October 25, 2014 1:51 PM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of Spreadtrum Communications Inc.

Company Overview

Spreadtrum Communications, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, engages in the design, development, and marketing of mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones, and other consumer electronics products in Hong Kong, Mailand China, and others. The company offers various integrated baseband processor solutions that support a range of wireless communications standards, including global system for mobile communication (GSM), general packet radio service (GPRS), enhanced data rates for GSM evolution (EDGE), time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA), high speed packet access (HSPA), HSPA evolution (HSPA+), and long term evolution (LTE), and various multimedi...

Building No. 1

Lane 2288, Spreadtrum Center

Zuchongzhi Road

Zhangjiang

Shanghai,  201203

China

Founded in 2001

1,506 Employees

Phone:

86 21 2036 0600

Key Executives for Spreadtrum Communications Inc.

Chairman
Age: 57
Vice President of Operations
Age: 39
Vice President of Corporate Development & Communications
Vice President of Products
Age: 52
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Spreadtrum Communications Inc. Key Developments

Spreadtrum Communications Launches Highly Integrated Quad-Core Smart Phone Platform Using 28nm Process

Spreadtrum Communications Inc. introduced the SC883XG, a highly integrated TD-SCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE multi-mode quad-core smartphone platform designed with advanced 28nm process technology. In this next generation of quad-core smartphone platforms, Spreadtrum's adoption of more advanced semiconductor process technology delivers higher performance and lower power consumption, providing handset makers with a cost-effective solution for mid- to high-end handset models. Spreadtrum's SC883XG quad-core smartphone platform integrates a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU, a dual-core graphics architecture based on ARM Mali 400 MP, and supports TD-SCDMA/HSPA(+) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE with dual-SIM dual-standby capability. The chip further supports 2D/3D graphics acceleration, 1080p HD video, 8 megapixel camera, and integrates powerful professional ISP graphic processing engine for a variety of picture effects. 1080P HD video hard-decoding and HD recording, along with anti-shaking technology, bring film quality to the video image. The SC883XG further integrates with Spreadtrum's WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS/FM connectivity chip, supports Android 4.4, and is equipped with Spreadtrum's advanced user interface with applications and options that are customizable by customers. Designed with the most advanced commercially available process, Spreadtrum SC883XG has significant advantages in terms of power consumption control, cooling management and chip size.

Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. and Mozilla Team Up to Deliver Turnkey Firefox OS Reference Designs with Spreadtrum's Entry-Level Smartphone Chipsets

Spreadtrum Communications Inc. and Mozilla announced that they have teamed up to deliver turnkey Firefox OS reference designs with Spreadtrum's entry-level smartphone chipsets. These solutions expand the global accessibility of open Web smartphones to first-time and entry-level smartphone buyers by reducing the time and cost required for handset makers to bring these devices to market. Spreadtrum and Mozilla have now completed the integration of Firefox OS with several of Spreadtrum's WCDMA and EDGE smartphone chipsets, including the SC6821, unveiled by Spreadtrum as the industry's first chipset for $25 smartphones. These smartphones are available for demos at Mozilla's booth (3C30) at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. At Mobile World Congress, Spreadtrum unveiled the SC6821, its new smartphone chipset that redefines the entry level of the global smartphone market. The chipset is designed with a unique low memory configuration and high level of integration that dramatically reduces the total bill of materials required to develop low-end smartphones. With this chipset, handset makers will be able to bring to market smartphones with 3.5" HVGA touchscreens, integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and camera functions, the advanced phone and browser features of Firefox OS, and access to a rich ecosystem of web and HTML5 applications, at prices similar to much more minimally featured budget feature phones. Firefox OS smartphones are the first devices powered completely by Web technologies to deliver the performance, personalization and price users want in a smartphone with a beautiful, intuitive and easy-to-use experience that is unmatched by other phones. Firefox OS has all the things users need from a smartphone as well as the things they want like built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, HERE Maps with offline capabilities, much-loved features like the Firefox Web browser, the Firefox Marketplace for apps and more. Firefox OS features a brand new concept for smartphones -- an adaptive app search that literally transforms the phone to meet a user's needs and interests at any moment. Firefox OS offers Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs that unlock the power of the Web and enable developers to build fun and rich app experiences that were previously only available to proprietary native apps, which are fragmented by platform and not portable. Spreadtrum and Mozilla have completed the integration of Firefox OS with Spreadtrum's SC6821 and SC7710 WCDMA smartphone chipsets, and expect to complete a turnkey reference design for the SC7715, Spreadtrum's single-core WCDMA smartphone chipset with integrated connectivity, next month. Spreadtrum and Mozilla's collaboration will extend across Spreadtrum's full chipset portfolio.

Spreadtrum Communications Inc. Launches Next Generation Single-Core Smartphone Platform

Spreadtrum Communications Inc. introduced its next generation single-core smartphone platform for WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and EDGE, which integrates a Cortex(TM)-A7 CPU running at speeds up to 1.2GHz as well as GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth(R) and FM connectivity functions. This higher level of integration coupled with faster device performance is designed to further reduce the cost of entry-level smartphones while enhancing the user experience, particularly important in emerging markets where there are large numbers of consumers who will be buying their first smartphone over the next few years. The company is introducing three new chipsets with the launch of its next generation single-core smartphone platform. The SC7715, which is sampling now, is a single-core WCDMA smartphone chipset with integrated connectivity, supporting WCDMA/HSPA+ and EDGE/GPRS/GSM standards. It integrates a single-core Cortex(TM)-A7 CPU running at speeds up to 1.2GHz, a Mali 400 GPU for high performance graphics, as well as GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth(R) and FM functions. The chip also supports up to a 5 megapixel camera, 720p video and display resolution up to WVGA. Spreadtrum is also sampling its next generation single-core EDGE smartphone chipset (SC6815) and will release a similar platform for TD-SCDMA (SC8815) in the second quarter.

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