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World’s First Universal VR Latency Tool

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VRTrek latency measurement device

 

Helsinki, Finland, December 20, 2016 – Latency is one of the biggest challenges in the burgeoning Virtual Reality (VR) industry. While wearing a VR Head Mounted Display (HMD), people notice even the smallest of delays between what’s displayed at the screen and what the brain expects. Until now, there has not been a professional latency measurement tool that works across different HMDs and applications.

By today’s launch of the VRTrek™ Library, Basemark fills this gap and enables the VR industry to analyze and provide better user experience for end users. VRTrek Library is a tool aimed for VR HMD vendors and software developers to measure the latency of an HMD when running various applications.

The tool’s main measurement output is the latency, or the time in milliseconds it takes for the required image to be displayed on the HMD. VRTrek Library uniquely scans both the left eye and the right eye screens at the same time. Furthermore, VRTrek Library outputs granular data such as dropped frames, duplicate frames and screen persistence.

VRTrek Library is a patent pending solution developed by Basemark. It consists of a measurement device, VRTrek, and a Software Development Kit (SDK) that HMD and VR app developers can easily integrate into their testing frameworks.

Ordering and More Info

VRTrek Library is now available for immediate shipping. For orders and more information, please go to http://www.basemark.com/product-catalog/vrtrek-library/

About Basemark

Basemark Oy is a privately held stock corporation registered and headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Renesas and Samsung. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes VRScore, Basemark GPU Vulkan, Basemark ES, Basemark Web, Basemark OS and Basemark X. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit http://www.basemark.com

Basemark, VRTrek and VRScore are trademarks or registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Power Assessment Tool Adds Support for Mac And Test Automation

Helsinki, Finland, June 28, 2016 – Basemark extends its lead on app developer power consumption tools by adding support for Mac OS X and command line test automation for its Power Assessment Tool (PAT). Now millions of iOS app developers are able to optimize app power consumption rapidly and reliably, thereby resulting in greater end user satisfaction and reduced uninstall rates.

The new command line test automation interface is available both for Windows and OS X. With the command line functionality, users can now create exact and repeatable test cases and fully automatize their power testing. Basemark also offers the Command Line tool source code package for Corporate customers. The package enables tight integration with other code development tools.

Pricing

To celebrate the summer season, Basemark is offering over 50% discount on the price of PAT until the end of July. PAT is normally priced at 995 EUR for corporate customers and the current sale price is 450 EUR. The unit includes a PAT device, desktop power analysis software for Windows and Mac OS X, and high-quality USB cables.

Availability, Ordering and More Info

PAT is now available for immediate shipping. For orders and more information, please go to http://www.basemark.com/PAT

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes VRScore, Basemark GPU, Basemark ES, Basemark Web, Basemark OS and Basemark X. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit http://www.basemark.com

Basemark and VRScore are registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Basemark Web 3.0 Launches – The Industry-Standard Benchmark For Cross-Device Browser Performance

Basemark Web 3.0 is a brand new industry standard browser benchmark and the only one with WebGL™ 2.0

HELSINKI, Finland (June 9th, 2016) – Basemark, the developer of industry-standard benchmarks for performance and power consumption analysis, today launches Basemark Web 3.0 browser benchmarking tool. With the new tool, Basemark extends support from mobile devices and VR to all connected devices that run a modern web browser, such as laptops and desktop PCs.

The test scenarios cover everything from web real-time graphics using WebGL 1.0.2 and upcoming WebGL 2.0 to the most popular JavaScript frameworks used by the leading websites of the world. Furthermore, Basemark Web 3.0 includes a battery test, enabling power consumption measurements under web workloads.

With the tool, professional software and hardware developers – as well individual consumers – can measure the performance of their devices simply through the web browser. The results can then be saved to the Basemark PowerBoard where users can accurately compare the performance of different browsers across all devices.

