LONDON Bitboys Oy, a Finnish developer of graphics processor cores for license, announcedthe G12 mobile vector graphics processor, at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The G12 is intended for design-in to mobile phones and PDAs, the Espoo, Finland-based company said.
The G12 supports hardware rendering of both SVG Tiny 1.2 and OpenVG 1.0 graphics at over 60 frames per second; a more than 100-fold improvement over software-based vector graphics rendering, the company said. However the OpenVG 1.0 specification is yet to be ratified by the Khronos Group.
The G12 is due to become available to semiconductor manufacturers and OEMs and be available for SoC (System-on-Chip) integration in the second quarter of 2005. The company did not discuss if the core has been proven in silicon anywhere or what manufacturing process the G12 is targeting.
"We expect hardware acceleration of vector graphics to become a standard in wireless devices over the next few years," said Petri Nordlund, chief technology officer of Bitboys, in a statement.
"OpenVG coupled with BitBoys', small, power-efficient vector graphics accelerator allows Symbian OS licensees to bring rich good looking graphics to a wider range of mobile phones," said Bill Pinnell, multimedia, games and graphics product manager at operating system provider Symbian Ltd., in the same statement.
BitBoys announced it had licensed its G34 core to NEC in Aug. 2004.