Futuremark Announces SPMark Java06 Benchmark

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Saratoga, California USA – November 16, 2005 – Futuremark Corporation

today announced the SPMarkJava06 benchmark, a richly featured, handheld
device benchmark for measuring and evaluating a system’s performance in
running Java applications. Developed in close cooperation with such
industry leading companies as ARM, ATI, Bitboys, DMP, Falanx,
Imagination Technologies, Intel, Khronos Group, NVIDIA and Symbian,
SPMarkJava06 benchmark provides reliable, unbiased results across
different architectures and environments.

“SPMarkJava06 was developed to offer a broad group of users a rich
variety of features,” said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of
Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. “Futuremark offers versions for
business users as well as consumers, and the benchmark includes
comprehensive, extensively researched workloads to accurately assess
performance across a broad range of Java Application Program Interfaces
(APIs) and profiles.”

Test Profile and Technology
A valid benchmark should reflect the types of applications likely to be
running on the systems for which it is designed. With this approach,
users get reliable measurements and evaluations rather than theoretical
information. As such, Futuremark’s SPMarkJava06 benchmark includes
performance tests for high- and low-detail 3D games, 2D games, image
processing and Java Virtual Machine (JVM). In addition, SPMarkJava06
provides tools for measuring the battery-life and checking the video
(H.263) playback functionality of the device. SPMarkJava06 also shows
extensive system information about the device’s Java implementation.

For greatest applicability, the benchmark uses common Java APIs and
runs on a wide variety of devices compatible with MIDP 2.0 and JSR 184
(M3G). In addition, it works with handsets and adapts to their
user-interface codes and Java implementations. The SPMarkJava06
benchmark utilizes JSR 135, and the MIDP 2.0 Profile on the CLDC 1.0 &
1.1 configuration.

Result Comparison: Online ResultBrowser
SPMarkJava06 is the first mobile phone benchmark from Futuremark with
online services enabled. The Online ResultBrowser (ORB), which has so
far only been accessible via Futuremark’s PC performance benchmarks, is
the ultimate tool for any user to search and compare benchmark results
and system information online. Futuremark first implemented the ORB
concept in 1997, to allow their users to upload their 3DMark and later
PCMark benchmark results. By expanding the service to include
SPMarkJava06 results, mobile device benchmarkers can join the nearly
three million current ORB users and harness the power of a global
database of over 13 million real-life benchmark results.

Performance results and system information can be uploaded directly
from SPMarkJava06, which uses the device’s default web browser. New
users can create a free ORB account, and existing ORB users can log
onto their existing account. Once the data is loaded into the ORB, the
results can be browsed using their internet connected PC or the
device’s browser. This will permit the user to compare virtually any
phone against each other and see which J2ME features are supported by
various phones.

“Enabling users to submit their benchmark results and system info from
SPMarkJava06 to our online database is a tremendous step forward in
mobile phone benchmarking. To be able to compare various mobile phones’
performance differences from anywhere in the world, proves Futuremark’s
leadership in internet-enabled benchmarks,” said Sami Niemela, Manager
Mobile Products for Futuremark. “The Online ResultBrowser is the world’s
most used and known online performance comparison tool based on a
database consisting of 13.5 million benchmark results and almost 3
million registered users.”

Futuremark offers different versions of SPMarkJava06 to meet the
varying needs of a broad user base.

The Professional Edition is the most comprehensive and provides
industry companies with rights to publish results. Binary versions of
the Professional Edition are priced at USD 20,000 for the first
license, USD 5,000 for each additional license. Operators will be
provided a 12 month free trial Professional Edition license. Optional
source-code licensing for members of Futuremark’s Benchmark Developer
Program (BDP) supports technology developers and device manufacturers.
For example, semiconductor manufacturers, hardware and handset makers,
application developers and operators can create benchmarks very much
tailored to their specific requirements and analyze performance in
platforms under development.

Consumers have two versions available to them. The Advanced Edition,
available for USD 3 per license, offers full features and a playable
game. The Basic Edition is available at no cost to allow testing of the
user’s personal devices.

The SPMarkJava06 benchmark is available immediately via source-code
licensing to Futuremark’s BDP members and interested third parties.
Compiled versions are also available immediately to professional users
and consumers as downloads from the Futuremark Web site.