In addition to developing the product in close cooperation with the industry heavyweight companies under its Benchmark Development Program, Basemark has collaborated with the Khronos Group, the consortium behind the WebGL API, during the 12 months of development of the tool.

Basemark has a long history in creating industry-leading benchmarks for mobile devices, virtual reality systems and browsers. Basemark Web 3.0 is a major milestone in developing trustworthy benchmarks for modern browsers, including WebGL,” says Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group. “We particularly welcome Basemark’s support for the upcoming WebGL 2.0 standard that will demonstrate the powerful rendering capabilities and stunning visuals that can be delivered through the browser using this new generation API. ”, he adds.

Basemark’s founder Tero Sarkkinen comments: “Basemark Web 3.0 is an entirely new browser benchmark, replacing the previous BrowserMark which was starting to approach the end of its lifecycle. We are extremely happy to provide full support now for desktop and laptop devices too, and strongly believe paying a visit to the Basemark PowerBoard before making a buying decision is worth for any technology enthusiast who cares about the performance of their devices”.

Basemark Web 3.0 complements the company’s full line of professional benchmarking tools, Basemark GPU Mobile, VRScore™ and the Power Assessment Tool (PAT).

Power Optimization for App Developers

Basemark PAT Enables Development of Battery Saving Apps

Helsinki, Finland, May 31, 2016 – Having rapidly sold out the first version of the new Power Assessment Tool (PAT), Basemark today announced broad availability of a new version of PAT with enhanced measurement accuracy and an entirely new analysis software.

Basemark PAT is an easy-to-use and accurate tool that makes power consumption information available to app developers during the development cycle. This dramatically changes the status quo. Previously, accurate power information was available only to few select engineers in a large organization due to the cost and difficulty of operating the required lab equipment. PAT enables real-time power information during app development for every developer.

“Thanks to Basemark PAT, we were able to monitor the power consumption of our instant messenger,” said Oskari Häkkinen, Founder & CPO of Futurefly, developer of Rawr Messenger, a 3D avatar based instant messenger. “Before getting PAT, we weren’t able to sufficiently access which processes needed the most attention for optimisation. However, after testing with PAT, we have been able to focus our efforts, keeping the performance intact but reducing the overall power consumption of Rawr Messenger.”

Basemark PAT has already gotten praise from critics as well as evidenced by VRWorld Innovation Award. “If you are trying to find what is the truth between different devices, this is the one to have,” said Theo Valich, Founder, VR World.

PAT is based on a patent pending innovation by Basemark whereby the power consumption is recorded through a USB port in real time. The solution consists of a device and desktop software. In an independent testing report made by TÜV Rheinland, it was found that the PAT has an average error margin with 1A measurement of only 2,3%. The full testing report is available upon request.

Pricing

PAT is priced at 995 € + VAT for corporate customers. The unit includes a PAT device, desktop software for Windows PC and high-quality USB cables.

Availability, Ordering and More Info

PAT is now available for immediate shipping. To order and for more information, please go to http://www.basemark.com/PAT

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes VRScore, Basemark GPU, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Browsermark. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit http://www.basemark.com

Basemark, Browsermark and VRScore are registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Can It Run VR? VRScore™ Tells It

Consumers No Longer Need to Rely on Hardware Vendor Marketing Claims

Game Developer’s Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA, March 15, 2016 – Basemark® and Crytek® today proudly unveiled VRScore™, an objective and vendor-independent virtual reality (VR) system testing tool. With VRScore, consumers and companies are able to reliably test their PC for VR readiness with various head mounted displays (HMDs). Unlike existing tools developed by hardware vendors themselves, VRScore has been developed independently to be an essential source of unbiased information for anyone interested in VR.

VRScore is a joint production between Crytek and Basemark under the strategic partnership created between the two companies in August 2015. The solution is developed using Crytek’s CRYENGINE technology and Basemark’s performance measurement framework, thus resulting in a unique combination of professional performance metrics using a real-world game engine and workload.

