Welcome to Embeddedflash.com. Its 2014 and the landscape in multimedia world has changed quite a bit HTML5 standard is complete and Flash is no longer existent on mobile. I've also taken a short break from blog but I hope to restart it in the near future. I am no longer functioning as Adobe's Scaling Partner and looking for new opportunities. If you are looking for a technically savvy, energetic business development, marketing or sales person, please email me.

HTML5 today = Flash in 2002

Browsers, Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash 11, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, HTML5, Rich Internet Applications, Semiconductors October 23rd, 2012

I came across this article via my network on linked-in and couldn’t agree more. There was a panel at Cable-Tec expo at Orlando and these remarks were made by Albert Lai, Innovation architect at Brightcove. Everybody is tremendously excited about HTML5 today but there’s tremendous amount of fragmentation today with respect to browsers, platforms features and what not. I often spend lot of time educating customers about these shortcomings and we plan on writing a white paper in the near future. ......continue reading

Renesas Devcon 2010- session on multimedia technology

Android, Desktop Flash Player, Flash 10, Flash Lite ports, Google, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, HTML5, Media players, On2 and Sorenson/FLV, Operating Systems, Processors- ARM, Semiconductors October 19th, 2010

Recently I had a privilege to be on the panel at Renesas Devcon 2010. Renesas, for those of you don’t know, is one of the top chip companies and has a large portfolio of microcontrollers.  I was one of the panelists on ‘Meet the Experts’ session that focused on multimedia technologies. The session was titled “Multimedia Issues in Embedded Systems Design”. The audience was fairly interactive during the session and the discussion centered around on Android, Flash, Video, Audio, Hardware decoders and in general challenges in designing successful products. Some of the key giveaways I noted from the session are as follows. ......continue reading

Flash 10.1 now ready

Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Devices- iPhone, Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 4, Flash Lite ports, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, Semiconductors, Video Technology June 14th, 2010

I am sure several of you saw a notice pop-up on your PC in the morning about the latest Flash update from Adobe ….. Yes, that’s right- Flash player 10.1 is now officially available. Adobe Flash player team’s blog lists all the enhancements in fairly detail. A look at comments also gives you a glimpse into joy and grievances of public. The thing about Flash is that it is so powerful that no matter how many enhancements you make to it, there will always be something else to do. Adobe’s team does deserve a big round of applause for releasing FP10.1 on schedule. ......continue reading

MIPS to support Android

Android, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash Lite ports, Google, Semiconductors July 8th, 2009

MIPS has joined the ever increasing list of chipsets supporting Android. MIPS makes CPU architectures and licenses it to different silicon vendors. Whereas ARM is strong in cellular and mobile market, MIPS is strong in digital home market. So this would mean that Android is starting to make its way into verticals outside of mobile. RMI, a licensee of MIPS is already demoing the Android port on its chipsets. ......continue reading

Calsoft ports Flash Lite to Analog Devices Blackfin processor

Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Devices- iPhone, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, OS- Embedded linux, Semiconductors January 14th, 2009

Calsoft Labs, an Adobe Flash Lite distributor has ported Flash Lite 3.1 to Analog Devices’s Blackfin processor. The Blackfin processor is a DSP chip targette towards the consumer and mobile market. The port is available for the BF 548 chip and runs on uCLinux OS. The port supports all the standard Flash Lite features, and runs on the reference board provided by Analog Devices. ......continue reading

Sigma Design chips to support Flash Lite

Devices- Embedded, Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Semiconductors January 13th, 2009

At CES, Sigma Design announced support for Flash Lite on Sigma Design chipset. Sigma chipsets are popular in set-top-box market and are also used in IPTV and DTVs. So with this, Flash Lite is officially supported on Broadcom, intel and Sigma Design. Intel is the upcoming player, but Broadcom and Sigma are dominant in the existing digital home market. ......continue reading

After Intel, its Broadcom

Devices- Embedded, Devices- Set-top boxes, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite ports, Semiconductors January 7th, 2009

Well- Flash Lite is coming to Broadcom chips also. Broadcom and Adobe Systems have announced that they will work together to integrate Adobe’s Flash Lite into Broadcom’s latest digital television and set-top box system-on-a-chip platforms. Adobe Flash Lite 3 software will be supported in Broadcom’s BCM3549, BCM3556, BCM7400 and BCM7405 system-on-a-chip solutions. The Flash-enabled products are expected to be available to manufacturers in the first half of 2009. ......continue reading

