AMD GPUs to Have Full Frame Rate HD Playback on Flash 11.2
In the general perception, Flash has somewhat become the exact opposite of innovative platforms for the Internet.
In fact, Adobe may have killed all future opportunities for Flash when it announced in November of last year that it would not pursue any further development for Flash on mobile platforms. It has been some time since we have read anything positive about Flash outside of Adobe, so it is surely surprising to see AMD highlighting the features in the recently released Flash Player 11.2 to promote its processors.
According to Clarice Simmons, a marketing manager at AMD, Flash 11.2 arrives with broader driver support that enables the Stage 3D rendering feature to be supported "even more widely available across both AMD-based mobile and desktop form factors." Simmons quoted Adobe claiming that 11.2 delivers "up to 1,000 times faster graphics rendering than Flash Player 10 and AIR 2 with the power to smoothly animate millions of objects at a screen refresh rate of 60 frames per second" by taking advantage of the horsepower in GPUs.
Simmons also noted that Flash 11.2 now integrates a mouse-lock feature and multi-threaded video decoding support. She mentioned that AMS was "very pleased with the performance" of Flash 11.2 on AMD systems. Stage Video apparently delivers "full frame rate, full screen HD playback across [AMD's] entire family of APUs including those that power sub-$300 notebooks."