Qualcomm, Acer, Intel joined to develop 3DMark for Android

Futuremarks 3D benchmarking program has long been an industry standard when it comes to analysing performance of PC hardware. The company has now announced that Acer Incorporated, Intel, Qualcomm Incorporated and SingTel-Optus have joined its Benchmark Development Program to create a new 3DMark gaming benchmark for Android-based tablets and smartphones. The Futuremark Benchmark Development Program gathers input and expertise from the world’s best and most technologically advanced companies to create industry standard benchmarks for performance measurement. 3DMark for Android is expected to be released later this year.

3DMark for Android will measure gaming performance using graphics rendering, CPU and physics tests with real-time graphics that will push OpenGL ES2.0 to the limit. ‘Futuremark’s Benchmark Development Program is an initiative for building partnerships with leading hardware and technology manufacturers. Members include AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Samsung and many other world class companies.

Dedicated benchmarking software helps provide industry engineers and press reviewers with the tools to produce consistent results that are repeatable, reliable and relevant. Some of the features that we can expect it to have include:

• Measures gaming performance using rendering, CPU and physics tests.
• Stunning real-time graphics push the OpenGL ES API to the limit.
• Complementary online service to compare results between devices.
• Results will be comparable with 3DMark for Windows 8.
• Currently in development, expected to be released in late 2012.

An open process of close co-operation with BDP members results in high-quality benchmarks that reliably provide consistent, vendor-neutral results for the benefit of both the industry and consumers.

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