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NVIDIA-Icera Combination Raises Stakes in Cellular Chipsets

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Report Summary:

On 9 May 2011, NVIDIA announced its intention to acquire the baseband processor and cellular radio chipset supplier Icera for $367 million. Baseband capabilities have strategic importance for applications processor vendors such as NVIDIA that wish to claim a larger stake in the rapidly growing mobile computing market, and the acquisition marks a sharp increase in competition in cellular chipsets, an increase in the importance of 4G, and a rise in the importance of supplying connectivity solutions for competitive differentiation. The acquisition also points to a future in which more basebands ship with fully integrated applications processing capabilities.

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