NVIDIA has officially announced that their Icera 410 LTE multimode data modem has been tested and approved by AT&T to be used on their LTE networks. This is only the second multimode modem to be approved by AT&T, so this is seen as a pretty big occasion for NVIDIA. This of course means that AT&T devices with Tegra 3 will from now on support LTE! That was their biggest problem; the fact that such a new processor didn’t support LTE was ridiculous. But NVIDIA has been making up for it.
NVIDIA acquired Icera last June, and it seems to have been a great business decision. The first Tegra 3 LTE phone is set to be the ZTE Mimosa X, proudly rocking an Icera 410 and both LTE and HSPA+.
I have a few questions for NVIDIA though. First of all, wouldn’t a dedicated modem heavily affect battery life? And second, why couldn’t you have waited and given us the HTC One X instead of the XL?! A Tegra 3 powered One X would be great, not because the Tegra 3 is better than the Snapdragon S4, but because of the TegraZone. Either way, I’m very glad NVIDIA has created an LTE modem.
Full press release:
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—May 24, 2012—NVIDIA today announced that the NVIDIA® Icera® 410 LTE multimode data modem chipset for tablets and clamshell devices has been tested and validated for operation on the AT&T 4G LTE network.
AT&T qualification tests help ensure that product manufacturers can confidently select chipsets that integrate with connected devices and can quickly achieve final product qualification.
“Validation with AT&T is an achievement that paves the way for NVIDIA Icera-powered LTE devices on the AT&T network through this year and next,” said Stan Boland, senior vice president of Mobile Communications at NVIDIA.
The NVIDIA Icera 410 LTE modem delivers lightning-fast web browsing, video streaming and multiplayer gaming to tablets and clamshell devices. It is the first Icera modem to implement 4G LTE in NVIDIA’s software defined radio baseband processor. Together with its multimode radio transceiver, the chipset offers 4G LTE at category 2 data rates (up to 50 Mbps) as well as 4G HSPA+, 3G and 2G compatibility.