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Adobe Unleashes GPU-Powered Flash Player

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    The latest Flash runtime not only takes advantage of hardware acceleration, but will now infect smartphones and many other Internet-connected devices.

    Adobe officially announced today the release of Flash Player 10.1, set for smartphones, netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices (video). The revelation will apparently usher in a new era of an already Flash-laden Internet, providing viewers with truckloads of "expressive" applications, content, and high definition videos across multiple platforms. What makes this new version so special is that it utilizes the local hardware (the GPU more specifically) for video and graphics acceleration.

    According to the company, this will be the first "consistent" runtime release of the Open Screen Project. "Using the productive Web programming model of the Flash Platform, the browser-based runtime enables millions of designers and developers to reuse code and assets and reduce the cost of creating, testing and deploying content across different operating systems and browsers," Adobe said. "Flash Player 10.1 is easily updateable across all supported platforms to ensure rapid adoption of new innovations that move the Web forward."

    Adobe also said that it plans to release a public beta of the browser-based runtime later this year for Windows Mobile and Palm webOS; desktop versions for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux will also be released in the same timeframe. As for Google's Android and the Symbian OS, Adobe plans to release public betas in early 2010. Wait! What about Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch? Strangely enough, these two devices weren't listed in Adobe's flashy plans.

    Earlier today the company announced its collaboration with RIM to (finally) bring Flash to Blackberry smartphones. This will enabled end-users to stream video content on the Blackberry devices such as YouTube videos, TV episodes on Hulu, and more. Adobe also fleshed out its collaboration with Nvidia in regards to GPU and MID acceleration, which we covered right here.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-adobe-gpu-accelerated-flash,8783.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Adobe-Flash-Runtime-Browser-GPU,8791.html
     
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    iphone wont have flash at any time soon, as they dont allow flash to be incorporated cause of its aggressive marketing towards quicktime in place of flash. so dont expect that.
     
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    Nvidia, Adobe Announce GPU Accelerated Flash

    Now your GPU can make a Flasher out of your Ion netbook.

    Adobe Systems and Nvidia today announced (again) that they are working together to bring GPU acceleration to Adobe Flash. The companies said that they have been working closely together as part of the Open Screen Project to optimize and dramatically improve performance of Flash Player 10.1 for GPUs not only on netbooks, but also MIDs.

    While an Nvidia GPU would be able to accelerate Flash video quite well on a Core 2 Duo-equipped machine, the companies are pushing the value of GPU acceleration with netbooks and nettops like the HP Mini 311, Lenovo IdeaPad S12, Samsung N510, Acer AspireRevo, and Asus eeeBox EB1012 – all of which are packed with the Nvidia Ion chipset.

    Nvidia also pointed out that Tegra processor-based smartphones and smartbooks that start shipping later this year will accelerate vector graphics and video to enable full-screen Internet video and animation.

    “Consumers want the best Internet experience – whether it’s a mobile device in their pocket or a netbook at the coffee shop,” said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of Nvidia. “Our engineers have worked closely with Adobe to make this a reality.”

    With the quality of Flash video constantly on the rise – now with it able to stream 720p streams over YouTube – it might only be a matter of time until Flash becomes the cross-platform codec of choice for all sorts of video delivery. Could the days of DivX, XviD, or even H.264 be numbered?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-adobe-gpu-accelerated-flash,8783.html
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    AMD/ATI Accelerating GPU Flash Player 10.1 Too

    That Radeon HD 5800 series card will be VERY good at making Flash go.

    Yesterday when Adobe announced its Flash Player 10.1 that'll be coming down the pipe, Nvidia was among the first to chime in saying that its GPUs will be able to accelerate Flash video with GeForce and Ion.

    AMD's informed us that it plans to support Adobe Flash Player 10.1 at the same level and in step with the beta release later this year.

    "AMD is committed to making the video usage scenario -- playback, editing and transcoding -- a focal point for AMD platform innovation, smartly using the full CPU + GPU assets of our platform to enrich and accelerate the experience," an AMD representative told us.

    In fact, at the Adobe MAX event in Los Angeles, Adobe demonstrated a private alpha of Flash Player 10.1 that is supported by the ATI Radeon HD 5800 (the only GPU on the market right now to fully support DirectX 11).

    Both Adobe and AMD worked with the DirectX 11 API's compute shader and ATI Stream technology to accelerate Flash performance with the GPU.

    Hooray for the growing utility of the GPU beyond just playing 3D games!

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-ati-flash-adobe-gpu,8800.html
     
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