News for 2011-02-10

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* Flash Player 10.2 will be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics, including:

* ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 and HD 5000 Series graphics and AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series graphics
* ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4000 Series graphics (and higher) and AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
* ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series integrated graphics (and higher)
* ATI FirePro™ V3750, V5700, V7750, V8700 and V8750 graphics accelerators (and later)

AMD and Adobe worked together to enable 1080p high-definition (HD) video playback performance via improved video hardware acceleration capabilities on all devices based on the AMD 2011 low-power platform (formerly codenamed "Brazos"), as well as other platforms employing AMD graphics.  With the release of Flash Player 10.2, enhanced 1080p playback capabilities are enabled by AMD’s low-power C-Series and E-Series processors, including C-30, C-50 and E-350, offering a more vivid video experience to users of HD netbooks, notebooks and tablets

* 25nm flash forces Sandforce drives to reduce usable capacity by forcing an increase in flash dedicated to RAISE functionality. Using a 120GB drive as an example usable capacity is reduced by 5GB compared to the 34nm version of the drive. OCZ 25nm Q&A says drives below 180GB capacity are affected by this change in capacity.

* 25nm flash version of OCZ Vertex 2 has slower write speeds and is not labeled any differently than 34nm version. See OCZ 25nm Q&A for technical discussion and complaint about 25nm SSD drives for a feel of the user community reaction.

Dustin at Anandtech.com covers the Puget Systems Serenity SPCR Edition

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