“We share Basemark’s belief that users will really benefit from having an independent resource that checks whether their PC can comfortably run VR experiences,” said Frank Vitz, CRYENGINE Creative Director. “VRScore not only provides that service, but also shows off just how powerful VR truly is by bringing together our own first-class engine technology with Basemark’s experience in performance measurement.”

“From the first moment sitting down with the Crytek team through the development of VRScore, we’ve been thoroughly impressed with their talent and hard working”, said Tero Sarkkinen, founder of Basemark, “Today, we together put the fruits of this collaboration for the first time for the general public to see and I am confident in that it will be well received. If you don’t believe me, go see the videos on our site for yourself!”

Features:

  • Supports HTC Vive, Oculus and OSVR
  • Uses CRYENGINE
  • Supports DirectX 12
  • Features Codename: Sky Harbor, a new VR production
  • Includes tests for interactive VR (game), non-interactive VR (video) and VR spatial audio (sound)
  • Can be used with or without an HMD
  • Power Board, an integrated online service, gives personalized PC upgrading advice and features performance ranking lists for HMDs, CPUs and GPUs
  • Corporate versions include VRScore Trek, a patent pending latency testing device with dual phototransistors for application to photon latency, display persistence, left and right eye latency, dropped frames and duplicated frames testing

Availability

VRScore is available now to corporate customers via Basemark’s early access program and Benchmark Development Program. Free and payable consumer versions of VRScore will be released in June 2016.

To license and for more information, please visit https://www.basemark.com/VRScore

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes VRScore, Basemark Metal, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Power Assessment Tool. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit http://www.basemark.com

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About Crytek

Crytek is an independent videogame developer, publisher and technology provider with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and seven other studios around the world. Established in 1999, Crytek has created multiple award-winning titles, including the original Far Cry, the Crysis series, Ryse: Son of Rome and Warface. All of Crytek’s games are developed using CRYENGINE, the company’s cutting-edge 3D game technology, which is also the first choice of other leading developers and licensees when creating games for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Android. Crytek’s ongoing growth in the games-as-a-service market has extended the company’s reach as they continue to deliver top quality interactive experiences to players through self-publishing platforms online.

For more information visit www.crytek.com and www.cryengine.com.

Basemark and VRScore are registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. Crytek and CRYENGINE are registered trademarks of Crytek GmbH, All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Long Live The Battery

Basemark Launches an Easy And Accurate System Power Consumption Measurement Solution

Helsinki, Finland, March 2, 2016 – Basemark announced today an easy-to-use and accurate Power Assessment Tool (PAT). With PAT, now anyone can do accurate power consumption measurements in mere minutes. There is no longer a need to physically remove the battery of a device under test and to weld connectors to terminals, a process which can be done only by highly competent experts and which often results in a destroyed or damaged device or inaccurate measurement results.

Says Tony King-Smith, EVP of Marketing for Imagination: “Imagination’s PowerVR, MIPS and Ensigma IP cores are used extensively in a wide range of power sensitive products including mobile phones, tablets and IoT devices. We have been advocating for many years that benchmarks used for mobile and other power-sensitive applications need to include a means to measure performance taking into account power consumption under real operating conditions – that’s what really matters for end users. We are therefore delighted to see a credible solution for measuring power versus performance in almost any system, and have already started to use Basemark’s Power Assessment Tool in our labs. This is a great step forward for benchmarking real-world performance.”

“Basemark’s Power Assessment Tool provides valuable insight into the power consumption of mobile devices,” says Matthew Humrick, Mobile Editor at Tom’s Hardware. “It goes beyond software-based benchmarks by showing real-time system power usage for any workload, even common apps we use every day.”

“Measuring power consumption and analyzing performance of mobile devices is a tedious task. Unlike previous measurement devices on the market, Basemark managed to develop a tool which is custom tailored to each and every mobile device on market, and I am looking forward to testing many devices to come using Basemark’s Power Assessment Tool,” said Theo Valich, Founder, VR World.

