Adobe announces GPU accelerated Flash

Written by Tim Smalley

June 3, 2009 // 6:41 a.m.

Tags: #accelerated #adobe #broadcom #computex-2009 #flash #gpu #nvidia

COMPUTEX 2009: Just a day after we were told that while a GPU accelerated Flash player was on the way, there was no timeframe, Adobe has confirmed that it is working to deliver on this with Nvidia and Broadcom.

The Flash player will be accelerated on all Nvidia GPUs and also utilise Broadcom’s Crystal HD chip – the focus is on platforms like Atom and Tegra, which don’t have enough horsepower to play HD Flash videos smoothly using just the CPU.

It’s something we’ve been crying out for for quite some time now.

Although Nvidia didn’t provide a timeline for GPU accelerated Flash, Broadcom did say that it expects its accelerated Flash Player support to start in the first half of 2010. That’s a little later than we were hoping for and, frankly, we’re disappointed we’re going to have to wait that long. Oh well.

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