Just days ahead of the much anticipated Mobile World Congress, several companies have revealed their plans for the near future. One such company is Nvidia, the well-known chip maker. The company has announced its partnership with two LTE radio providers, namely GCT Semiconductor and Renesas Mobile.
This partnership is meant to result in the creation of LTE Tegra 3 reference hardware. According to Nvidia, the design will enable the OEMs to build LTE Tegra 3 devices which are more inexpensive and are produced much more quickly.
This move, that of partnering with the two firms, by Nvidia is being considered a very significant move by the chip maker. It may depict Nvidia’s willingness to work with multiple vendors to get LTE into Tegra 3 devices. Nvidia seems to have focused its energies on LTE. And although it is already producing its own all-in-one LTE and processor solutions, it seems like the company wishes to extend the technology to other radio providers and lend them reference designs under appropriate terms.
The reference designs, which Nvidia aims to offer to other radio providers, are actually a way for the manufacturers to implement SoCs and other hardware components in the manner most effective. Nvidia’s earlier ventures with LTE ended up as more or less failures and this may have taught the company a lesson or two, so that we can expect it to tread slow and carefully this time.
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