NVIDIA showed its Ion chipset accelerating HD video on a netbook. While the hardware can already process HD already on the system, the new demo shows YouTube’s HD video smoothly with Ion’s full decoding enabled where the same footage stutters when it has to rely mostly on the Atom processor. The technique works by adapting Ion to recognize and process the H.264 encoded video inside the Flash environment. Adobe and NVIDIA have previously said they hope to have accelerated Flash for Ion and other graphics chipsets in the first half of 2010.
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