NVIDIA has recently made a major decision to close down Icera modem operations in the 2nd quarter of fiscal 2016. It's not just closing but the operations or technology is up for sale after more than four years since its 2011 acquisition.
This week NVIDIA has its Tegra 4i processor delivering mobile data speeds as the company has never been able before, complete with an integrated i500 LTE modem first delivered here, on the Tegra 4 platform. With the NVIDIA i500 LTE modem integrated in to the Tegra 4i, NVIDIA has demonstrated speeds of up to 150Mbps with an emulation of an LTE Cat 4 network.
Today we've got our hands on the brand new beast known as the ZTE Grand X, complete with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4.3-inch QHD display, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This device also has, believe it or not, an NVIDIA modem - the NVIDIA i450 (Icera) to be exact. ZTE also makes another device with this modem, the ZTE Era. This device, the ZTE Grand X, is made to bring on power at an undeniably affordable price.
HTC impressed everyone in the Android world back in February when they announced their brand new HTC One banded devices like the One X, One S, and the budget friendly One V. AT&T quickly jumped on the flagship HTC One X with it's 4.7-inch display, Android 4.0 ICS, and a quad-core processor. Sadly for their 4G LTE rollout plans they ended up switching to a dual-core processor instead. Today however a brand new HTC One phone was spotted with some mighty impressive specs.
One of the more frustrating trends in the world of high-end Android phones as of late has been the somewhat slow adoption of quad-core processors like NVIDIA's Tegra 3 on speedy LTE networks. Up to now we've seen major phones like the HTC One X "settle" for a dual-core design when debuting on LTE carriers, simply because the standards for the combination of SoC and radio weren't ready yet. Today NVIDIA has announced that its Icera radio module has been certified for use with AT&T's LTE bands.
NVIDIA is making some huge strides in the mobile scene as of late. With their first fully powered smartphone in the ZTE Mimosa X and more. Today they've officially announced that they will be working and partnered with some of the biggest lead suppliers of 4G LTE cellular silicone solutions. This will allow current and next-gen 4G LTE devices to come to market faster -- all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
Big news from the team in green today. NVIDIA is proud to announce their very first entry into the smartphone game. Now what does that mean? The ZTE Mimosa X smartphone will be the first device with both the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the NVIDIA Icera HSPA+ mobile chipset modem. The first smartphone fully powered by the NVIDIA chipset.