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Flash Player Receives GPU Support

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Nvidia and Adobe are combining forces as part of the Open Screen Project.

As a result, Adobe's Flash Player will finally receive GPU support, covering a "wide range of mobile Internet devices" that include netbooks, tablets, mobile phones, and other portable devices that would otherwise choke of Flash animation rendering without GPU acceleration. The support will span across a wide range of Nvidia GPUs, including Tegra, enabling full H.264 video playback, "uncompromised" Web browsing, and content derived from Adobe Flash.

According to Nvidia, the purpose of the Open Screen Project is to provide a consistent runtime environment across multiple devices. Spearheaded by Adobe, the OSP's collective includes twenty-five industry leaders (including NBC Universal, LG, and Samsung), and seeks to enable the use of Adobe's  Flash Platform as a foundation to provide web content and other applications on televisions, desktops, mobile devices, and other commonly used devices. With Nvidia GPU acceleration, portable devices will have the ability to render Flash graphics comparable to desktop PCs.

“NVIDIA and Adobe share precisely the same vision – visually compelling applications running on every device,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager, Handheld Business at NVIDIA. “Consumers don’t have to sacrifice streaming video performance on small inexpensive platforms such as netbooks. A Tegra-based platform enables the rich, smooth playback they expect from a desktop PC.”

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    Tindytim , June 3, 2009 1:37 AM
    brendano257How about working with Apple for iphone/ipod Flash? =D And make a *fully working* true 64 bit version...REALLY.

    What?

    Something doesn't work on an Apple product? But doesn't it "just work"?

    THEY LIED TO ME!!!
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    gwolfman , June 2, 2009 10:30 PM
    Finally!!! This will help the Ion platform a lot!
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    fuser , June 2, 2009 10:43 PM
    Flash *scheduled* to receive CPU support. It's not actually here yet.
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    Luscious , June 2, 2009 10:44 PM
    I've got a better suggestion for Adobe - make Flash backward compatible! The latest version 10 crashes on notebooks that only have 64MB dedicated video cards. Older notebooks and simple netbooks are getting hammered by this. Flash is supposed to be a transparent support application - yet Adobe seems hell-bent on creating a resource hog that will now require high-performance GPU support to function. That approach will make any netbook sold within the last year worthless as a web browser in 12 months.
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    grieve , June 2, 2009 10:59 PM
    Looks like Intel has a war comming with the Ion.
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    maximus559 , June 2, 2009 11:35 PM
    Hope they plan to support all GPUs, not just NVIDIAs. That would be very disagreeable. Barring that possibility, awesome! -and about time too. I've been thinking that Flash should use graphics cards for years.
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    brendano257 , June 3, 2009 1:14 AM
    How about working with Apple for iphone/ipod Flash? =D And make a *fully working* true 64 bit version...REALLY.
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    Tindytim , June 3, 2009 1:37 AM
    brendano257How about working with Apple for iphone/ipod Flash? =D And make a *fully working* true 64 bit version...REALLY.

    What?

    Something doesn't work on an Apple product? But doesn't it "just work"?

    THEY LIED TO ME!!!
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    Anonymous , June 3, 2009 2:08 AM
    Adobe still doesn't have a 64-bit flash player for 64-bit browsers yet!

    Yet we aleady have 64-bit browsers - Both Internet Explorer and FireFox(shiretoko) 3.5 beta 4

    They can't even fix the security holes in any of their software.
    Now they are adding GPU support???

    That's just another venue of attack they are adding if they can't get their act together with securing their software.

    I hear there is plenty of complaints about their CS4 photoshop and other CS4 programs not to mention their customer support is worse than ever.
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    Anonymous , June 3, 2009 2:45 AM
    @Luscious
    ".....will make any netbook sold within the last year worthless as a web browser in 12 months"

    You warn people not to buy horribly under powered computers, but they inevitably do, and in less than 2 years the "not fast enough" complaints always start.
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    Anonymous , June 3, 2009 3:23 AM
    what about On2 VP6 support, most flash video sites use that codec and its also the new JavaFX codec? More sites use VP6 than H264....
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    IzzyCraft , June 3, 2009 4:03 AM
    Maybe youtube can make a H264 that doesn't lag on high complexity scenes at only 30 fps with this.
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    zerapio , June 3, 2009 4:34 AM
    I've been using Foxit reader at home and I'm really impressed with it's speed and tabbing capabilities. Those complaining about Acrobat Reader should give it a try.
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    apache_lives , June 3, 2009 7:32 AM
    grieveLooks like Intel has a war comming with the Ion.


    next gen intels everywhere will have imc's and most of the NB etc - next gen Intel Atoms wont have an Nvidia chipset - nvidia doesnt have a licence to make anything for them!
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    lejay , June 3, 2009 8:07 AM
    Funny how you went from "Flash Player Receives GPU" to "Adobe's Flash Player will finally receive GPU support".

    Has it or will it?
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    norbs , June 3, 2009 8:47 AM
    TindytimWhat?Something doesn't work on an Apple product? But doesn't it "just work"?THEY LIED TO ME!!!

    Dude you realize that how long the iphone and ipod touch have been out for? Why make fun of a good product that still outsells any other smart phone and it's on the shittiest network. Oh ok yeah cuz of all the marketing and fanboys right... give it a break, there is more to a phone then just jamming all the technology you can find into it, reliable and plentiful software makes a huge difference. Look at the black berry storm... It's got way better specs then the iphone but you can't tell because of the shitty OS.
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    Tindytim , June 3, 2009 9:08 AM
    @norbs

    You read way to deeply into that comment, and you read incorrectly. Software is at the bottom of my lists of gripes with Apple.

    I was making a stab at Apple's marketing, and the general bull they spout.
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    ossie , June 3, 2009 9:46 AM
    Adobe is getting more and more like m$, way overpriced, overbloated, crappy, vulnerable $w...
    zingamWhen will AMD start working with developers like that?

    Would be just a lo$$ of time.
    joeman42And yet we still wait for 64 bit support.

    There is a linux alpha. Adobe tried to get a freebie with the FOSS community for 64bit porting, but without opening up it's player. Kinda failed...
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    ViPr , June 3, 2009 1:33 PM
    so this will work for Nvidia only or ATI also?
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    whiz , June 3, 2009 1:42 PM
    Quote:
    NVIDIA and Adobe share precisely the same vision – visually compelling applications running on every device
    Now this one PARTICULARLY made me VERY MAD. If it is so, than HOW COME those hypocritical microsoft ass-licking bastards, haven't made a version of the Creative Suite for Linux? And we're even talking good old x86 instruction set here, not ARM or something exotic. Go to hell with your statements.
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    sublifer , June 3, 2009 2:46 PM
    If they're going to call it an "Open" screen project, then it better work on Intel and AMD GPUs also
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