Spreadtrum Announces Mass Production of WCDMA/HSPA+ Smartphone Chipset SC7710

Single-core WCDMA/HSPA+ chipset (SC7710) designed for entry level 3G smartphone users in China and global markets

SHANGHAI, Oct. 29, 2013 -- Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD; "Spreadtrum" or the "Company"), a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced that it has achieved mass production of its SC7710 chipset, a single-core WCDMA/HSPA+ smartphone chipset designed for entry level 3G devices shipping globally.

"The mass market opportunity in smartphones is the entry level smartphone buyer, that is the consumer who is switching from a feature phone for the first time," said Dr. Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. "We are seeing tremendous interest and enthusiasm for our SC7710 chipset, which enables handset makers to design entry level 3G devices at very low cost."

The SC7710 supports WCDMA/HSPA+ and EDGE/GPRS/GSM standards, integrating a single-core Cortex™-A5 CPU running at speeds up to 1.0GHz and a Mali 400 GPU for high performance graphics, and includes support for up to a 5 megapixel camera, 720p video and display resolution up to WVGA.  The SC7710 has been qualified by China Unicom and other global operators and is shipping in devices from China's smartphone makers, including one of the leading domestic smartphone providers.

"Spreadtrum has been very successful in addressing the entry level smartphone market in China with its TD-SCDMA products," said Stuart Robinson, principal analyst with Strategy Analytics. "With its new WCDMA chipset, Spreadtrum is now positioned to address the large number of global consumers who will be buying their first smartphone over the next few years, particularly in emerging markets."

About Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD; "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. For more information, visit