“Our customers have been telling us for years that it is not enough for a benchmark company to only provide performance measurement information, but one also needs to account for how much power is consumed in producing a given output,” said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder of Basemark. “This is why I am so excited to launch PAT today to every embedded software and hardware developer out there.”

PAT is based on a patent pending innovation by Basemark whereby the power consumption is recorded through a USB port in real time. The solution consists of a device and desktop software. In an independent testing report made by TÜV Rheinland, it was found that the PAT has an average error margin with 1A measurement of only 2,3%. The full testing report is available upon request.

Pricing

PAT is priced at 995 € + VAT for corporate customers. The unit includes a PAT device, desktop software for Windows PC and high-quality USB cables.

Availability, Ordering and More Info

Limited quantities of PAT are available immediately with broader availability in April. To order and for more information, please go to https://www.basemark.com/PAT

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes Basemark Metal, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Browsermark. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit https://www.basemark.com

Basemark and Browsermark are registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Basemark Joins The Immersive Technology Alliance

Basemark’s Upcoming VR Testing Solution Will Play a Key Role for The Alliance Members

Helsinki, Finland, February 9, 2016 – Basemark announced today that it has joined the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA). ITA is a leading consortium focused on catalyzing the development and commercialization of virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, and other immersive technologies.

“The ITA is very excited to welcome Basemark because their valued expertise will benefit the alliance, and their membership is proof that key industry players are jointly learning, building, and collaborating for the best user experience possible in virtual reality” said Neil Schneider, Executive Director of ITA.

“Given our weight within the VR ecosystem, we have to be very selective in choosing the right bodies and consortiums where we participate.” Said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder of Basemark. “We evaluated and found the Immersive Technology Alliance as being a definitive key player and therefore we feel confident that our joining the membership roster is the right decision for us and the industry. The ITA have already done important work in bringing various stakeholders together and we look forward to further contributing to the members and the industry by providing our high quality VR testing tools and technologies.”

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes Basemark Metal, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Browsermark. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit https://www.basemark.com

 

For More Information About ITA

See http://www.ita3D.com

Basemark and Browsermark are registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

World’s First Automotive HMI Performance Analysis and Optimization Service

Basemark® Strikes Partnership with Rightware® and Creates Automotive Graphics Specialist Team

Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV, USA and Helsinki (Finland), January 5, 2016 – Basemark announced today an expansion to automotive industry by a wide-ranging partnership with Rightware, a leading provider of automotive HMI creation tools. Under the partnership, Basemark utilizes various Rightware technologies and provides instrument cluster and IVI performance analysis and optimization services for automotive customers.

Basemark has already successfully delivered consulting projects to automotive customers by utilizing Rightware Kanzi® Performance Analyzer to analyze target HMI system performance. Given its deep expertize in GPU, CPU and system level performance benchmarking, Basemark is uniquely positioned as an essential graphics expert partner for the leading automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and semiconductor companies.

“We warmly welcome the partnership with Basemark as it makes the Kanzi Performance Analyzer tool more accessible to those customers who want a turnkey solution for their HMI testing and optimization needs.” Said Jonas Geust, CEO of Rightware. “In essence, our automotive customers can now outsource the HMI system performance testing and optimization work to Basemark.”

“Our vision is to become the world leading performance testing company and today’s announcement marks a key milestone in this journey.” Said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder of Basemark. “We’re excited to work with Rightware and help automotive customers to gain even more value from the Rightware tools and technologies by using those to provide highly specialized performance consultation to automotive customers.”

More information about Basemark’s automotive industry offering: https://www.basemark.com/automotive

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes Basemark Metal, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Browsermark. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit https://www.basemark.com

About Rightware

Rightware® is the market leader in advanced user interface technology, serving the automotive and other embedded industries with its Kanzi® software for rapid user interface design and deployment. Nominated on Deloitte’s “Fast 50” list of fastest growing tech companies in 2015, Rightware is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland with presence in Silicon Valley, Detroit, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, London and Munich.

