A GPU can vastly improve the look of online video, line art and 3D graphics.
Early web browsers were almost entirely text based. But today’s Internet has become an intensely visual experience. Whether it’s TV shows on Hulu or the World of Warcraft massively multiplayer online game in a browser, the visual Internet is everywhere.
In the past several years, new standards have led to improved graphics and video, and even real-time 3D animation in browsers, all of which take advantage of the tremendous visual computing power built into modern GPUs. The result is a fluid and responsive visual Internet experience. The era of jumpy animation and stuttering video is over.
With a GPU installed, line drawings using scalable vector graphics can be expanded to nearly any size and still look good. Adobe Player 10.1 offers hardware acceleration of animation and video. WebGL implements a powerful 3D programming interface in web browsers, using the power of an AMD Radeon™ GPU to deliver a deep gaming experience.
Video codecs compress standard and high definition video, so it can be delivered to your PC at modest bandwidths. But when it's time to decompress and play back the video it can sap your computer's resources. An AMD Radeon™ GPU is a terrific tool for smoothing out online video playback. The next generation of web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4, will support HTML5, Flash 10.1 and H.264, a high definition video compression standard.
Not all visual experiences are based on video. If you’ve ever watched a chart or line art slowly paint across the screen in your web browser, you’ll appreciate a standard like SVG, which uses shapes to create graphics unlike its precursor bitmap, which uses dots. The result is pleasing text, visually striking charts and drawings in web browsers.
SVG designers can animate vector graphics using HTML5 Canvas, allowing animations to scale properly and look correct, even with very high screen resolution or large browser window size. That means smoother animation, but also the end of pixelated or jagged-looking images. SVG even includes a basic print markup language, which gives you more control when printing web content.
Gaming in a browser has long been limited to small window sizes that get distorted when scaled larger. The relatively few 3D browser games have required proprietary gaming engines, and don't work across all systems or graphics cards. WebGL, based on the venerable OpenGL 3D graphics programming standard, will change that. FireFox 4, Chrome and Safari's upcoming releases will all support WebGL, enabling gorgeous, real-time 3D worlds in web browsers — no plugins needed.
WebGL will take advantage of advanced 3D hardware, such as AMD Radeon™ GPUs. Finally, game developers can create engaging gaming experiences in a web browser using industry standards.
Whether you're watching video, playing online games, or using online graphics, an AMD Radeon™ GPU can take full advantage of the latest and greatest browser standards to give you a smooth and aesthetically pleasing visual internet experience.