NEC releases OpenVG hardware support for Flash Lite

Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Processors- ARM, Semiconductors December 23rd, 2008

NEC has announced support for OpenVG 1.1 in its GA88 series IWAYG graphics IP. The supported applications include Flash Lite 3.1. The release says that about 5-10X increase in graphics performance is possible with the latest hardware. The GA88 series is targetted towards digital home appliances, car devices and digital signage systems. ......continue reading

Intel to Apple: Use our processor so you can run Flash!

Devices- iPhone, Flash Enabled Devices, Processors- ARM, Semiconductors October 23rd, 2008

In a recent Intel Developer Conference at Taipei, Intel blamed Apple’s choice of ARM for not having Flash on iPhone.  Duh…. From the release: ......continue reading

Intel Atom making its way into iPhone?

Devices- Embedded, Devices- iPhone, Mobile applications, Mobile phones, Operating Systems, Semiconductors September 8th, 2008

I came accross this article on embedded.com, that talks about how Apple is close to signing a deal with Intel to use Atom in its next generation iPhones. Then I came accross several other reports that basically deny that anything is happening, and that Intel Germany head’s remarks that started thr rumors, have been interpreted incorrectly. ......continue reading

X86 everywhere- in DTVs, STBs, Handhelds (but not in cellphones)

Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Handheld, Devices- Set-top boxes, Mobile phones, Semiconductors August 26th, 2008

Intel has made several announcements at IDF that promise to take X86 architecture into a host of new markets. We all know that Intel has already announced (and is shipping) UMPCs based on Atom processor. Atom is a low end X86 processor that is lot cheaper than Celeron, and of course consumes lot less power. So it is ideal for a Nokia N800 class devices and other MIDs. ......continue reading

Media processor not required in future mobile handsets

Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Mobile phones, Semiconductors, Video Technology June 29th, 2008

According to a recent analysis in DSP Designline , the main CPU is getting more powerful everyday and the media processor that handeled much of video processing functionality will no longer be needed in future handsets. The article sites research by Portelligent that there are no new media applications on the horizon that’ll drive need for the second ‘video processing’ chip.The use of a secondary processor in high-end smart phones could fall to just 20 percent of new designs by 2010, according to Portelligent. The company sites ths trend that cameraphones are no longer moving to higher resolution like they have been in the past. For example. the cameraphone resolution is expected to increase to 2.5 MP in the near future, from crurrent 2 MP. The report says that the baseband processor will get better at handeling this resolution and therefore the need for secondary media processor will decrease. ......continue reading

Freescale Technology Forum

Semiconductors June 19th, 2008

I was at Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) 2008 at Orlando. The forum was a true extravagent display of Freescale’s (FSL) technology.  FSL literally papered all the attendees which I guess were mostly their customers and partners. The event had excellent food, tonnes of paid open bars, BareNaked ladies concert, countless prizes and freebees, snickers and kitkat for snacks, spotme to locate people(I’ll have to write a separate post on this, but that was indeed a cool technology), conference badge with LED display that can be programmed for anything- I can go on and on. Oh and did I mention several interesting demos, and technical sessions? ......continue reading

Linux to be the most popular OS for MIDs(Mobile Internet Devices)

Devices- Embedded, Devices- iPhone, Mobile phones, OS- Embedded linux, Semiconductors June 15th, 2008

Apparently Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) is a term coined by Intel, and is used to refer to class of devices similar to Nokia’s N800. A new research report released by Forward Concept claims that Linux will be the most popular OS in the MIDs, and such devices will be dominated by ARM, not ATOM and Linux, not Windows. All the MID talk and emergence of new class of devices sounds  fascinating, but I have a fundamental question: ......continue reading

Intel’s atoms

Devices- Embedded, Semiconductors June 3rd, 2008

 intel-atoms.jpeg                                                           Oops- I meant Intel’s Atom processor. Intel is moving full steam with it. Apparently Intel’s keynote at Computex in Taipei focused on mobile devices, and announcement of its new line of Atom processors, codenamed ‘Diamondville’. ......continue reading