Microsoft Chooses NVIDIA LTE Modem to Connect Surface 2 to AT&T 4G LTE Network

by Mark Aevermann

Expanding its Surface 2 offerings to include 4G connectivity, Microsoft has chosen our i500 modem to connect its first LTE tablet to AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

The new Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) now includes two NVIDIA processors. It sports the fifth-generation i500 modem, along with our Tegra 4 mobile processor, whose quad-core CPU and 72 GPU cores already provide the performance for powerful applications like Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT.

Microsoft VP Panos Panay wrote on the Surface blog:

“Every day, more and more people are using Surface. Many of you have told me that you’d like the capability to be online, even when Wi-Fi isn’t available, so you can work, play, share, and communicate wherever you are — In simple terms, we are CONTINUOUSLY being asked for a Surface that allows you to use mobile broadband.”

Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) now delivers the portability, productivity and connectivity that consumers demand.

Tegra 4 (left) and the i500 modem.

Microsoft’s choice of i500 is another proof point for NVIDIA’s LTE modem technology. The Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) joins several other recently announced devices also powered by NVIDIA’s modem technology, such as the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE tablet platform and smartphones with Tegra 4i, such as the LG G2 Mini and Wiko WAX.

NVIDIA’s LTE modems offer unique software-defined radio technology – a future proof capability that can adapt to new carrier standards with a software update. Our modems have been certified for both voice and data on top carriers worldwide.

The new Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) is now available at Microsoft retail stores,, and all Best Buy stores, and through U.S. commercial resellers.