Nvidia qualifies its first LTE modem for tablets on AT&T

Company doesn't just make fast processors. It is now in the LTE modem business too.

Nvidia first LTE modem is ready for AT&T's network.

The Icera 410 LTE modem chipset for tablets and laptops has been tested and validated for operation on the AT&T 4G LTE network, the Santa Clara, Calif. chip supplier said today.

"Validation with AT&T...paves the way for Nvidia Icera-powered LTE devices on the AT&T network through this year and next," Stan Boland, senior vice president of mobile communications at Nvidia, said in a statement.

The 410 is the first Icera modem to implement 4G LTE in Nvidia's "software defined" radio baseband processor.

The chipset offers 4G LTE at category 2 data rates (up to 50 Mbps) as well as 4G HSPA+, 3G. and 2G compatibility, Nvidia said.

Nvidia, a supplier of graphics chips and ARM processors, acquired modem supplier Icera in June of last year.

That acquisition allows Nvidia to bundle its quad-core Tegra 3 chip with an LTE modem -- a first for Nvidia.

Icera has more than 550 patents granted or pending worldwide, and its wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers worldwide.

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