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Nvidia Details Icera Modem, Promises Advanced Voice Over LTE

by Brandon Russell | February 24, 2012February 24, 2012 1:45 pm PDT

Nvidia logoFor all the hoopla about smartphones and tablets, Nvidia is looking to approach next week’s Mobile World Congress from a different angle. With its recent acquisition of U.K. company Icera, the Santa Clara-based company announced it’s going to introduce a new Nvidia Icera 410 LTE modem at the Barcelona event. What’s so special? The new technology will showcase advanced Voice over LTE (VoLTE), as well as multiplayer gaming over a live LTE network. Imagine your next Call of Duty session with zero lag.

For VoLTE, we’ll demonstrate seamless handover of voice calls from an LTE network to a circuit-switched WCDMA 3G network, and vice versa, using Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) with HD quality voice (known in the industry as AMR-WB or Adaptive Multi-Rate-Wideband).

Basically, SRVCC will enable users to seamlessly hop between 4G and 3G network voice calls, giving carriers a smoother transition from 3G to LTE, eventually allowing 3G spectrum to be re-used for LTE, Nvidia said. That means LTE for everyone.

On the gaming front, Nvidia’s Icera modem technology will demonstrate full handover capabilities using a software defined radio (SDR), meaning a smooth and fast connection will be running no matter what network (LTE, 3G, 2G) consumers are using.

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.

It’s sounds complicated, especially since Nvidia also announced that it’s teaming with other chipmakers for LTE support with its quad-core Tegra 3 chip, but TechnoBuffalo will be sure to decipher everything during Mobile World Congress when we see all of Nvidia’s new products in action.

[via Nvidia]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...