Spreadtrum Introduces First TD-Dual-SIM Dual-Standby Solution
Dual-SIM innovation brings flexibility in voice and data subscription usage to
China Mobile consumers
SHANGHAI, CHINA – October 11, 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 the introduction of the industry’s first dual-SIM dual-standby technology for TD-SCDMA mobile phones. Spreadtrum’s TD-SCDMA dual-SIM technology allows consumers to receive calls and texts, or browse data, on either number while the phone is turned on.
For consumers, dual-SIM TD-SCDMA provides flexibility in the choice of voice or data plan, allowing them to retain or use different China Mobile subscriptions for different purposes. Dual-SIM provides the added convenience of allowing for two “local” numbers, enabling users to place local-rated calls while traveling between provinces, without carrying two phones. And, it enables users to use phone and data functions from two different SIMs simultaneously, allowing users to optimize their voice or data usage to a preferred plan. Consumers are able to use the dual-SIM capability across both the 3G
TD-SCDMA and the 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and use SIMs from different carriers in the same phone.
Spreadtrum’s dual-SIM dual-standby feature is the latest in its series of innovations for the China
TD-SCDMA market, following the introduction of its SC8800G series of basebands on an advanced
40nm platform whose low power consumption delivers breakthrough standby and talk time
performance relative to other solutions available in the market. Spreadtrum currently commands
greater than 50% market share of TD-SCDMA baseband shipments, and its wireless communications
solutions are being used in fixed wireless, feature phone and smartphone handsets sold by both global and domestic tier-1 brands.
“Dual-SIM enabled by a single baseband is a technology innovation that Spreadtrum was the first to
develop for the 2.5G market,” said Leo Li, Spreadtrum’s president and chief executive officer. “Now,
by bringing dual-SIM to TD-SCDMA, we are simplifying the 3G handset purchase decision by allowing
consumers to take on new subscriptions while retaining their existing plans. We believe this
attractive feature will contribute to further growth in TD-SCDMA handset shipment volumes.”
Dual-SIM dual-standby will be available as an option on Spreadtrum’s SC88xx series of TD-SCDMA
basebands as well as future products, beginning in 4Q11.
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.