CAMBRIDGE, UK MIPS Technologies Inc., has released a MIPS-optimized version of the ActionScript virtual machine (VM) that is used in web-connected technologies such as Adobe Flash player.
The ActionScript VM is accessible via the Tamarin open source project, and is a key component in optimizing Adobe Flash Player for running on the MIPS architecture. The optimizations accelerate ActionScript 3 performance on a validation suite of benchmarks by nearly 2.5x relative to the non-optimized VM.
In real terms, according to the company, MIPS’ optimized VM executes twice as fast on a MIPS32 74K CPU core relative to the optimized VM for ARM running on an ARM Cortex A8 CPU1.
Adobe Flash technology for mobile phones, consumer electronics, and Internet-connected digital home devices already runs on a number of leading SoC platforms based on the MIPS architecture.
It enables the delivery of high-definition content and rich applications to Internet-connected TVs and TV-connected consumer electronic devices in the digital living room.
The Adobe Flash platform for the digital home will build on these capabilities with support for custom filters and effects, native 3D transformation and animation, advanced audio processing, and graphics hardware acceleration.
“Adobe Flash technology is key for the Internet-connected multimedia experience in the digital home,” said Art Swift, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies.
“MIPS is committed to optimizing key elements of Adobe Flash Player, starting with the Tamarin project, an open source version of the ActionScript virtual machine used in Flash Player.”