NVIDIA delves deeper into the mobile chip game by acquiring Icera
NVIDIA is still one of the top makers of graphics cards for desktop computers, but the company has gained a lot of traction in the mobile space with its NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset which combines a low power ARM-based processor with high performance graphics. Motorola, Acer, Asus, LG, and Samsung have all developed tablets using Tegra 2 chips, and a number of companies have also brought Tegra-powered smartphones to market.
Icera isn’t exactly a household name, but the company has over 550 patents and technology that’s used by more than 50 wireless carriers. The acquisition means NVIDIA will be able to offer application processors and baseband processors to tablet and phone makers.