Press releases from May 2009


Is your web browser holding you back?

May 12, 2009 - -


Is your browser holding you back?

The status quo means "uh oh" when it comes to performance


HELSINKI, FINLAND – MAY 12th, 2009 - Firefox and Internet Explorer between them can claim close to 90% of all web users. Yet results from over 400,000 users of the new Peacekeeper™ browser benchmark show that these two are at the bottom of the class when it comes to performance.

With Peacekeeper leaving beta today, Futuremark® Corporation has released some surprising statistics showing that the browsers with the highest performance scores are also the least popular with web users.

Peacekeeper - www.futuremark.com/peacekeeper - is a free online tool for measuring and comparing the performance of internet browsers. Many websites, such as social networks, video sharing communities and webmail services, place a heavy load on the web browser. For people who use these sites a lot, changing browsers to one that performs faster can make a dramatic difference.

Jukka Mäkinen, Head of PC Products and Services at Futuremark, said, "People have more choice now in how they experience the internet than ever before but most seem content to stick with the browser they have. It’s surprising that even though cost isn’t an issue, the browsers that offer the best performance are also the least popular, at least for now."

He went on to add, "We’re finding that Peacekeeper is driving people to try browsers they may not have considered before. Our data suggest that Chrome is benefitting most from a combination of strong Peacekeeper performance scores and features that people seem to like."

Web users can run Peacekeeper now by visiting www.futuremark.com/peacekeeper

For more Peacekeeper updates and new browser announcements follow @FM_Peacekeeper on Twitter. www.twitter.com/fm_peacekeeper

Further information for editors:

Table: Browser performance and popularity in Peacekeeper (beta)

Browser Version Peacekeeper Score* Visitors to Futuremark
Safari 4.0 Beta 12220.8%
Chrome 1.0.154.49 8743.7%
Opera 9.64 4636.3%
Firefox 3.0.10 39731.5%
Internet Explorer 8.0 280 57.3%

Caption: Safari and Chrome, currently the fastest browsers, run JavaScript operations four times faster than the slowest, Internet Explorer, yet are used by a tiny fraction of all internet users.

*Results from a sample PC using an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 processor

What is Peacekeeper?
Peacekeeper is a free online browser benchmarking tool. With Peacekeeper it’s quick and easy to compare different browsers to find out which one offers the best performance on your PC. Web users can run Peacekeeper now by visiting www.futuremark.com/peacekeeper

How does Peacekeeper work?
Peacekeeper measures a browser’s ability to handle JavaScript functions. JavaScript is a widely used programming language used in the creation of modern websites to provide animation, navigation, forms and other common requirements. For users who prioritize speed and performance, Peacekeeper helps answer the question of which browser is best for them.

What does a Peacekeeper score represent?
Peacekeeper scores are measured in operations per second or rendered frames per second depending on the test. When ‘browser X’ scores twice as much as ‘browser Y’ on the same PC it means that for a given test either: - X ran twice as many operations as Y in the same time period - Or X ran the test in half the time as Y - Or X rendered the test with twice the frame rate of Y

Or in plain language, by choosing a browser with a high Peacekeeper score users are ensuring a faster and smoother web experience.

Complete FAQ: http://service.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/faq.action

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 3DMark® (with more than 45 million copies distributed worldwide), PCMark®, Peacekeeper, SPMark™ and VGMark™ and value-added services powered by the ORB, an online database of over 30 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Peacekeeper™, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Contact information
North America:
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: oliver.baltuch@futuremark.com

Europe and ROW:
Jukka Mäkinen
Vice President, PC Products and Services
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com



Futuremark announces world’s largest PC overclocking competition

May 12, 2009 - -


Futuremark announces world’s largest PC overclocking competition

Sponsored by MSI, Huntkey, Thermaltake, GlacialTech, Enermax, Patriot Memory, this worldwide contest will see three regional winners crowned the "Lords of Overclocking"


SARATOGA, CA – MAY 18th, 2009 - Futuremark® Corporation today announced a new competition for PC overclockers everywhere. The contest will see game, DIY, and overclocking enthusiasts from Europe, Asia and the Americas competing for the "Lord of Overclocking" title for their region. With Futuremark anticipating over 200,000 entries, the online contest will be the largest overclocking competition ever staged.
http://www.futuremark.com/community/competitions/overclocking/regional09
Twitter: http://twitter.com/yougamergirl

The contest will run from May 18th to June 14th with prizes on offer for the top weekly, random, and overall winners in each region. Furthermore, one overall top winner will also be invited to attend the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 event in Beijing, China in September 2009.

