Futuremark releases benchmark for Symbian based smartphones

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 07 2004 @ 16:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Futuremark has released a benchmark program for Symbian based smartphones. The program is called SPMark04 and it provides a comprehensive application for measuring and comparing performance and power consumption of mobile phones.

The benchmark has been developed in collaboration with key industry partners, including ATI Technologies, Bitboys, Imagination Technologies (PowerVR), Intel, Khronos Group, Neomagic, and NVIDIA under Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program for Smartphones.

"The application performance of a smartphone is an increasingly important criterion for consumers in their purchasing decision process", said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. "Before SPMark04, there simply was no standard tool with which to make objective comparisons. Being the worldwide leader in benchmark technologies, we are committed to establish SPMark04 to be the most comprehensive testing tool for mobile platforms ", he continued.

SPMark04 measures the performance and power efficiency of Symbian based smartphones and includes visually stunning 3D game play test using the OpenGL ES graphics API. For handsets without hardware OpenGL ES implementation, the benchmark includes Hybrid Graphics' OpenGL ES API Implementation.

Symbian is a software licensing company owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Panasonic, Psion, Samsung Electronics, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. The company supplies the Symbian OS open standards operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Currently available products based on Symbian OS include the Motorola A920 and A925, Sendo X, Siemens SX1, FOMA F2102V, F2051 and F900i, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900, as well as the Nokia 7610, 7650, 6600, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 N-Gage/N-Gage QD and Nokia Communicators 9210, 9290.

Key Features of SPMark04:
* Supports handsets with Symbian 6 and 7 operating systems and Series60 or UIQ user interface(*;
* Comprehensive test suite to measure overall system performance and power consumption;
* OpenGL ES 3D tests (3D game play, 3D fill rate, 3D polygon throughput);
* Image processing tests (2D image, image scaling, JPEG encoding);
* General usage tests (contacts, calendar, disk access)


Pricing and Availability:
SPMark04 is immediately available in two versions: a Business Edition ($250) and a Developer's Edition ($6,000 + programming) at Futuremark's secure web store.

More information over at Futuremark


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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