Nvidia Seen Drifting Away from Smartphones
Nvidia is refocusing the efforts of its mobile chip business and will no longer place a priority on smartphones and tablets. Instead, reports The Wall Street Journal, Nvidia will focus on creating chips for gaming devices. Nvidia believes its roots in the gaming industry and enhancing 3D gameplay are its best strengths. The company saw limited success with its Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 mobile processors, which were used in some smartphone and tablet designs. On the whole, however, Nvidia has done little to take business away from more established smartphone processor players such as Qualcomm, Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, and Marvell. Nvidia will still create chips for Android-based devices like its own Shield product, but will put more effort into dedicated gaming units rather than smartphones or tablets.
Samsung Countersues Nvidia Over Chip Patents
Samsung has file a lawsuit against Nvidia in response to one that Nvidia filed against Samsung in September. Samsung says Nvidia is violating several of its patents pertaining to semiconductors.
Nvidia to Wind Down LTE Modem Business
Nvidia said it plans to cease chasing the LTE mobile business by the middle of 2016. Nvidia purchased a company called Icera in 2011 with the intent of integrating its own application processors with Icera's LTE modems so it could better compete with Qualcomm.
Nvidia Debuts Tegra X1 Processor
Nvidia today announced the Tegra X1 processor, a new chip that brings the power of its Maxwell desktop architecture to mobile devices. The X1 has an octa-core 64-bit ARM processor paired with a 256-core Maxwell GPU.
YouTube Gaming Hits the Start Button
Google today fully launched its stand-alone YouTube Gaming site. The site features dedicated search algorithms so results focus on games.