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Nvidia announces partnerships to develop LTE modems

Ups its game
Fri Feb 24 2012, 15:40

CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced a partnership with GCT Semiconductor and Renesas Mobile to co-develop Tegra 3 chips and 4G LTE modems.

Nvidia working with the two firms will speed up the development and reduce time to market of Tegra 3 devices with LTE technology. It also highlights that Nvidia is upping its game to compete with rival chip vendors like Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, which already offer this type of package.

Nvidia said on its blog, "OEM partners can now take their current Nvidia-powered devices to the next level by creating next-gen LTE products with a fast time to market."

It also said that it will improve overall experience, allowing more users across more markets to access the "award-winning performance capabilities, next-gen games, and lightning fast apps enabled by Tegra".

"Through fast data access offered by LTE, users get even better multiplayer gaming options, lightning fast web browsing, supercharged app downloads... and the list goes on and on," claimed Nvidia.

Dr Kyeongho Lee, president and CEO of GCT Semiconductor said, "By combining Nvidia's excellent graphics and display performance with GCT's advanced LTE single-chip solution, we believe we can provide a very attractive turnkey design for LTE smartphones and tablets."

Earlier this week ZTE announced the first smartphone to have both an Nvidia applications processor and an Nvidia modem. The Mimosa X handset has a Tegra 2 chip and an Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, both by Nvidia.

If Everything Everywhere lives up to its promise we could have a 4G network rolling out across the UK by the end of this year. It's just waiting for approval from the UK telecom regulator Ofcom. µ


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