NVIDIA has announced that their Icera 410 multimode data modem has been tested and approved for use with AT&T's LTE network. This means that NVIDIA has officially entered the race with Qualcomm to provide embedded LTE equipment for Tablets, and interestingly enough clamshell devices (mentioned by name) on AT&T. The Icera 410 will provide multiband connectivity for 2G, 3G, HSPA+, and LTE category 2 (50Mbps) from one chip, which we've already seen gives a nice boost in battery life compared to multiple hardware radios. No word on anything phone related just yet, this sort of thing goes in baby steps. We're excited every time we see a new player in the game, and can't wait to give a new NVIDIA powered LTE device on AT&T a try. Hit the break for the full, but brief, press release.
NVIDIA Icera Modem Chipset Validated on AT&T LTE Network
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—May 24, 2012—NVIDIA today announced that the NVIDIA® Icera® 410 LTEmultimode data modem chipset for tablets and clamshell devices has been tested and validated foroperation on the AT&T 4G LTE network.
AT&T qualification tests help ensure that product manufacturers can confidently select chipsets thatintegrate 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