Grand Prize includes: MSI P45 Diamond motherboard and N260GTX VGA card, Huntkey X7 900W power supply, Thermaltake Element S pro case, GlacialTech XWing NB Cooling Pad, Enermax Apollo (8cm+12cm) cooling fans.

Weekly prizes include: MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard and N250GTS VGA card, Huntkey X7 800W power supply, Thermaltake V9 gaming case, GlacialTech UFO CPU Cooler, Enermax Cluster, Everest, Magma (8cm+12cm) cooling fans.

Weekly random prizes: Patriot Memory 3GB 1600Mhz Viper Tri-Channel memory kits.

"Overclocking is growing in popularity all the time and on average we see a new benchmark result submitted to our database every 4 seconds. This worldwide competition gives people in three regions the chance to compete for great prizes. We will be surprised if records are not broken," said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark’s Vice President, Products and Services.

"This is the largest overclocking event of its type we’ve ever seen. We’re delighted to be supporting overclockers everywhere with this community building competition," said Jason Lee, MSI’s Marketing Director.

Contestants will be competing to see who can achieve the highest score with 3DMark06, a benchmark program from Futuremark that measures the 3D gaming performance capabilities of PCs. 3DMark software has been downloaded more than 45 million times. The 3DMark06 edition is currently the world’s most popular benchmark and can be downloaded for free from the Futuremark website. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/

For further details of the "Lords of Overclocking" competition visit http://www.futuremark.com/community/competitions/overclocking/regional09

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 3DMark® (with more than 45 million copies distributed worldwide), PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ and value-added services powered by the ORB, an online database of over 30 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Peacekeeper™, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Contact information
North America:
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: oliver.baltuch@futuremark.com

Europe and ROW:
Jukka Mäkinen
Vice President, PC Products and Services
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com



TAKUMI Corporation Joins Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program

May 12, 2009 - -


TAKUMI Corporation Joins Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program

Specialist brings graphics IP core experience to help shape future benchmarks for mobile and embedded industries


HELSINKI, FINLAND – MAY 12th, 2009 - Futuremark® Corporation, the world’s leading developer of performance-analysis software and services for smartphones, handheld devices and PCs, announced today that Tokyo based TAKUMI Corporation has joined its Handheld Benchmark Development Program (BDP). TAKUMI Corporation is a privately held IP core provider specializing in the design and development of low-power, high performance graphics accelerators for the next generation of consumer handheld devices.

"This is just the beginning of TAKUMI's global strategic initiatives yet a critical one,” says Osamu Shigenami, CEO of TAKUMI Corporation. "TAKUMI's key drivers have been our silicon-proven IP cores with 30+ tape-outs with over 20 licenses. I am excited to announce joining the Futuremark BDP, which will surely be a new driving factor for our solid and consistent growth in the global market."

Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc. said "TAKUMI’s 3D and VG graphics processors have already been adopted by a broad range of embedded systems and consumer electronics products. Their experience in this growing consumer market combined with their design and engineering excellence adds new value to our Benchmark Development Program ensuring that our benchmark products continue to best represent the needs of the industry."

Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program (BDP) membership includes leading mobile industry technology manufacturers. Working in partnership with these companies enables Futuremark to design high quality benchmark software with representative workloads agreed by those most active in the industry itself.

"It is very important for all IP core providers to keep delivering standardized and equitable performance results to our potential and existing customers,” says Hiro Nitta, TAKUMI CTO, and Tommy Asano, TAKUMI SW Group Manager, in chorus. "A fair shake of the dice enables the IP core users to make the right choices. We are committed to providing, in collaboration with Futuremark, the right dice, shaker, and consequently the right results for our users."

Futuremark's current handheld BDP Members include Intel, ARM, Broadcom, DMP, ETRI, Freescale Semiconductor, Vivante, Imagination Technologies, Chinese Ministry of Information and Industry, Marvell, Mtekvision, NexusChips, NVIDIA, Renesas, Samsung, Symbian, ST Micro and Texas Instruments.

