Google, Apple Join Khronos Group
The Khronos Group, which focuses “on the creation of open standard, royalty-free APIs,” has attracted some powerful new members. Google, Apple, Dell, and several other companies have joined the consortium. Khronos made the announcement at the SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition in Boston.
According to the press release, the Khronos Group already had over 100 members, including Epson, Fujitsu, Panasonic, and Qualcomm. Yet “this significant growth in membership, together with the announcement made today that the OpenGL ARB has voted to bring control of the OpenGL standard under Khronos, reinforces Khronos’ position as the preeminent body creating open, royalty-free standards for the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms.”
Dr. Jon Peddie, president of the Jon Peddie Research market research firm, gave his opinion of the group. “Khronos has been leading the charge in media standards for the mobile industry for over four years,” he said. “Khronos has truly become the place to be if your company has any interest in open standards for dynamic media and graphics on any platform.”
Acrodea, DAZ3D, Gremedy, Codeplay, and S3 Graphics also joined the Khronos Group. Andrew Richards, the managing director and chief software architect at Codeplay, was quoted in the press release. “It will be a privilege to work alongside other industry leaders in what is the pre-eminent standards setting body for the embedded graphics software world,” he said.
A Khronos representative, in the form of Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and vice president of embedded content at NVIDIA, was equally gracious. “We welcome all our new members as their expertise and market presence ensures that Khronos can accurately create standards that meet the needs of the entire industry,” he said.
“Khronos has now has the widespread industry participation needed to effectively leverage synergies between established and emerging media platforms – and so create new market opportunities for both,” Trevett stated.