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Codeplay signing

Edinburgh-based tool suite developer joins TIGA.

24 February 2010

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today announced Codeplay as its newest member.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Codeplay research and develop powerful compiler technology and software development tools to use with advanced manycore processor architectures.

Codeplay Software Limited was founded by veteran games developer Andrew Richards in 2002 with seedcorn funding from Jez San (the founder of Argonaut Games and ARC International) and others. Codeplay introduced its first product, VectorC, a highly optimizing compiler for x86 PC and PlayStation®2, in 2003.

Development of the company's latest product, Offload™, began in 2006 and was released to games developers in October 2009. Offload™ is a tool suite for PlayStation®3 game optimization, helping programmers easily offload code to SPU's on the Cell Broadband Engine™. Using Offload™ games developers can quickly and easily specify which parts of their games code they want to have executed on an SPU, and with a few small changes get the best performance from their code on PlayStation®3 hardware.

Offload™ is available to SCE licensed PlayStation®3 Games developers, and can be downloaded from the PlayStation®3 Developer Network. The tool is free to use for commercial games, subject to licensing terms.

Codeplay continues to research and develop portable and scalable programming tools to take advantage of multi-core and

many-core processor architectures.

Andrew Richards, Managing Director of Codeplay stated:

“Our mission at Codeplay is to enable game developers save time and money by utilising the programming tools we have developed.”

On joining TIGA Richards added:

“We share TIGA’s vision of making the UK the best place in the world to do games business and we feel it is important to join an organisation committed to supporting UK developers.”

Richard Wilson TIGA CEO stated:

“Codeplay is a fantastic example of a British company developing cutting edge tools and technology which sit at the very top end of the computer science world. Codeplay’s work is recognised not only by the games developers but also by academics and scientists working in other knowledge industries. We welcome Codeplay to the TIGA community.”

Codeplay will be attending GDC in March and look forward to demonstrating Offload to games developers and meeting fellow TIGA members.


Notes to editors:

About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

About Codeplay

Codeplay is software compiler technology company based in Edinburgh, UK. Codeplay aims to be the supplier of choice for developers of parallel processing, reconfigurable and network processing devices who need custom-built compilers which are optimised for their devices.

Codeplay also have extensive background in video games development, offering programming tools and consultancy services. Codeplay are PlayStation®3 Tools & Middleware licensees. Codeplay have a global client base, servicing customers in the USA, Japan and EU.

Contact Information:

Scott McKenzie, Technical Marketing

Codeplay Software Limited

45 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3HP

T: 0131 466 0503

E: scott@codeplay.com


For further information, please contact Eva Field, TIGA PR Manager on: 07814 039 983, or email eva@tiga.org


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