DMP Shows Capabilities of the PICA Platform with Demo from Futuremark

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Saratoga, California – July 25th, 2006 – Futuremark Corporation, the world’s leading provider of system performance-analysis software and services for PCs, smartphones and other handheld devices, today announced the delivery of their latest demo production to Digital Media Professionals (DMP) of Japan.


Titled „Mikage“, the demo was developed for the PICA(TM) Family 2D/3D Graphics IP Core platform, which was announced earlier today by DMP (more information available on DMP web site). „Mikage“ will premier at SIGGRAPH 2006, during the 33rd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, held July 30 through August 3 in Boston, Massachusetts, in DMP’s booth #409. Screenshots from „Mikage“ are available on Futuremark’s website.

„DMP has taken a very innovative approach in their design. In fact, the platform enabled us to use some features that we haven’t even included in our most advanced work for PCs!“ said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Futuremark Corporation. „In line with our mission of increasing growth within the IT industry by showing the performance and usefulness of new technologies, we were able to produce effects that simply have not been feasible before in these platforms.“

The PICA graphics IP core demo utilizes of a number of innovative, next generation graphics technologies and sophisticated OpenGL ES extensions developed by DMP’s engineering team. With complex procedural textures, cook-torrance shading, support for smooth shadows, silhouettes and subdivision, the core provided Futuremark with a powerful handheld platform enabling impressive overall lighting and remarkable real-time rendering performance. DMP predicts the PICA IP will enable developers to produce stunning visual 3D rendering effects for handheld and embedded devices while significantly reducing costs and lead-time.

„Futuremark is the undisputed leader in the development of 3D graphics benchmark software for PC and embedded products“ said Tatsuo Yamamoto, President and CEO of DMP. „Futuremark’s cross product line expertise makes them the ideal partner to showcase the PICA advanced graphics core, which removes the performance gap between PC and mobile handheld hardware, delivering an unprecedented visual clarity and versatility within memory and power constraints. DMP and Futuremark worked together as unified team, pushing the boundaries of 3D content development, and proving that very high quality graphics that could previously be seen only on high-end PCs can now be found in many consumer products.“