Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Flash Player 10.1 really a major release?

Having used Flash Player 10.1 for a while now, I am blown away by the number of very cool advances. Most of these are subtle yet some are of staggering implication. Recently, I came accross a video made by Neil Trevett from NVIDIA where he discusses GPU acceleration in Flash Player 10.1. The video showcases how Flash Player and NVIDIA offload work from the CPU to the GPU (NVIDIA’s ION chip). The results are very impressive, enabling Flash Player to provide HD video on a range of devices — even the smaller netbooks.

As Neil says, “Flash Player 10.1 is a real advance for Flash Player, actually much more than the ‘dot one’ would indicate.” I am tending to agree with him. Here is the video:

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