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Nvidia Enters Next-Gen LTE Pact With Suppliers

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Nvidia is partnering with several cellular silicon suppliers to add LTE support to the Tegra 3 SoC, allowing OEMs to quickly add 4G LTE to their current Tegra 3 designs.

On Thursday, Nvidia announced a partnership that will in time put the company in the same league as Texas Instruments and Qualcomm who provide integrated SoC/modem combo solutions for the mobile market.

Earlier this week, Nvidia introduced the very first all-chip smartphone, the ZTE Mimosa X, which features both Nvidia's Tegra 2 SoC and its Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. But this new deal has Nvidia teaming up with GCT Semiconductor and Renesas Mobile to add LTE support to its quad-core Tegra 3 SoC. This is a good thing, as the marriage will help smartphone makers get their products to the market faster.

Typically if manufacturers don't go with Qualcomm or Texas Instruments, they must work with two separate companies (one for processor, one for modem) when creating their device. But with Nvidia, GCT and Renesas working together, the new agreement eliminates that bottleneck, allowing OEMs to take their current Tegra 3-powered products to the next level by adding 4G LTE... and with a lightning-fast time frame to the market at that.

"This will let more users in more markets access the award-winning performance capabilities, next-gen games, and lightning fast apps enabled by Tegra," said Nvidia's Phil Carmack. "This [also] helps push the envelope on the overall mobile experience. 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."

Additional details surrounding the new partnership will be revealed next week during MWC 2012.

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    fyasko , February 24, 2012 7:06 AM
    *buys Nvidia stock.*
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2012 7:08 AM
    just release maxwell alongside ivy bridge and i will be happy for 2 years.
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    esrever , February 24, 2012 7:33 AM
    This is nice stuff, hopefully tegra 3 will work its way into more phones.
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    nebun , February 24, 2012 8:35 AM
    now mater how powerful a processor is, it will still have medicre battery life and performance because of all the crap-ware the service providers put on them....and somehow we still can't remove them legally...this is bs....i am referring to verizon, at&t, tmobile, etc...
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    alidan , February 24, 2012 12:12 PM
    nebunnow mater how powerful a processor is, it will still have medicre battery life and performance because of all the crap-ware the service providers put on them....and somehow we still can't remove them legally...this is bs....i am referring to verizon, at&t, tmobile, etc...

    you have some ammount of a point, i would love to see stock android and non stock comparisons, this could do away with the battery life because of the lower end ninja core apposed to the 4 strong ones though.
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    Vladislaus , February 24, 2012 12:19 PM
    nebunnow mater how powerful a processor is, it will still have medicre battery life and performance because of all the crap-ware the service providers put on them....and somehow we still can't remove them legally...this is bs....i am referring to verizon, at&t, tmobile, etc...

    You can always buy a SIM free phone, this way it doesn't have the provider crap-ware.
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    __-_-_-__ , February 24, 2012 1:54 PM
    VladislausYou can always buy a SIM free phone, this way it doesn't have the provider crap-ware.

    or just format it with another firmware and debrand it.
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    nebun , February 24, 2012 6:18 PM
    VladislausYou can always buy a SIM free phone, this way it doesn't have the provider crap-ware.

    at what price?
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    nebun , February 24, 2012 6:19 PM
    __-_-_-__or just format it with another firmware and debrand it.

    it's called ROOTING....and it voids the warranty....i personally would like to keep my warranty, just in case something happens
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    eddieroolz , February 24, 2012 8:58 PM
    Right now would be a good time to invest in NVidia stock.