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Nvidia Partners Up to Acquire 3G/4G LTE Wireless Patents

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

Nvidia's getting serious in the wireless game.

It's clear from Nvidia's focus on Tegra that the graphics company knows that there's a future in mobile. For that very reason, Nvidia and Intellectual Ventures (IV) nounced that they have jointly acquired a set of patents developed and owned by IPWireless.

The portfolio comprises approximately 500 patents granted and pending in the wireless communications area, including essential concepts in LTE, LTE-Advanced and 3G/4G technologies. Terms of the acquisition, which closed on April 30, 2012 were not disclosed.

Ownership of the patents was split between Nvidia and IV, with Nvidia licensing the rights to those patents that it did not acquire. As part of the acquisition, IPWireless retains perpetual, royalty-free access to these patents.

"This acquisition complements our ownership of extensive fundamental patents in graphics, visual and mobile computing," said David Shannon, executive vice president and general counsel at Nvidia. "These patents, acquired in collaboration with Intellectual Ventures, will help support our rapidly expanding efforts in the mobile business."

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    nebun , May 16, 2012 11:55 PM
    this is good news....now they need to put all that power in the iphones :) 
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    lemlo , May 16, 2012 11:56 PM
    Now, if they could just find some sort of a foundry deal..
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    rsktek , May 17, 2012 1:16 AM
    nebunthis is good news....now they need to put all that power in the iphones

    That won't happen for another four or five years I'd say, then they'll add some sort of weird unnecessary software and brand it as the next best thing.
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    atikkur , May 17, 2012 2:06 AM
    nvidia only need to patent a foundry
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    DjEaZy , May 17, 2012 5:36 AM
    Nvidia Partners Up to Acquire 3G/4G LTE Wireless Patents... i just hope, that this is not to patent-troll competition...
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    USHypertraxx , May 17, 2012 8:52 AM
    nebunthis is good news....now they need to put all that power in the iphones

    You do know apple uses, old outdated hardware, so.. That will happen around 2030. However you can expect the Galaxy IIII to have it
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    eddieroolz , May 17, 2012 6:10 PM
    Considering that NVidia is really serious about Tegra, this comes as obvious news.
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    blackened144 , May 17, 2012 7:12 PM
    USHypertraxxYou do know apple uses, old outdated hardware, so.. That will happen around 2030. However you can expect the Galaxy IIII to have it

    You mean the old outdated hardware that still includes the best GPU solution for going on almost year now?