For more information on Futuremark’s Benchmark Development Program and details of the company’s benchmark products and services for the mobile and embedded industries please visit www.futuremark.com/business

For more information on TAKUMI Corporation please visit http://www.gshark.com or http://www.gshark.com/en/ (English site)

About TAKUMI Corporation
Founded in 2003, TAKUMI licenses out its unique and Khronos OpenGL ES and OpenVG-compliant Graphics Accelerator IP cores for embedded systems and mobile information devices including digital still/video cameras, mobile phones, in-car displays and set-top boxes that enable the smallest size and power consumption as well as real rich 2D/3D/Vector Graphics intuitive user interface around the world. The company maintains headquarters in Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo. TAKUMI also has offices Kofu, Yamanashi.

About Futuremark Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation serves the mobile industry with professional application performance analysis tools and workloads. Our world renowned product portfolio includes 3DMark®Mobile for OpenGL ES 1.x and OpenGL ES 2.0, VGMark™ for OpenVG 1.x, and SPMark™ for Symbian, Windows Mobile, Linux and mobile Java. In addition, we license Kanzi, a 3D graphics UI engine to mobile, embedded and automotive device makers.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Kanzi, Mirada, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Contact information
North America:
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: oliver.baltuch@futuremark.com

Europe and Asia:
Tero Sarkkinen
CEO, Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +358 40 557 7887 (GMT +2)
Email: tero@futuremark.com



Futuremark Enhances 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 Benchmark with New 3D User Interface Tests

May 6, 2009 - -


Futuremark Enhances 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 Benchmark with New 3D User Interface Tests


HELSINKI, FINLAND – MAY 6th, 2009 - Futuremark has released an enhanced version of 3DMark®Mobile ES 2.0, their OpenGL® ES 2.0 benchmark. Created using Futuremark’s innovative Kanzi™ engine, 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 now includes two additional tests focused on user interface scenarios.

"Our 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0 benchmark now serves our customers even better," said Arto Ruotsalainen, Technical Project Manager at Futuremark. "User interfaces increasingly use 3D graphics and the new UI tests in 3DMarkMobile deliver a more representative set of benchmark results across the full spectrum of mobile and embedded systems."

"OpenGL ES 2.0 is becoming increasingly pervasive and advanced user interfaces are one of the key beachhead applications driving the adoption of mobile and embedded 3D acceleration," said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group. "Futuremark is one of the most respected graphics benchmarking companies in the business and so Khronos warmly welcomes this new 3D UI benchmark as a vital piece of the mobile graphics ecosystem that is enabling rich consumer experiences on millions of handsets and devices."

Tony King-Smith, VP of Marketing at Imagination Technologies added, "As a leading supplier of 3D graphics acceleration technologies, we are delighted that Futuremark is listening to their BDP Membership, and responding by expanding their 3DMarkMobile ES2.0 suite with a set of application workload tests that closely matches the broadening requirements of silicon manufacturers and OEMs. As one of the original members of Futuremark’s Mobile Benchmark Development Program and other groups such as Khronos, we work closely with many manufacturers, organizations and industry experts, and know that the benefits arising from these new user interface workloads will be appreciated by this rapidly expanding community."

For more information, please visit www.futuremark.com/business

About 3DMarkMobile ES 2.0
3DMark®Mobile ES 2.0 is a benchmark that tests the 3D graphics performance of next generation mobile hardware running OpenGL® ES2.0. Focused 3D workloads for game-like content, user interfaces and navigation tax OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware in a realistic and relevant way that enables impartial performance measurement and comparison between different solutions. It is used for product development, design evaluation and for media reviews of next generation mobile hardware devices. For more information please visit www.futuremark.com/business

About Futuremark Corporation
Futuremark Corporation serves the mobile industry with professional application performance analysis tools and workloads. Our world renowned product portfolio includes 3DMark®Mobile for OpenGL ES 1.x and OpenGL ES 2.0, VGMark™ for OpenVG 1.x, and SPMark™ for Symbian, Windows Mobile, Linux and mobile Java. In addition, we license Kanzi, a 3D graphics UI engine to mobile, embedded and automotive device makers.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Kanzi™, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™, VGMark™ and YouGamers™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. OpenGL® is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used under license by Khronos.

Contact information
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: oliver.baltuch@futuremark.com



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