OpenMAX

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The Khronos Group's new API OpenMAX is an API that provides hardware accelerated routines especially useful for computer graphics and in devices that process large amounts of data in predictable ways. OpenMAX intends to provide the interface between physical hardware, such as DSP chips and CPUs, and software, like video codecs and 3D engines. It offers functions that process time-critical operations like color space conversion and matrix multiplication, relieving individual device manufacturers of writing such low level code themselves. OpenMAX frees time for product manufacturers to focus on higher-level applications like music players and address books. The OpenMAX API is supported by the Playstation 3 console.

The OpenMAX Working Group was founded alongside sister project OpenVG on July 6th, 2004. Founding members included ARM, Motorola, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.

OpenMAX, like sister Khronos Group project OpenVG, aims to have released specifications by the end of 2004.

Resources

  • Khronos Group OpenMAX Overview [1] (http://www.khronos.org/openmax/)
  • Khronos Group Press Releases OpenMAX [2] (http://www.khronos.org/news/releases/openmax_Jul6_2004.html)
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