NVIDIA calls it quits in developing LTE modems
posted by Maxwell R. / May 08, 2015, 4:43 AM
NVIDIA wanted to do the same, and acquired a company called Icera in 2011. Icera had its own designs for LTE modems and NVIDIA was going to leverage that technology to ride the ever-expanding smartphone phenomenon.
Turns out it is quite difficult to compete at the level, and NVIDIA has announced that it is dialing down its Icera operations. Stating that the company “has reshaped its strategy” in order to concentrate on other applications such as, gaming, cloud computing, and “deep learning” applications involving visual computing.
The last CPU from NVIDIA that integrated Icera LTE modems was the Tegra 4i which was announced a little over two years ago and put to use in the ultra-secure Blackphone. Given the relative non-success of NVIDIA’s mobile processors, this draw down from the space will not likely have a significant market impact for Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, or Intel.
Once the current line of Icera 4G/LTE chips run their course, NVIDIA will partner with other suppliers for modem chipsets. How this will affect the 500 or so employees that work in the Icera operations was not announced.
sources: NVIDIA via The Verge
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I want Nvidia back into the game since their GPU was much better than Adreno series. As a non-Samsung and Apple user, other than Snapdragon powered phones, I can't find any phones with a decent chip on the market. That sucks.
posted on May 08, 2015, 5:38 AM 3
nvidia's first attempts unfortunately were not very good but that has certainly changed. We need them back as the current SoC's available are good but just not good enough, you just know that when Apple release the iPhone 6s they will be using a new powervr GPU and will surpass Android devices by a large margin again.
posted on May 09, 2015, 5:49 AM 0
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Nvidia don't give still waiting for your Tegra X1 phone.
posted on May 08, 2015, 5:45 AM 2
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posted on May 08, 2015, 6:09 AM 0
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Nvidia has called quits for developing LTE modems Doesn't mean Tegra is dead just yet They will most likely continue to make tablet SoCs If they decide to make phone SoCs again then they'll have to add an external LTE modem like the current Exynos chips
posted on May 08, 2015, 7:08 AM 2
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nah. tegra will do just fine. in fact quite well than it was before thanks to automotive (it was one of tegra main market before they enter smartphone/tablet business). and some other company like GE are interested with tegra compute performance. and this is another area where tegra excels.
posted on May 10, 2015, 6:12 AM 0
So sad. The Tegra series had a chance to beat Apple in mobile gaming, especially on the tablet front. Sadly, due to the many Android OEMs slapping Android into a phone, we won't be able to see the potential.
posted on May 08, 2015, 6:36 AM 1
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