Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (Chinese:展讯 NASDAQ:SPRD) is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Shanghai, China which produces chips for mobile phones. It is the world's 17th-largest fabless semiconductor company measured by 2011 revenues.
The company originally produced chips for GSM handsets, but most of its resources are now focused on the Chinese TD-SCDMA 3G standard. In addition to GSM and combined GSM/TD-SCDMA baseband chipsets, Spreadtrum also supplies chips for two Chinese mobile TV standards: TD-MBMS and CMMB. Spreadtrum's customers accounted for 50% of TD-SCDMA handset sales in China Mobile's current round of TD-SCDMA trials.
In June 2008 the company's stock had fallen to a 52 week low owing to stalled sales, Later, the stock has increased steadily, reaching an all-time high in November 2011.
Spreadtrum agreed an acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup in July 2013 for about $1.78 billion dollars ; the deal completed on 23 December 2013