GPU-accelerated Adobe Flash Player to arrive soon?

By on September 29, 2009, 12:45 PM
It looks like Nvidia and Adobe's long-promised support for GPU-accelerated Flash videos is finally coming to fruition. Although no official announcement has been made, the graphics firm has reportedly been showing early builds of the GPU-accelerated Flash Player around, with YouTube's HD videos running smoothly on Ion-based netbooks where the same footage stutters on Intel's Atom platform.

The technique works by adapting Ion to recognize and process the H.264 encoded video inside the Flash environment. Adobe's GPU-accelerated Flash Player is also expected to work with other Nvidia chipsets, including Tegra, which should bring high definition streaming to portable devices like Microsoft's Zune HD and several of upcoming smartphones.

It's unclear exactly when users will be getting their hands on the updated Flash Player, or if the GPU-acceleration feature will initially be exclusive to Nvidia hardware, but the company is expected to make an official announcement next month, on October 5th. Adobe has previously said they hope to have accelerated Flash for Ion and other graphics chipsets in the first half of 2010.

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windmill007 said:

about time...flash is such a CPU hog

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Of course since it's developed by Adobe it wont be following any standards and sloppily coded at that

I mean, why would they consider coding it in OpenCL so it worked with both Windows and Linux, and on graphics cards from both nVidia and ATI?

Then we would not be able to bad mouth them, and where would the fun in that be?

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Ah, but if it was coded in an open format, there wouldn't be any nVidia bias... This is nVidia's attempt to get their mobile (netbook) platform to be preferred, trying to fight the Intel marketing campaign that actually makes it cheaper to buy Intel's entire mobile chipset than it is to buy the just the Atom processor separately... You have to find some way to fight wicked price fixing like that, if you want to stay alive... And so, we the consumers get proprietary software that works great on limited sets of equipment, which means we have to pay more attention to what we buy. Ah well, as long as Intel and nVidia make their money, right?

PayneX said:


They haven't moved their arse to publish a supremely necessary 64-bit version of flash so I can't help but be sceptical of this.

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Better be done in OpenCL or it shouldn't be done at all.

Guest said:

movie-smoothly-on-a-netbook-demo/2327340554 for the video. :)

Guest said:

I'd be more interested if they concentrated on a 64-bit flash player first...

Been promised for ages but nothing still.

MrAnderson said:

It is indeed about time...

It would be nice if the information was more forthcoming with not just the "mini platforms". This would be great for all GPU having machines.

More over Adobe should consider other areas that could benefit from GPU boost. The vector graphics API could use a boost with co-processing too.

It could do what DirectX did initially. A software mode and a Hardware mode implementation.

I guess it always seems like a no brainer to us, but perhaps there more than meets the eye when it comes to issues the developers must only have insight into.

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