Icera acquisition could make NVIDIA a player in software-defined radio as well as cell phones and mobile computing
SANTA CLARA, Calif., 10 May 2011. Leaders of graphics processing unit (GPU) specialist NVIDIA in Santa Clara, Calif., are acquiring cellular communications expert Icera in Bristol, England, to boost NVIDIA's profile in 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablet computers. NVIDIA's CUDA graphics chip is becoming popular for embedded digital signal processing because of the GPU's floating-point and parallel-processing capabilities.
Icera designs soft modem chipsets for communications engines in cell phones and mobile computing. Icera has more than 550 patents, and more than 50 carriers worldwide have approved its high speed wireless-modem products. The sale should close in about 30 days.