AMD announces 3DOpenGL ES 2.0 Driver

AMD has launched what it claims is the first software driver that supports the WebGL industry standard, designed to bring plugin-free 3D graphics online.

WebGL is an open, cross platform, which is being developed by the Khronos Group with contributions from browser heavyweights Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Mozilla (Firefox), and Opera (Opera).

AMD has said its OpenGL ES 2.0 driver will help developers easily create 3D content that can be rendered more quickly for anyone using open saucy web browsers. It said this in turn could help create an application-like browser experience as well as enable 3D and application-like experiences on the web.

The new driver will be available on PCs that use AMD’s graphics kit. It will mean users can use these to work on applications based on OpenGL ES 2.0 for smartphones and tablets as opposed to the previous embedded systems. The driver is also said to make it easier for developers to port software applications between PCs and handhelds.

The OpenGL ES 2.0 driver from AMD will be available with the upcoming ATI Catalyst 10.7, however, eager beavers can get hold of the driver beta later today.