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OpenGL for Embedded Systems (OpenGL ES), a subset of the OpenGL 3D graphics application programming interface (API), is a cross-platform API designed for embedded devices, such as video game consoles, mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDA). This lightweight API consumes minimal power and requires minimal storage space.
As a low-level API, OpenGL ES works between software applications and hardware or software graphics engines. Because it is royalty-free, OpenGL ES provides an affordable solution for mobile and embedded platform developers seeking to create advanced 3D graphics and games.