Vulkan 1.2 GPU Acceleration Spec Released by Khronos Group

January 23, 2020 Brandon Lewis

The Khronos Group has released version 1.2 of the open, royalty-free Vulkan 1.2 GPU acceleration spec. The latest version adds 23 extensions to the Vulkan API that provide access to new hardware functionality, increase application performance, and improve overall usability. All GPUs that support previous versions of Vulkan are compatible with Vulkan 1.2.

Significant features introduced in the release include:

A wide range of open-source compilers, debuggers, and tools will support Vulkan by the end of January, including the RenderDoc frame capture and debugging tool, the Vulkan SDK, and the Vulkan conformance test suite.

Currently, five GPU vendors have certified conformant Vulkan 1.2 implementations that have been verified through Khronos conformance, tests: AMD, Arm, Imagination Technologies, Intel, and NVIDIA. The open-source Mesa RADV driver for AMD also passed the conformance tests.

Additional driver and ecosystem release updates will be made available on the Vulkan Public Release Tracker.

Vulkan 1.2 sample code is now accessible on GitHub. For more information, visit www.khronos.org/vulkan.

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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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