LG Nestles Up to Nvidia for Dual-Core Chips
LG has indicated that it will use chips made by Nvidia in its future smartphones, including the Optimus line of devices due later this year. LG has picked a dual-core version of the Tegra chip from Nvidia, which is known mostly for making graphics chips. Nvidia scored its first phone processor win with the Microsoft Kin devices, though Microsoft and Verizon Wireless pulled the plug in Kin mere weeks after launch. LG hasn't confirmed the clock speed of the dual-core Tegra chip it will use.
Samsung Cleared In Nvidia Patent Case
Samsung is not infringing on patents held by Nvidia, says the U.S. International Trade Commission.
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.
Samsung Forges New Business Explicitly for Contract Chips
Samsung has split its processor manufacturing business into two units so the company can better handle outside clients. Samsung makes a lot of silicon and much of it, such as the Exynos processor line, ends up in Samsung smartphones, tablets, and other products.
MediaTek Helio P10 SoC Targets Mid-Range Smartphones
MediaTek today announced the Helio P10, a system-on-a-chip that combines an application processor, graphics processor, and LTE modem. The Helio P10 runs eight 64-bit cores clocked at 2 GHz in coordination with a dual-core 64-bit 700MHz Mali-T860 graphics chip.