Nvidia Is Commiting Suicide With Its FDD-LTE Single-Mode Only Chip
["Ovum's Putcha and Forrester's Gupta believe mass TDD-LTE adoption may not take that long given the surge in global industry support for this version.
"Network vendors may be more focused on FDD now but chipset vendors are rapidly developing dual-mode chips that support both TDD and FDD variants of LTE," says Gupta adding that TDD shares most of the FDD designs and standards and uses a common core network, which is why, the world's top network gear vendors like Nokia Siemens Network and Huawei to chipset vendors like Qualcomm, Samsung and Broadcom are supporting the TDD-LTE platform.”] –economictimes
AT&T has said that, in the future, they will only carry smartphones/tablets that have LTE capability, (presumably Verizon as well).
It is expected that chip makers will need to incorporate modem chip into their application SoC otherwise they will lose out to their competitors.
Competitors such as Qualcomm, Samsung, Intel, Marvel, Broadcom, Sequans, and others are now focusing on dual-mode (FDD and TDD) LTE chip but obviously NOT Nvidia. If Nvidia's business plan is to produce a single-mode FDD-LTE capability (only) chip with its Icera then Nvidia would be committing a suicide in this competitive business.
Well, you are wrong about single mode for Nvidia and it's been documented since they acquired Icera. The excerpt below comes from an article posted in February:
"The NVIDIA Icera LTE modem leverages our unique SDR technology, which enables software upgradable functions to OEMs and carriers, offering high throughput and best-in-class power and small die size.
This feature also enables faster time to market for new air interface technologies and lower R&D expenses for handset manufacturers. This allows us to include on our roadmap for 2012-2013 a bevy of wireless data technologies, including: LTE FDD, TD-LTE, 42Mbps Dual Carrier and TD-SCDMA in addition to existing HSPA+, HSPA and 2G technologies."
I'd say nice try at knocking down Nvidia, but you comments are glaring in what you choose to omit.