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 almost 20 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark(r) maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

© 2007 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™, VGMark™ and YouGamers™ 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 Contact:

USA:
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Email: ollie@futuremark.com
Phone: +1-408-517-0131

Europe and ROW:
Tero Sarkkinen
CEO, Futuremark Corporation
Email: tero@futuremark.com
Phone: +358-20-759-8268



Futuremark Announces 3D Content Creation Tool Chain for OpenGL ES 2.0

August 7, 2007 - Pasi Virtanen


Futuremark Announces 3D Content Creation Tool Chain for OpenGL ES 2.0

Unique real-time Content Pipeline and Game Engine enable cost-effective game content development for next generation OpenGL ES 2.0 enabled devices.



SIGGRAPH 2007, San Diego, California – August 7, 2007 – Futuremark® Corporation, the world’s leading developer of system performance analysis software and services for cell phones, handhelds and PCs, announced today the availability of a Content Creation Tool Chain for next generation devices which support OpenGL® ES 2.0 programmable mobile graphics API. Futuremark’s new toolset provides hardware developers and the mobile gaming community with a solution for creating, developing, and running OpenGL ES 2.0 3D games and applications content in real-time from popular 3D graphics applications including SOFTIMAGE|XSI® with roadmap plans for Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya®. The Futuremark Content Creation Tool Chain supports all important OpenGL ES 2.0 features from common effect frameworks including effects, render passes, render to texture, post processing and shadow maps.

Targeting the three leading 3D content creation applications, Futuremark’s Content Creation Tool Chain removes the barriers currently facing developers looking to produce real-time 3D content for embedded devices supporting native and open C++ API such as OpenGL ES. The toolset consists of three major components; Futuremark BFP™ (Big Fat Pipeline), Futuremark RSCGE™ (Radical Shader Crunching Game Engine), and Futuremark FMS™, a COLLADA™ compliant content data file.

Futuremark is currently marketing the toolset to hardware vendors in their Handheld BDP (Benchmark Developers Program) as well as to content and game developers in the embedded mobile device community. Futuremark states that benefits include enabling of cost-effective, professional quality real-time 3D content development, 3D content creation in parallel to OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware development, integration of existing 3D content applications such as SOFTIMAGE|XSI, and expanding opportunities for the mobile game developers.

Futuremark has successfully secured an undisclosed major semiconductor company and BDP member as first licensor of the Content Creation Tool Chain, providing irrefutable evidence of the new tool chain delivering a powerful advantage to the leading vendors in mobile industry.

"By providing real-time 3D content creation tools for the mobile game development and application development community Futuremark enters a new era. Combining our well established core competencies with our strong portfolio in OpenGL ES, OpenVG and OpenKODE technologies enables Futuremark to provide this unique solution in the OpenGL ES 2.0 space. Ultimately, these tools will help accelerate the whole mobile industry, making it easier for developers and manufacturers to take the next step in Mobile 3D," said Petri Talala, VP of Mobile Business in Futuremark.

Availability
Futuremark Content Creation Tool Chain will be available in August, 2007 with a SOFTIMAGE|XSI plug-in. Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya plug-ins will be supported in the future. Licensing inquiries should be directed to 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. Khronos is a trademark of the Khronos Group Inc. COLLADA is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. used by permission by Khronos. 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.

Company Contact:

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



Vivante Corporation Joins Futuremark's 3DMark and Handheld Benchmark Development Programs

August 6, 2007 - Pasi Virtanen


Vivante Corporation Joins Futuremark's 3DMark and Handheld Benchmark Development Programs

Low-power graphics and multimedia IC startup joins established industry leaders with strategic interest in 3D graphics performance on handheld devices and PCs



San Diego, California (Siggraph) – August 6, 2007 – Futuremark Corporation, the world’s leading developer of performance-analysis software and services for smartphones, handheld devices and PCs, announced today that Sunnyvale, California based Vivante Corporation has joined both its 3DMark and Handheld Benchmark Development Programs (BDP). Vivante Corporation is a privately held fabless semiconductor company, specializing in the design and development of low-power graphics and multimedia ICs for next generation portables and handheld devices.

Start-up Vivante Corporation recently announced their silicon proven low power GPU architecture. Vivante GPU cores are being designed into 65nm SoC’s in multiple mobile applications. Vivante is a Khronos™ contributing Member Company, and listed by Khronos as an OpenGL® ES Adopters with OpenGL ES conformant products in development.

Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc. said "Vivante is developing low power graphics processors that have broad potential for success in the marketplace. Typically handheld power limitations serve as a stark contrast to dynamic 3D graphics performance and rich multimedia applications. Combining next generation graphics on a low-power consuming platform would provide a great benefit to consumers."

Futuremark's Handheld and 3DMark Benchmark Development Programs create partnerships with leading mobile industry and PC hardware and technology manufacturers, enabling them to participate in the specification and design of unbiased system and device performance tools. Additionally, Futuremark provides BDP Members access to pre-production versions of benchmarks to elicit feedback from their membership. Futuremark's 3DMark BDP Members include Ageia, AMD, Compal, Dell, Vivante, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA. S3, Sapphire, SIS and Velocity Micro. Current Handheld BDP Members include AMD, ARM, Broadcom, DMP, Freescale Semiconductor, Vivante, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Marvell, Mtekvision, NexusChips, NVIDIA, Renesas, Samsung, Symbian and Texas Instruments.

"Membership in Futuremark’s BDP provides us access to a suite of critical performance comparison tools for our design and development processes, permitting us to test OpenGL ES implementations in both software and silicon," said Wei-Jin Dai, CEO from Vivante Corporation. "Having valid, dependable 3D graphics performance data will be a great asset to our sales and marketing efforts in this competitive environment."

About Vivante
Vivante Corporation is a privately held fabless semiconductor company focusing on 3D technology for the handheld market. Architected from the ground up to provide the same visual reality found on PCs and game consoles, but with far less power consumption and die size. Vivante’s mission is to enable our partners to differentiate their mobile products with PC quality visual reality. Vivante Corporation is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with a subsidiary in Shanghai, China. For more information, visit http://www.vivantecorp.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 14 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. Khronos is a trademark of the Khronos Group Inc. 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.

Company Contact:

Futuremark, Inc.
Phone: +1-408-517-0910
Oliver Baltuch
President
Email: ollie@futuremark.com



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