Nvidia, one of the world’s leading graphics providers, has announced that it will start licensing its GPU technology for other SoC manufacturers, starting with the Kepler series of GPUs. This move comes at a time when most smartphone manufacturers have moved away from Nvidia’s Tegra SoC, which was supposed to provide the much needed boost to the company’s flailing mobile portfolio. Nvidia Tegra, while good at games, lacked in raw performance and most importantly, battery life. Tegra chips were Nvidia’s SoC play at the mobile market, and now, like their core PC business, the Kepler based GPUs will be licensed to willing manufacturers.
Nvidia had their GPU Technology conference in San Jose, California yesterday, in which they unveiled their new product roadmap for PCs as well as their Tegra chips, their mobile SoC solutions. The Tegra roadmap after Tegra 4i will be succeeded by Logan, and Parker will succeed Logan, slated for 2014 and 2015 commercial availability respectively.