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.