Nvidia to license its GPU tech with an eye on the “Android opportunity”



Nvidia, the graphics chip giant that is looking to establish itself as a major player in the mobile market as well, has decided to license its Kepler GPU technology along with its visual computing patent portfolio to other companies.

The company’s change in strategy comes as the market has scene a shift from PC to the mobile segment. The growth of the smartphone and tablet industry has changed the market dynamics. To stay competitive in this environment, the company believes, the next appropriate step is to license its GPU cores and visual computing patent portfolio to device manufacturers.

Nvidia would start the licensing with the GPU core based on the Nvidia Kepler architecture. The core comes with DX11, OpenGL 4.3 and GPGPU support. Kepler is the basis for Nvidia’s currently shipping GeForce, Quadro and Tesla GPUs, as well as next-generation Tegra mobile processor codenamed Logan.

Nvidia had recently launched two…

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