Class EXTAstcDecodeMode

  • public final class EXTAstcDecodeMode
    extends java.lang.Object
    The existing specification requires that low dynamic range (LDR) ASTC textures are decompressed to FP16 values per component. In many cases, decompressing LDR textures to a lower precision intermediate result gives acceptable image quality. Source material for LDR textures is typically authored as 8-bit UNORM values, so decoding to FP16 values adds little value. On the other hand, reducing precision of the decoded result reduces the size of the decompressed data, potentially improving texture cache performance and saving power.

    The goal of this extension is to enable this efficiency gain on existing ASTC texture data. This is achieved by giving the application the ability to select the intermediate decoding precision.

    Three decoding options are provided:

    • Decode to FORMAT_R16G16B16A16_SFLOAT precision: This is the default, and matches the required behavior in the core API.
    • Decode to FORMAT_R8G8B8A8_UNORM precision: This is provided as an option in LDR mode.
    • Decode to FORMAT_E5B9G9R9_UFLOAT_PACK32 precision: This is provided as an option in both LDR and HDR mode. In this mode, negative values cannot be represented and are clamped to zero. The alpha component is ignored, and the results are as if alpha was 1.0. This decode mode is optional and support can be queried via the physical device properties.

    Create an image view that decodes to FORMAT_R8G8B8A8_UNORM precision:

         VkImageViewASTCDecodeModeEXT decodeMode =
             NULL, // pNext
             VK_FORMAT_R8G8B8A8_UNORM // decode mode
         VkImageViewCreateInfo createInfo =
             &decodeMode, // pNext
             // flags, image, viewType set to application-desired values
             VK_FORMAT_ASTC_8x8_UNORM_BLOCK, // format
             // components, subresourceRange set to application-desired values
         VkImageView imageView;
         VkResult result = vkCreateImageView(
    Name String
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    Device extension
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    • Jan-Harald Fredriksen, Arm