Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 6th May 2010 07:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In 2009 ARM showed off prototype netbooks "capable of driving HD content, can surf the web for 8 hours, and will cost round and about 250 USD". Yet still, none have made it to the market. Why do you think this is so? Because ARM signed a deal with Adobe in 2008 to bring Flash and AIR to the ARM architecture, a promise they will finally deliver later this year. And you wonder why Apple won't have Flash on the iPhone when it can hold back an entire product category for two years.
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RE: Flash Existed BEFORE 2008!
by viton on Fri 7th May 2010 06:58 UTC in reply to "Flash Existed BEFORE 2008!"
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ARM is not one architecture like Intel - there are enough subtle variants that an executable optimized for one version of the chip will not necessarily run on others.

Same for x86. Each major revision of x86 CPU requires core-specific optimizations as well. And SSE4 will not work on P4 or earlier AMD part.

The only ARM cores what worth optimizing are Cortex-A8/A9. Others are legacy.

Flash on ARM? Which flavor? Which audio system? Which video accelerator (how can we tell, is the API for this one public, ...).

System API should be abstracted anyway (as they're multiplatform), so in a matters of days platform specific support can be implemented.
I believe they didn't use video accelerator directly - OpenVG / OpenGL is a way to go.

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