TAKUMI Corporation Joins Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program

May 12, 2009

TAKUMI Corporation Joins Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program

Specialist brings graphics IP core experience to help shape future benchmarks for mobile and embedded industries

HELSINKI, FINLAND – MAY 12th, 2009 - Futuremark® Corporation, the world’s leading developer of performance-analysis software and services for smartphones, handheld devices and PCs, announced today that Tokyo based TAKUMI Corporation has joined its Handheld Benchmark Development Program (BDP). TAKUMI Corporation is a privately held IP core provider specializing in the design and development of low-power, high performance graphics accelerators for the next generation of consumer handheld devices.

"This is just the beginning of TAKUMI's global strategic initiatives yet a critical one,” says Osamu Shigenami, CEO of TAKUMI Corporation. "TAKUMI's key drivers have been our silicon-proven IP cores with 30+ tape-outs with over 20 licenses. I am excited to announce joining the Futuremark BDP, which will surely be a new driving factor for our solid and consistent growth in the global market."

Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc. said "TAKUMI’s 3D and VG graphics processors have already been adopted by a broad range of embedded systems and consumer electronics products. Their experience in this growing consumer market combined with their design and engineering excellence adds new value to our Benchmark Development Program ensuring that our benchmark products continue to best represent the needs of the industry."

Futuremark's Handheld Benchmark Development Program (BDP) membership includes leading mobile industry technology manufacturers. Working in partnership with these companies enables Futuremark to design high quality benchmark software with representative workloads agreed by those most active in the industry itself.

"It is very important for all IP core providers to keep delivering standardized and equitable performance results to our potential and existing customers,” says Hiro Nitta, TAKUMI CTO, and Tommy Asano, TAKUMI SW Group Manager, in chorus. "A fair shake of the dice enables the IP core users to make the right choices. We are committed to providing, in collaboration with Futuremark, the right dice, shaker, and consequently the right results for our users."

Futuremark's current handheld BDP Members include Intel, ARM, Broadcom, DMP, ETRI, Freescale Semiconductor, Vivante, Imagination Technologies, Chinese Ministry of Information and Industry, Marvell, Mtekvision, NexusChips, NVIDIA, Renesas, Samsung, Symbian, ST Micro and Texas Instruments.

For more information on Futuremark’s Benchmark Development Program and details of the company’s benchmark products and services for the mobile and embedded industries please visit www.futuremark.com/business

For more information on TAKUMI Corporation please visit http://www.gshark.com or http://www.gshark.com/en/ (English site)

About TAKUMI Corporation
Founded in 2003, TAKUMI licenses out its unique and Khronos OpenGL ES and OpenVG-compliant Graphics Accelerator IP cores for embedded systems and mobile information devices including digital still/video cameras, mobile phones, in-car displays and set-top boxes that enable the smallest size and power consumption as well as real rich 2D/3D/Vector Graphics intuitive user interface around the world. The company maintains headquarters in Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo. TAKUMI also has offices Kofu, Yamanashi.

About Futuremark Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation serves the mobile industry with professional application performance analysis tools and workloads. Our world renowned product portfolio includes 3DMark®Mobile for OpenGL ES 1.x and OpenGL ES 2.0, VGMark™ for OpenVG 1.x, and SPMark™ for Symbian, Windows Mobile, Linux and mobile Java. In addition, we license Kanzi, a 3D graphics UI engine to mobile, embedded and automotive device makers.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Kanzi, Mirada, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Contact information
North America:
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: oliver.baltuch@futuremark.com

Europe and Asia:
Tero Sarkkinen
CEO, Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +358 40 557 7887 (GMT +2)
Email: tero@futuremark.com