Learn more at: http://www.rightware.com

Basemark and Browsermark are registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. Rightware and Kanzi are registered trademarks of Rightware Oy. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Virtual Reality Expert Joins Basemark’s Advisory Board

Dr. Vangelis Lympouridis Contributes to Basemark’s Leadership Position in VR

Vangelis Lympouridis

Helsinki (Finland) and Los Angeles (CA), November 18, 2015 – Basemark announced today that Dr. Vangelis Lympouridis, a distinguished scholar and VR expert at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, has joined the company’s advisory board.

Dr. Lympouridis is a technologist and educator with expert knowledge in the areas of Virtual Reality and Whole Body Interaction. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh and holds an MSc from the same University and a BFA from the Glasgow School of Art. He is currently running the MxR studio at the School of Cinematic Arts under Prof. Mark Bolas. The MxR Lab and Studio stands at the forefront of VR research and development and were recently awarded the first prize at the immersive VR/AR competition at SIGGRAPH 2015.

Basemark is currently developing a professional VR performance and quality testing solution. Dr. Lympouridis’ involvement and support is particularly valuable in this area of the company’s operations.

“It is a great pleasure for me to assist Basemark to realize their targets and achieve their goals with excellence in the rapidly evolving field of immersive media and virtual reality.” said Vangelis Lympouridis.

“Dr. Lympouridis is one of the industry’s top leading experts in VR and he has an extensive network within the ecosystem,” said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder & CEO of Basemark. “We are immensely excited to have him on our Advisory Board, helping us develop state-of-the-art objective VR testing tools and methodologies.”

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, nVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes Basemark Metal, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Browsermark. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit https://www.basemark.com

Basemark and Browsermark are registered trademarks of Basemark Ltd. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.

Basemark® Extends Its Benchmarking Lead with a Vulkan Performance Test

Basemark GPU Vulkan Is The Answer for The Industry’s Need for A Real-World Benchmark for Next Generation GPU Processors and APIs

Helsinki (Finland) November 10, 2015 – Basemark, the world leading graphics and system performance expert, announced today a new product called Basemark GPU Vulkan. This benchmarking software enables the industry to objectively and reliably quantify and compare graphics and computing performance of next generation mobile and desktop processors compatible with the new generation Vulkan™ API from the Khronos Group.

Basemark Vulkan Hero

Basemark GPU Vulkan is developed in close cooperation with key player semiconductor companies, such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Renesas within Basemark’s benchmark development program. This close cooperation with the leading GPU and CPU companies of the world ensures that the benchmark will be extremely reliable and also represent the utmost in objectivity.

“Meaningful, well-designed benchmarks are a vital part of an API ecosystem and so Khronos is excited to see the proven Basemark team working to enable the industry to analyze Vulkan performance across desktop and mobile devices,” said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group. “Basemark GPU Vulkan will not only provide insights into enhanced, next generation graphics workloads, but will also enable detailed performance comparisons between Vulkan and other emerging APIs – a topic of intense industry interest.”

“Our customers require relevant Vulkan API performance tests as opposed to theoretical workloads. We have spent considerable resources in researching and planning a relevant and dependable performance test in Basemark GPU Vulkan.” said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder and CEO of Basemark. “We urge all industry experts and leading companies to join the development program to help us device the true industry standard Vulkan API benchmark.”

Development of Basemark GPU Vulkan was started in August 2015 and preliminary specification of the benchmark has already been delivered for benchmark development program members’ review. Basemark GPU Vulkan will be commercially available in Q2, 2016 for both mobile and PC platforms. Interested to participate in the development? Please contact Basemark at sales@basemark.com.

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas and Qualcomm. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes Basemark Metal, Basemark ES, Basemark X, Basemark OS and Browsermark. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit https://www.basemark.com

Basemark and Browsermark are registered trademarks of Basemark Ltd. Vulkan is a trademark of the Khronos Group. All other mentioned brands may be property of their respective owners.