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United Kingdom : Imagination and Hardkernel partner to deliver high-performance GPU capabilities on low-cost ODROID-XU development board.

Imagination Technologies (IMG.L), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, announced today that Hardkernel, a hardware supplier specialized in affordable open development platforms, has released the high-performance, low-cost ODROID-XU development board.

With ODROID-XU, developers can access the following applications programming interfaces (APIs):

Full OpenGL ES 2.0 for Android and Linux and OpenGL 2.1 for Linux,

A range of near OpenGL ES 3.0 features due to a series of OpenGL ES 2.0 extensions for Android and Linux,

OpenCL EP 1.1 for Linux,

Renderscript and Filterscript for Android.

The combination of all these capabilities allows developers to create new and compelling applications for mobile, using the full potential of Imagination s PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Says Amit Rohatgi, VP of segment marketing, Imagination: The ODROID-XU is an excellent example of how Imagination, together with key ecosystem partners including Hardkernel, is delivering on our strategic vision to enable the PowerVR developer ecosystem with all of the resources they require to achieve market leadership. This is part of our continued effort to grow the vibrant PowerVR developer community through programs with silicon partners, tools and middleware vendors, and OEM and hardware vendors.

Thanks to the PowerVR GPU, ODROID-XU developers can now access the full OpenCL EP API feature set in a production-ready form. The development system also provides a unique set of advanced features for the PowerVR GPU similar to the ones found in the next-generation OpenGL ES 3.0 API standard in the form of OpenGL ES 2.0 API extensions, enabling them to create new and more compelling applications leveraging the advanced capabilities of the PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Continues Rohatgi: We have been very impressed with Hardkernel s integration work utilizing our latest PowerVR Series5XT GPU. As a result, we feel Hardkernel is in a strong position to deliver affordable, high-quality development boards to the market, and provide developers with all of the hardware and software resources they need to design applications for the next wave of mobile computing.

Says Justin Lee, CEO of Hardkernel: We are very excited to offer developers access to a mainstream, open platform that enables them to write advanced applications which can take full advantage of the low-power, high-performance graphics and GPU compute available on Imagination s PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU.

Working with Imagination to optimize the PowerVR software for the ODRIOD-XU has been very rewarding. By integrating the latest PowerVR Series5XT DDK (Driver Development Kit), we have increased peak efficiency and lowered power consumption so that developers can achieve new levels of performance in mobile gaming, UI development and many other application areas.

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