Profile: Spreadtrum Communications Inc (SPRD.OQ)
10 Dec 2013
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc., incorporated on April 11, 2001, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets markets mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products that support second generation (2G), third generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) wireless communications standards. It offers a portfolio of integrated baseband processor solutions that support a range of wireless communications standards, including global system for mobile communications (GSM), general packet radio service (GPRS), enhanced data rates for global evolution (EDGE), time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA), wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA), high speed packet access + (HSPA+) and long term evolution (LTE), as well as an array of multimedia capabilities. In April 2012, Spreadtrum Shanghai acquired all the equity interests held by the nominee shareholders of Spreadtrum Beijing.
The Company has developed a family of baseband semiconductor solutions designed specifically for wireless handsets that support 2G, 3G and 4G wireless technology standards, such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and LTE. Within its family of baseband semiconductors, it offers different models that support various wireless communications standards and incorporate different multimedia feature sets. As part of its total baseband processor solution, the Company offers platform software that includes protocol stacks, user interfaces, file systems and device drivers. In addition, the Company has integrated other third-party software such as text input, Internet browsing, electronic mail, wireless application protocol, Java and multimedia messaging services into its platform software. The Company has also developed its own software development tools to assist its customers in developing software applications and manufacturing tools for its baseband semiconductors.
2G and 2.5G Baseband Semiconductors
The Company offer 2G/2.5G/2.75G baseband semiconductor solutions that are designed for wireless terminals supporting GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless technologies. It offers multiple chip series designed for low-end GSM/GPRS handsets, mid-to high-end GSM/GPRS handsets and EDGE Android smartphones. Its solutions are multi- subscriber identity module (SIM) capable, allowing multiple SIM cards to run simultaneously on standby mode with one baseband and RF transceiver. The Company’s solutions also include integrated power management, enabling power to be directed to the different components of a wireless terminal. Its solutions also include quad-band support, making them compatible with major GSM networks worldwide.
The Company’s GSM/GPRS solutions are designed for low-cost feature phone handsets, performing analog and digital signal processing with integrated power management and supporting multimedia functionality in more advanced handset models. Its mid- to high-end GSM/GPRS solutions provide an economical cost structure for multimedia feature phone handsets, supporting advanced multimedia functionalities, camera interface, Bluetooth, wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and other features.
3G Baseband Semiconductors
The Company’s TD-SCDMA baseband semiconductor solutions are designed for wireless terminals supporting TD-SCDMA wireless technology. Its solutions are designed to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop feature-rich wireless devices spanning premium smartphones, smartphones, feature phones, fixed wireless products and datacards. Its TD-SCDMA solutions include dual-mode functionality, integrated power management and dual-SIM capability. They support GSM, GPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA and HSPA technologies, including 2.8 megabits per-second HSDPA and 2.2 megabits per-second HSUPA features. It offer multiple chip series designed for different market segments, including feature phones, ultra-low cost feature phones and fixed wireless products, Android smartphone products, as well as thin modem solutions for premium smartphones and datacard applications. The Company introduced its generation 600MHz Android 2.2 smartphone platform in December 2012. Its TD-SCDMA baseband semiconductor products are designed with 40 nanometer CMOS silicon.
The Company’s RF transceiver products, implemented in bulk digital CMOS silicon, are designed with stable plug-and-play RF technology to support low cost handset designs. It provides RF transceiver products for GSM/GPRS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCMDA and TD-SCDMA devices. The Company’s 2G RF transceivers are designed for entry-level smartphones and feature phones and offer low power design. Its3G RF transceivers are designed for dual-mode 3G smartphones, feature phones and datacard applications. Its 3G WCDMA series offers multi-mode, multi-band (MMMB) architecture with support for full-featured penta-band world phones with.
The Company competes with MediaTek, Inc., MStar Semiconductor Inc., ST-Ericsson, Leadcore Technology Co., Ltd. and Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Spreadtrum Communications Inc
Building No.1, Lane 2288
SHANGHAI SHA 201203