So why aren’t there more NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered smartphones in the US market? After all, the international version of the HTC One X has a Tegra 3, while the US version as a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. That’s because Tegra doesn’t play nice with LTE radios, and LTE is the 4G standard in the US (the international One X supports an HSPA+ network). That should soon change however, as NVIDIA just recently announced that its Icera 410 LTE modem chipset for tablets and smartphones has been tested and validated for operation by AT&T for its 4G LTE network.
The announcement creates talk of a possible NVIDIA-based LTE phone or tablet, however, the company has yet to fully integrate its Icera 410 chip with its applications processors. That being said, you should expect to see a number of Icera-powered 4G devices from AT&T sometime this year.
The Icera 410 LTE modem provides fast web browsing and video streaming to tablets and other mobile devices. It is also the first Icera modem to include 4G LTE in NVIDIA’s processor.
NVIDIA acquired Icera last June and announced the ZTE Mimosa X, the first device to be based on both its Tegra processor and the Icera modem, this past February.