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Spreadtrum Delivers 40nm Single-Chip Mobile Baseband Platform with Integrated Wireless Connectivity

40nm GSM/GPRS baseband SoC with FM and Bluetooth now shipping in volume, qualified by major European operator

SHANGHAI, Jan. 28, 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 the commercial availability of its first mobile baseband chipset with integrated wireless connectivity, the SC6531.  The SC6531 integrates FM and Bluetooth with Spreadtrum's 40nm based GSM/GPRS mobile baseband platform into a single package, delivering a high level of integration for 2.5G feature phone handset makers that reduces overall platform cost and increases flexibility in industrial design.

"The SC6531, designed with 40nm CMOS silicon, provides customers with the benefit of the most advanced process technology for GSM/GPRS baseband chipsets, a mature, proven platform with extensive development tools for handset customization, and a high level of integration that brings together the mobile baseband, RF transceiver, PMU, FM and Bluetooth features into a single baseband SoC," said Dr. Leo Li, president and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications.  "This combination of advanced technology, platform maturity and high integration supports our customers' strategy of bringing to market high quality, cost-competitive handsets with differentiated features.  We are happy to see that this 40nm SC6531 not only is commercially available for general markets, it has also passed the rigorous quality tests of a major European operator.  This achievement testifies to the high level of quality of our new 40nm products."

The SC6531, designed for the GSM/GPRS feature phone market, incorporates an ARM9 processor at speeds up to 312MHz, delivering high-performance and low power consumption on a low-cost platform.  Designed to deliver a rich multimedia experience, the solution integrates a multimedia accelerator, a graphics accelerator and FPU accelerator, enabling it to deliver excellent multimedia performance and processing capability.  The SC6531 integrates the baseband, RF transceiver, power management unit, pSRAM, high quality audio PA, touch screen controller and triple-SIM controller into a single-chip solution that reduces design complexity and design time, and provides more flexibility with board layout by further reducing board space.

The SC6531 is commercially available now and has already started shipping in volume.

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 http://www.spreadtrum.com/.