Calsoft Labs Announces Availability of Hardware Accelerated Adobe Flash Player for Linux on AMD Embedded G-Series APUs

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 09:50 hrs

Bangalore, Karnataka, India:Calsoft Labs today announced that their hardware accelerated Adobe Flashή Player solution is available for Linux running on AMD Embedded G-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Calsoft Labs, an Adobe scaling partner, will provide solutions from Adobe consisting of Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR for TV. These solutions accelerate Flash based video using the AMD X-Video Bitstream Acceleration (XvBA) API available for Linux. By leveraging the AMD UVD hardware video decoder through XvBA, the solution reduces CPU usage by as much as 70 percent1 when compared to software only playback. The solution offers unprecedented stability on the system during playback of internet video sites such as YouTube Leanback while additional applications are operating. The Calsoft Labs solution is primarily targeted for use in digital home devices.

The AMD Embedded G-Series APU is targeted towards a broad range of embedded systems including digital home applications such as set-top boxes and IPTV. The x86-based APU runs from 800MHz to 1.65GHz depending on the SKU and supports the AMD XvBA API for the H.264 hardware decoder using the AMD Linux Graphics Driver. The vast majority of premium video delivered worldwide on the internet today is based on Adobe Flashή Player. Lack of suitable hardware accelerated Flash Player solutions for Linux often limits the playback of internet video on digital home devices in the market. The new Calsoft Labs solution not only enhances user experience on popular web sites such as Hulu, but also enables OEMs to run other applications such as picture-in-picture viewing at the same time.

Calsoft Labs offers a wide range of services targeted towards digital home platforms including Flash Player and Adobe AIR porting and certification. Calsoft Labs has successfully delivered numerous multimedia solutions to date to a wide range of platforms such as Linux, Android™, and Microsoftή Windows CE/Mobile. Calsoft Labs also offers full life-cycle product development and sustaining engineering services to OEMs/ODMs in automotive infotainment, consumer electronics, network infrastructure and storage markets.

“The AMD APUs with XvBA based H.264 hardware decoder are ideal for Flash based video playback in a wide range of devices,” said Anand Joshi, Vice President of Digital Home Technology BU at Calsoft Labs. “The solution will enable OEMs to offer true internet on TV experience. This is particularly important in light of manufacturers of digital home devices embedding Flash Player to view premium video content.”

“Our collaboration with Calsoft Labs enables our customers to fully leverage the power of the AMD Embedded G-Series APUs in a Linux environment,” said Kevin Tanguay, Senior Product Marketing Manager, AMD Embedded Solutions Group. “Hardware accelerated Flash based video is a requirement of several target applications for the AMD Embedded G-Series APU, and this product from Calsoft Labs enables a quality user experience on these devices”.

The solution is available today and OEMs can request evaluation version via Calsoft Labs web site. Further upgrades are being planned and will be released in subsequent quarters.

About Calsoft Labs

Calsoft Labs is the product design arm of the € 1.07 billion ALTEN Group. Calsoft Labs offers technology consulting and product engineering services globally to equipment manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs), semiconductor vendors, and independent software vendors (ISVs). Calsoft Labs operates state-of-the-art product design and development centers at Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore in India, with sales & support offices worldwide including North America, Europe and Asia. For more information visit

1 As per tests run on the AMD DB-FT1 Development Board
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