Opera grows support for open standards, joins the Khronos Group as a contributing member

Oslo, Norway – May 29, 2009

Opera Software today announced that it has joined the Khronos Group to support the evolution of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of 3D graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Opera has a long history in supporting open standards on the Web and joining Khronos is another big step in that directioan.

Opera will specifically be involved in an initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for bringing accelerated 3D graphics to the Web. This will provide a way to bring dynamic 3D content to everyone’s Web browser. Members of the Khronos Group are building the only existing cross-platform hardware acceleration API (application programming interface).

“Although there is a very limited use of 3D graphics on the Web today, we are not far from the day when it will become very popular,” said Tim Johansson, lead (core) graphics developer at Opera Software. “Opera has had an interest in 3D in Web applications for a long time and joining the Khronos Group in writing a specification for 3D on the Web is the next logical step. Opera looks forward to sharing its expertise in graphics and Web development through this initiative.”

The Khronos Group is an industry consortium of over 100 leading companies creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Khronos standards include

OpenGL, OpenGL ES and OpenCL

“We warmly welcome Opera as a valued new member of the Khronos Group and their participation in the 3D Web working group,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group. “Opera’s membership will further our mission to bring open, general purpose 3D capabilities to Web developers and browsers everywhere. Enabling key browser developers to work side-by-side with GPU vendors and system OEMs will result in creating cutting-edge 3D Web solutions with real relevance in the marketplace.”

About Khronos Group

Founded in January 2000, the Khronos Group is an open, member-funded consortium committed to developing royalty-free standards which enables all members to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, vote at various stages before public deployment, and to the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. Please go to www.khronos.org for more information.

Khronos is trademark of the Khronos Group Inc. OpenCLâ„¢ is a trademark of Apple Inc., OpenGL© is a registered trademark and OpenGL ES is a trademark of SGI used under license by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.