Futuremark have established an open development program to define and create VGMark07, the OpenVG Benchmark. This new benchmark will provide handheld industry companies developing OpenVG API enabled hardware with objective and accurate cross platform comparisons of OpenVG performance. To reliably gauge the performance of handheld devices running applications that utilize OpenVG API, workloads will be based on popular consumer applications that place a high demand on system performance. The methodology behind VGMark07 reflects Futuremark’s practice of building benchmark workloads based on real world applications to produce credible and relevant performance measurements. VGMark07 will allow handheld device manufacturers to select IP based on actual performance comparisons rather than relying on unproven claims or theoretical specifications.

Futuremark, creators of world’s most widely used benchmarks for handhelds and
PCs, announced they have established an open development program to define and
create VGMark07, the OpenVG Benchmark. This new benchmark will provide handheld
industry companies developing OpenVG API enabled hardware with objective and
accurate cross platform comparisons of OpenVG performance.

With over eight years experience invested in 2D, 3D and system benchmarking
applications, Futuremark is designing VGMark07 as a complete benchmark suite. To
reliably gauge the performance of handheld devices running applications that
utilize OpenVG API, workloads will be based on popular consumer applications
that place a high demand on system performance. The full suite of tests is
subject to change, pending industry and partner feedback during the development
process, but will replicate OpenVG API dependant tasks such as user interface,
text rendering, vector animation and mapping/navigation.

The methodology behind VGMark07 reflects Futuremark’s practice of building
benchmark workloads based on real world applications to produce credible and
relevant performance measurements. VGMark07 will allow handheld device
manufacturers to select IP based on actual performance comparisons rather than
relying on unproven claims or theoretical specifications.

"As substantial numbers of handheld manufacturers adopt the OpenVG API, we see a
solid opportunity to provide reliable, well designed performance tools for an
important segment of the handheld industry. We’re pleased to again be the first
benchmark developer to recognize the significance of this technology" said Tero
Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark.
"There’s a real demand for transparency in vector graphics performance, and by
leveraging our partnerships, experience and skills to develop a test suite of
real world workloads, we’ll enable the industry to build better performing
smartphones and other handheld devices."

OpenVG, accelerating vector graphics on handheld devices

OpenVG(TM) is a royalty-free, cross-platform API developed by the Khronos Group,
a consortium of over 100 of industry’s leading companies. OpenVG provides a
standardized low-level hardware acceleration interface for vector graphics
libraries such as Flash and SVG. OpenVG is targeted primarily at handheld
devices that require acceleration of high-quality vector graphics for compelling
user interfaces and text on small screen. These and many other applications
require hardware acceleration to provide fluidly interactive performance at very
low power levels.

"OpenVG provides many benefits to the handheld industry, as increasing numbers
of consumer applications relying on vector graphics such as Flash and SVG
emerge" said Koichi Mori, Chairman of Khronos’ OpenVG Working Group. "VGMark07
fulfils a critical role in the industry by enabling trusted objective
performance measurements and comparisons on devices and technologies across
board. Futuremark endorses our vision with their latest benchmark, while
providing the industry with the tools they need to select and build the best
performing hardware for future handheld device users."

Inviting industry participation

Futuremark is currently inviting qualified handheld industry companies to
pre-license the VGMark07. In addition to lowered licensing fees, pre-licensing
provides exclusive access to the benchmark specifications and early builds
including alpha and beta releases. Only pre-licensee companies will be able to
influence specification and implementation of the benchmark with their feedback
throughout the development of VGMark07. Pre-licensing runs through the end of
February, 2006.