3dfx Now Part Of OpenGL's Architectural Review Board

3dfx Interactive has been accepted as a member of the OpenGL Architectural Review Board (ARB). Membership signifies that 3dfx is helping to drive the future of 3D graphics through OpenGL. According to 3dfx:

It also recognizes the many pioneering contributions 3dfx has made on the graphics frontier. ARB membership, in addition to continued sponsorship, is just one of many ways 3dfx works to advance the overall state of the art. The board currently includes representatives from 3Dlabs, ATI, Compaq, Evans & Sutherland, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, nVIDIA, Microsoft, SGI and Sun Microsystems.

"As one of the first PC vendors to embrace OpenGL, 3dfx has consistently demonstrated a commitment to deliver technically superior 3D graphics solutions," said Bill Mannel, OpenGL Product Manager in the Advanced Systems Marketing Group at SGI, the originator of OpenGL. "We look forward to 3dfxis contributions in helping to define the future direction of OpenGL."

About OpenGL and the ARB

The OpenGL graphics system specification allows developers to incorporate a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects and other powerful visualization functions and provides a graphics pipeline that allows unfettered access to graphics hardware acceleration. Since its introduction by SGI in 1992, OpenGL has become the industryis most widely used and supported 3D and 2D graphics application programming interface. OpenGL is available on all major computer platforms.

The OpenGL Architecture Review Board governs the evolution and ongoing development of OpenGL. With broad industry support, OpenGL is a vendor-neutral, multiplatform graphics standard and is uniquely positioned to leverage the continuing improvements of graphics hardware. The permanent members of the ARB are 3Dlabs, Compaq, Evans & Sutherland, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and SGI.

You can find more information about OpenGL at its Web site.