Spreadtrum Completes Majority Acquisition of
WCDMA Provider MobilePeak
Advanced WCDMA/HSPA+ technology expands Spreadtrum’s
solution portfolio to global 3G and LTE markets
SHANGHAI, CHINA – October 3, 2011 – Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD; “Spreadtrum” or the “Company”), a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in both 2G and 3G wireless communications standards, today announced that it has completed a majority acquisition of WCDMA solutions provider MobilePeak Holdings, Ltd. (“MobilePeak”) on September 30, 2011.
The acquisition of MobilePeak allows Spreadtrum to enter the global 3G and LTE markets with WCDMA/HSPA+ technology. MobilePeak’s 3G technology combined with Spreadtrum’s advanced 40nm baseband platform will enable Spreadtrum to deliver low-cost, high-performance WCDMA solutions for the global market and serve as a foundation for the Company’s next-generation multi-mode 3G/4G solutions. MobilePeak’s technology supports 3GPP standards through Release 7, including a full-rate 384Kbps modem and HSPA+ technology up to Category 14 at 21Mbps maximum downlink speed and 11Mbps maximum uplink speed. Spreadtrum anticipates that its first WCDMA baseband platform introduction leveraging MobilePeak’s technology will be in the first half of 2012, targeting consumers in emerging markets as well as 3G subscribers on the China Unicom network.
Spreadtrum increased its equity ownership in MobilePeak to approximately 85% as a result of the acquisition. Spreadtrum expects to purchase the remaining outstanding shares by year end. Spreadtrum expects the total cash consideration for the ordinary shares, including shares purchased on September 30, 2011 and shares that remain to be purchased, to be approximately US$5 million. Spreadtrum may also pay additional cash and grant restricted share units to MobilePeak team members as they meet certain product development milestones.
About Spreadtrum Communications
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRD; “Spreadtrum”) is a fabless semiconductor company that develops baseband and RF processor solutions for the wireless communications market. Spreadtrum combines its semiconductor design expertise with its software development capabilities to deliver highly integrated baseband processors with multimedia functionality and power management. Spreadtrum has developed solutions based on an open development platform, enabling its customers to develop customized wireless products that are feature-rich to meet their cost and time-to-market requirements. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.