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AMD rolls out Catalyst 9.11, provides GPU-accelerated Flash support

by Tarinder Sandhu on 17 November 2009, 19:58

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD)

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On the very same day that NVIDIA rolled out drivers for accelerating Flash 10.1 on CUDA-enabled GPU, AMD has done the same with the latest iteration of its monthly Catalyst set.

Looking at the release notes:

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst™ 9.11 Windows release include:

New Features

GPU Acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta

      This release of ATI Catalyst™ supports the new Hardware Acceleration features of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta for video encoded in the H.264 format.  Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta introduces hardware-based H.264 video decoding to deliver smooth video playback, reduce system resource utilization, and preserve battery life.  Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta is expected to be available for download from Adobe Labs (labs.adobe.com) before the end of the year. This feature is supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5800, ATI Radeon HD 5700 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series of products

High Quality downscaling for video transcoding MSE    

         This release of ATI Catalyst™ includes an enhancement for the ATI Video converter for users transcoding high quality interlaced content (1920x1080i @60i videos) down to small resolution progressive content (320x240 @30p - iPod videos as an example), by maintaining high visual quality when down-scaling by a significant amount and converting interlaced video content to progressive.

Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst™ 9.11 release include:

New Feature

Support for new Linux operating systems

  • This release of ATI Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems: 
      • RHEL 5.4 support
      • openSUSE 11.2 early look support
Interestingly, GPU-based support, made available through Stream technology, is now extended to the Radeon HD 4000-series, rather than being the preserve of DX11 cards.

AMD's chief marketing officer, Nigel Dessau, gives his (AMD-orientated) slant on the announcement here, and you can download the H.264-optimised Flash 10.1 beta here.

Anyway, here are the link to the drivers:

Cat 9.11 - Windows 7/Vista - 32-bit

Cat 9.11 - Windows 7/Vista - 64-bit

Cat 9.11 - Windows XP - 32-bit

Cat 9.11 - Windows XP - 64-bit

Full release notes here (PDF).

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No love for 3800 series then?
Is this beta like nVidia's drivers?
Nope, their normal monthly release. Although why flash is getting any kind of mention in drivers at all is well beyond me. h.264 accel. has already been implemented in DXVA.