Tegra 3

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


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NVIDIA Icera modem validated for AT&T's LTE network


Currently using the Tegra 3 on my Transformer Prime, and I can say I am a believer in Nvidia. This is exciting news. We will finally not have to be the ones who don't get the phones with this great processor, AND we get to have LTE. However, with the sweet gaming/video offered by the Nvidia coupled with LTE, they will need to make the phones with replaceable batteries. That and removable storage and that's a dream phone.

barring a couple of android phones and the iphone series, all the phones I've ran across have removable batteries and expandable storage.

Someone (Jerry?) correct me if I'm wrong, but no where does the article or press release state that this chip is Tegra 3 or quad-core or even a processor at all. It sounds like it's a modem chip that integrates LTE, HSPA+, 3G, and 2G into one radio receiver. While this is still a really good thing for connectivity, battery life, and form factor (having 1 chip for all radios vs 2 or 3 gives greater flexibility and thinner devices), I think people see NVIDIA and assume we're talking processors.

Am I missing something?

It is a software prgrammable modem chip, allowing them to support different carriers. Qualcomm has LTE chips but apparently doesn't care to work with Nvidia to supply it for Tegra designs, so Nvidia has to do it themselves. Future versions could be integrated into Tegra chips.

As a Verizon Customer I am starting to see a pattern that I don't care for.. It seems to me in a very subtle way, ATT is being 1st in too many things that bother me.. They got the Galaxy SII.. They got the Galaxy Note.. They got the HTC One X... Now this.. The one shining phone we have ( In most people's opinion.. Personally I hate it ) is the Galaxy Nexus. GSM vs CDMA call it what you want.. But to me its a Subtle Shift in Power... Boy.. If it were not for my Unlimited Data Plan, The Galaxy Note would be sitting here in front of me.

@RaiderWill you right, it seems like AT&T gets first on everything now, maybe cause Verizon only will work with Motorola their products are great but sometimes you have to look at other options out there too, so that's why AT&T taking its time to make their business better (slowly but showly) sorry you lost your unlimited data...Go AT&T