NVIDIA Delivers Full Compatibility and Compliance for OpenGL 1.3 API

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SIGGRAPH – LOS ANGELES — AUGUST 14, 2001 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that it has fully implemented the new OpenGL® 1.3 Application Programming Interface (API), exposing new features and assisting developers in creating real-time cinematic effects. With its full support of the OpenGL 1.3 API, NVIDIA has enabled new features including multi-texturing, cube mapping, and multi-sample antialiasing on NVIDIA’s graphics processing units (GPUs), which are used in a variety of computing platforms.

“SGI and NVIDIA are driving forces in the graphics industry,” stated Paul McNamara, vice president of products and platforms, SGI. “By significantly contributing to the OpenGL 1.3 specification and the momentum of the API, we can ensure that OpenGL 1.3 is an optimal reference platform for developers and 3D content creators alike.”

“OpenGL 1.3 represents the latest enhancement to the industry's leading cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API, exposing all of the features needed to deliver a real-time cinematic experience,” stated Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing for NVIDIA.  “Developers equipped with the latest NVIDIA GPU and OpenGL 1.3 API are empowered to create software applications that take graphics quality and realism to new levels.”

The OpenGL 1.3 specification evolved with input from both the OpenGL Architecture Review Board (ARB) and interested outside parties, reflecting predominant trends in the graphics hardware industry. The ARB's process of enhancing OpenGL includes evaluating extensions submitted by hardware venders and determining which ones to incorporate, as well as how they should be officially supported within the API.  In OpenGL 1.3, several additional features and functions have been ratified and brought into the API's core functionality. These new functions include:

  • Cube map texturing―for higher quality environment mapping and lighting support.
  • Multisampling—for order-independent antialiasing rendering of points, lines and polygons.
  • New Texture Modes―providing more powerful ways of applying textures to rendered objects, such as:
    • Texture Add Environment Mode
    • Texture Combine Environment Mode
    • Texture Dot3 Environment Mode
    • Texture Border Filtering Mode
  • Compressed texture framework--allowing for higher quality textures, regardless of file format.

OpenGL is the premier environment for developing 2D and 3D visual applications on systems ranging from consumer PCs to graphics workstations and supercomputers. With more than 60 hardware developer licensees, OpenGL has the broadest industry support of any openly-licensed graphics API. In 1992, SGI formed an industry-wide ARB that now governs the evolution and ongoing development of OpenGL, a technology originally created by SGI, as an open, platform-independent standard for professional-quality 3D graphics.

About SGI
SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is a technology solutions provider with a broad range of high-performance computing, advanced graphics and consulting services that enable its technical and creative customers to maintain a competitive advantage in their core businesses. Whether being used to design and build safer cars and airplanes, discover new medications and oil reserves, help us understand and better predict the weather, or entertain us with thrilling movie special effects, SGI systems and expertise are empowering a world of innovation and discovery. The company, which is located on the Web at www.sgi.com, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has offices worldwide.

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