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Date: 29-08-13

Media handling extensions to the EGL Native Platform interface

Imagination Technologies has implemented a set of image and video handling extensions to the EGL Native Platform Interface which will enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications on the new low-cost Hardkernel ODROID-XU development system.

Imagination said it has delivered to its silicon partners a number of OpenCL extensions related to advanced camera interoperability. These extensions can be used with the Samsung Exynos 5410 SoC (System on Chip), the application processor found in both the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and the Hardkernel ODROID-XU development board.

The new OpenCL applications programming interface (API) extensions enable developers to implement Instagram-like functionality on real-time camera data, including computational photography and video processing, while offloading the main CPU by providing resource sharing and interoperability between the camera pipeline, OpenGL ES graphics and OpenCL compute APIs, says Imagination

Says Peter McGuinness, director of technology marketing for multimedia, Imagination: “Computational photography is a primary use case for GPU compute in mobile, and video is the most compelling example of that. Our OpenCL drivers have always been class-leading, but video in mobile devices has unique challenges which we have been able to overcome by leveraging our many years of experience in video processing.”

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