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August 03, 2012

Acer, Intel, Qualcomm and SingTel-Optus Team to Develop 3DMark for Android

Futuremark, a Finnish software development company that produces computer benchmark applications for home users and businesses, has just revealed that Acer (News - Alert) Incorporated, Intel, Qualcomm Incorporated and SingTel-Optus have joined its Benchmark Development Program to create a new 3DMark gaming benchmark for Android (News - Alert)-based tablets and smartphones.

As an enabler of PC performance benchmarking, Futuremark’s 3DMark, PCMark and Peacekeeper PC tests are aimed at helping users optimize their PCs for games, media, apps and the Web. Since 1997, Futuremark has been focusing on creating benchmarks that are universally used and respected by consumers, reviewers and the industry.

The Benchmark Development Program (BDP) is an initiative created to build partnerships with hardware and technology manufacturers. The objective of the BDP is to create relevant and impartial benchmarks by working in close co-operation with program members. The company provides members with specifications and regular development builds of new benchmarks then evaluates member feedback to improve the software. This open process of co-operation with all members is believed to contribute to producing benchmarks that reliably provide consistent, vendor-neutral results to the benefit of both the industry and consumers.

The company is planning to release 3DMark for Android later this year.

"For more than 10 years, we have worked with the world's leading PC hardware manufacturers to create 3DMark and PCMark. As a result, Futuremark benchmarks are the industry standard for PC performance measurement used by hundreds of press publications and millions of end-users,” Jukka Makinen, chief executive officer at Futuremark said in a press release.

“As we bring 3DMark to a new OS for the first time, we are excited to expand our cooperation to include Acer, Intel, Qualcomm (News - Alert) and SingTel-Optus, technology leaders who will bring unparalleled insight, experience and vision to the development of 3DMark for Android," Makinen added.

Launching later this year, 3DMark for Android will measure gaming performance using graphics rendering, CPU and physics tests with stunning real-time graphics that will push OpenGL ES2.0 to the limit. The results from 3DMark for Android will be comparable to the results from the new 3DMark for Windows, also to be released later this year.

Wason Shyu, AVP, ADC (News - Alert) BU, RD Center, Acer concluded, "As one of the top volume consumer electronics and notebook PC companies in the world, we use 3DMark to analyze performance in an objective and scientific manner. This assists in providing our customers with products of the very highest quality that are ready for the most demanding tasks, whether it is exacting physics computations or the purest video game experiences."

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Edited by Jamie Epstein
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