NVIDIA unveils i500 Soft Modem with Tegra 4, capable of pushing 1.2 trillion ops per second

NVIDIA unveils i500 Soft Modem, first fruits of Icera purchase

NVIDIA's apparently still not out of news from its CES 2013 presser -- the company just unveiled the i500 Soft Modem chip. The soft modem, which is the fruit of the company's purchase of Icera and is utilized with Tegra 4, is a baseband processor that can do 1.2 trillion operations per second and is reprogrammable with software to work with a lot of different networks. The modem, which is 40 percent the size of a conventional baseband chip, is sampling to manufacturers this month.

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Joseph Volpe contributed to this report.