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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:44

Nvidia acquires baseband and RF company Icera for $367 million

Written by Fuad Abazovic

We are serious about mobiles
In case you were not certain about Nvidia's future plans for the next few years, after this acquisition, it all becomes quite clear.

Nvidia just announced that it has acquired Icera, a UK company that most of you never heard, which is apparently a leader in basedband and RF technology. According to Nvidia, this is the biggest acquisition ever and Nvidia hopes to be a bit more competitive to Qualcomm, the market leader in this area. Icera has 550 patents and a “top-performing baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets.”

Nvidia will offer Tegra processors with its own baseband processors and it hopes to get more market share, and obviously more money. The market for baseband processors is worth estimated $15 billion a year and Nvidia wants a piece of that. It becomes very clear that Tegra is Nvidia’s commitment but at this time the most money still comes from graphics, especially from top performing Quadro market that is at the same Nvidia’s safety net.

Let's see how much actual money can Nvidia make out of this acquisition, but in the long term it looks like a good move for them.

Fuad Abazovic

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-10 #1 thomasg 2011-05-10 11:37
Ever heard of proofreading? And how is a $367 million acquisition the biggest ever?
-7 #2 bro_fist 2011-05-10 11:39
AMDfags can't stand it. :lol:
+21 #3 The blue fox 2011-05-10 11:51
I Hope this helps Nvidia get Tegra In to more mobile devices.
Because the demonstration video's of Tegra look awesome. Id love to have that kind of gaming power in my hands. And make the iPhone's look like a joke.
+6 #4 yourma2000 2011-05-10 13:05
Quoting bro_fist:
AMDfags can't stand it. :lol:

what's there not to stand? Nvidia acquiring some unknown company that operates in the smartphone market in which AMD doesn't operate in, what does AMD have to be jealous about? do you even know?? do you even understand this article???
+4 #5 fuadzilla 2011-05-10 16:46
anyone who is not amd fan is apparently a dumbcunt. that's why the world is in such chaos now.
+3 #6 kartikkg 2011-05-10 16:57
this is good for nv ,considering the fact that all smartphones are not created equal. if they can tweak/resize there tegra series processors to suit smartphones of all price range ,that would really be nice.
+2 #7 snowboarder8156 2011-05-10 21:44
nVidia has that much money??
+8 #8 JEskandari 2011-05-10 22:11
Quoting snowboarder8156:
nVidia has that much money??

well, I must say yes .

by the way I think Nvidia get a very good
price here compared to Intel who had to
pay 1.4 billion to buy Infineon that
produce baseband equipment (and it seems
their technology is inferior to Icera)

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