Samsung and Qualcomm are definitely leading the race in terms of mobile processors. Despite that, NVIDIA is continuously pushing upgrades in its latest product in the form of the Tegra 4i processor to keep up with the competition.
According to the company’s press release, which was featured on the BGR website, the new update integrates an LTE modem. That means it will be able to support up to 150MB per second data transfer for mobile devices which is 50MB per second more than the speed provided by traditional LTE networks.
The Tegra 4i is a variant of the Tegra 4 which includes the NVIDIA i500 LTE modem. Its features and capabilities were showcased during the CTIA 2013 event which was held in Las Vegas this week.
Based on the press release of the company, the added functions are mainly acquired through a software update of the Tegra 4. In other words, customers have no need to buy a new hardware or get a new processor to get it. The company proved this through a demo in the event.
After the demo, NVIDIA said that it displays the capability of their product to adapt to the changes of the technology in the future. It added that it is also a clear evidence of the flexibility of NVIDIA’s software-defined radio technology.
Aside from the mentioned benefits of the upgrade, NVIDIA said that their modem is designed for Deep Execution Processors (DXP). Thus, it can conveniently fit in very small smartphones.
Moreover, the press release stated that the Tegra 4i has multi-mode features as well. It can provide a 4G LTE advanced connection, plus it has backward compatibility with other networks like LTE Cat 3, 3G and 2G. So, even if LTE network is not available in the user’s area, other sources of connections can still be utilized.