AMD turbo boosts Flash Player 10.1 with ATI Stream technology

Chip giant AMD has announced that the Flash Player 10.1 beta released by Adobe today is to offer support for platforms powered by Vision Technology from AMD to deliver high-quality, high definition (HD) on Flash platform -based video and other rich Web based content and applications.

Chip giant AMD has announced that the Flash Player 10.1 beta released by Adobe today is to offer support for platforms powered by Vision Technology from AMD to deliver high-quality, high definition (HD) on Flash platform -based video and other rich Web based content and applications.

Flash Player 10.1 will make use of ATI's Stream technology and offer a balanced approach using both AMD CPUs and GPUs for an amazing experience, including improved video playback, and which will in turn reduced CPU utilization and extended battery life.

Flash Player 10.1 uses the standard DXVA APIs in Windows to take advantage of available hardware acceleration from supported AMD products running the appropriate ATI Catalyst driver on Windows-based PCs1. AMD worked closely with Adobe to leverage the DirectX application programming interface and ATI Stream technology to decode H.264 video with requiring the GPU.

“AMD and Adobe have collaborated to enable ATI Stream technology through Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to help end users more easily experience , create and share their visual media,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president of AMD’s Products Group. “Adobe Flash Player is one of the world's most pervasive multimedia platforms and the number one video platform on the web today. By taking advantage of both the CPU and GPU resources available on AMD platforms, the new player delivers video that looks and performs better than ever before.”

“AMD has been at the forefront of utilizing both the CPU and GPU on x86-based platforms to improve the performance of popular runtimes like the new Adobe Flash Player 10.1,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “Consumers will be able to enjoy a smooth viewing experience when accessing rich, HD video content built with the Adobe Flash Platform on AMD based Windows PCs.”

Developers can download the beta version of Flash Player 10.1 from Adobe’s web site today. Flash Player 10.1 is expected to be generally available from Adobe in the first half of 2010.  Abode Flash 10.1 will be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics, including:

  • ATI Radeon HD 4000, HD 5700 and HD 5800 series graphics
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series graphics (and higher)
  • ATI Radeon HD 3000 integrated graphics (and higher)
  • ATI FirePro V3750, V5700, V7750, V8700 and V8750 graphics accelerators (and later) 

Check out the difference Stream technology makes by watching this video.