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The Electronic Development Fund of the MII of China Provides Funding for the Spreadtrum's AVS Core CMOS Chip Project

Oct 26, 2006

SHANGHAI, China - Oct. 26, 2006  - The Electronic Development Fund of the Ministry of Information Industry of China publicized recently that it would provides funding for ''AVS core CMOS Chip'' and another project of Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Spreadtrum Communications is a leading fabless semiconductor company in China that develops and sells innovative wireless communications products. Its GSM/GPRS baseband chip has been adopted by several leading Chinese handset manufacturers. Spreadtrum is also one of the important manufacturers of handset core CMOS chip for TD-SCDMA (the Chinese own 3G Standard) and it has already seen crucial progress.

Currently, Spreadtrum is participating in efforts to develop and industrialize AVS technology with its technical advantages. As the partner of Spreadtrum in the domain of AVS, the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of CAS applied to the Electronic Development Fund of the Ministry of Information Industry of China with Spreadtrum. Dr. Chen Yiqiang, the AVS Project Director from ICT, indicated that the ICT is one of the founders of AVS Standard, who fully dominated the AVS technology and that Spreadtrum is a reliable partner with top technology and rich experiences in chip design. He also emphasized that ICT and Spreadtrum would cooperate well in the AVS Project and accelerate the industrialization of AVS.

Besides the AVS Project, the Project ''Core Technology for TD-SCDMA and the Industrialization of Terminal Products'' applied by Spreadtrum and Hisense has gained the support from the Electronic Development Fund of MII. Since 2004 Spreadtrum's projects have received continuous support by the Electronic Development Fund of MII and all projects are proceeding on schedule.

About Development Fund for Electronic and Information Industry Development Fund for Electronic and Information Industry is managed by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Information Industry; it focuses on Software-, IC-, Computer-, Communications-, Network- and Digital Media-Industry and the R&D and industrialization for these industries.

About The Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of CAS

Founded in 1956, the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of CAS is the first academic institute specialized in comprehensive research on computer science and technology. China's first general-purpose digital electronic computer was made here at ICT, which later became a research and development base for high-performance computers. It is also the birthplace of the first high-performance general-purpose CPU chip.  The ITC has done a mass of researches on International MPEG Standard and finished the coding and decoding of MPEG-2 in both hardware- and software- solutions. The ITC has rich experiences and successes in the field of Video Coding and Video Decoding.  More Information: http://www.ict.ac.cn/.

About Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Spreadtrum Communications Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company in China that develops and sells innovative wireless communications products. Spreadtrum provides high-performance, cost-effective products including 2.5G/3G baseband IC, protocol stack software, application software, wireless communication module and total solutions for worldwide wireless terminal manufactures, independent design houses, and semiconductor companies. More Information:  http://www.spreadtrum.com

About Audio and Video Coding Standard

The AVS standard is the series of "information technology advanced Audio and Video Coding" standard abbreviation. This standard is applied in the field of significant information industry such as high-resolution digital broadcast, high-density laser-digital storage media, wireless broadband multimedia communications, and internet broadband stream media.