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Google buys 3D graphics analytics firm Drawelements

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Wed Jul 23 2014, 12:04
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GOOGLE HAS ACQUIRED a Finnish 3D graphics firm called Drawelements as it continues to extend its internal development capabilities.

Google puts its boots into a lot of fields, and has reach in wearables, self-driving cars and internet delivering balloons. Now it has its hands on a firm that specialises in analysing and assessing mobile 3D graphics.

We are waiting for confirmation from Google, but Drawelements has provided visitors to its website with its own note on the deal.

"We're excited to announce that we're joining Google. Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way; we're grateful for your support," it said.

"Over the next few months, we'll be working with our colleagues on the Android team to incorporate some of our technology into the compatibility test suite. Stay tuned!"

The nut of the Drawelements offering is its Quality Programme, which it describes as a toolkit for benchmarking scenarios on OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs. Google could be interested in using this to weigh the hardware market and tailor its output to it.

"Understanding the various capabilities of different platforms is invaluable both to software developers working on downloadable apps and major OEMs with multiple GPUs in their device portfolios," Drawelements said in its explanatory material.

"dEQP provides effective means for finding the weak and strong points of any OpenGL ES or OpenCL platform, as well as highlighting differences and incompatibilities between GPUs."

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but one report put the value in the eight figure range. µ


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