Spreadtrum Announces Mass Production of Next Generation Multimode LTE Modem

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SC9620 adopted by leading China handset brands for 3-mode LTE devices

SHANGHAI, CHINA – August 18, 2014 – Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced its next generation multimode LTE modem, the SC9620. This new LTE modem pairs with Spreadtrum’s smartphone chipsets to provide customers with a complete turnkey mobile platform for 4G smartphones. Spreadtrum’s 4G mobile platform has been adopted by leading China handset brands Lenovo and Coolpad and is shipping in 3-mode LTE smartphones recently launched for the domestic China market.

The SC9620 is an LTE baseband modem designed for use in 4G smartphones, tablets, or other data devices, supporting 3GPP LTE Release 9 Category 4 at up to 150 Mbps downlink speed. In tandem, Spreadtrum has released a turnkey solution for 3-mode LTE devices supporting TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and EDGE/GPRS/GSM for the domestic China market. Supported TD-LTE bands include Band 38, 39, 40 and 41.

“Our turnkey solutions for LTE smartphones help reduce the overall time and cost involved in bringing 4G devices to the China market,” said Dr. Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. “We are pleased to partner with leading handset brands to bring devices to market that meet the needs of China consumers. With this chipset, we are expanding our portfolio to support 4G smartphones and tablets, which will help drive continuing growth in mobile chipset shipments.”

Turnkey solutions supporting 5-mode operation will follow later this year.

About Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Spreadtrum is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. Spreadtrum is a privately held company headquartered in Shanghai and an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com

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