Issue: Jul 2008


Futuremark Announces a New Automotive Performance Benchmark



by Steve Barclay

Futuremark, creators of the industry standard benchmarking software for graphics performance for OpenGL ES and DirectX APIs, announces a benchmark product for automotive applications. The benchmark will be designed to evaluate the performance of graphics cores, chips, SoCs, embedded systems and devices used in automotive applications from dashboards to GPS devices. This BDP will allow car manufacturers, automotive system suppliers and semiconductor companies to evaluate their hardware and software solutions with professional-grade software to make important technology and purchasing decisions.

"As the automotive industry heads towards more sophisticated dashboard displays including information and entertainment systems with bigger LCD displays and application processors with 3D acceleration using real-time rendered 3D applications, the vendors will have a requirement for industry standard benchmarking solutions," said Petri Talala, Vice President and General Manager of the Handheld and Embedded Group at Futuremark Oy. "By opening up this benchmark initiative, we can help speed development of these automotive applications which are using the latest programming standards such as OpenGL ES 1.1 and ES 2.0."

The pre-licensing of the new automotive benchmark also includes several exclusive benefits including access to the benchmark source code, reduced licensing fees, the ability to provide comments and feedback on the benchmark design and early access to specifications and development versions of the benchmark. The upcoming automotive benchmark will utilize real-world use cases such as car dashboard, info-system, and navigation workloads based on OpenGL ES 1.x and ES 2.0.

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