In a strategy shift, Nvidia (NVDA) is offering to license its Kepler GPU architecture, as well...

|By:, SA News Editor

In a strategy shift, Nvidia (NVDA) is offering to license its Kepler GPU architecture, as well as "visual computing" IP, to other chipmakers looking to power mobile hardware. Kepler serves as the foundation for much of Nvidia's PC/workstation GPU lineup, as well the GPU within its next-gen Tegra 5 (Logan) processor. Nvidia's move puts it into competition with GPU core licensing leader Imagination (IGNMF.PK), and also ARM's (ARMH) fast-growing Mali GPU core business. Potential licensees include Qualcomm (uses home-grown GPUs), Intel (ditto), Apple (Imagination client), and Samsung (Imagination and Mali client). Tough competition for Tegra may have influenced Nvidia's decision.