NVIDIA, a company once focused entirely on giant graphics cards for home computers, has already quite successfully re-positioned itself as a player in the mobile graphics world. Now it’s poised to really shake things up, announcing the acquisition of Icera. The UK-based company you’ve probably never heard of has a line of on 3G and 4G baseband processors used in wireless devices and USB modems — chips that are said to be smaller, more flexible, and more efficient than the competition from Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson. Icera seems to have been focused heavily on LTE of late, which puts NVIDIA in a good place to not only manage what happens to the data when its inside your next-gen phone or tablet, but to also control just how it gets there in the first place. A future Tegra SoC that handles wireless data too? Color us intrigued.
NVIDIA acquiring wireless chip manufacturer Icera, doubling-down on the post-PC era originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 May 2011 10:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.