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Rohde & Schwarz and Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA to establish joint network operator test lab

Mar 1, 2018

In an MoU signed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Rohde & Schwarz and Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA agreed to collaborate on five important fields: 5G communications, network operator tests, automotive electronics products, broadcasting products and IoT applications.

Munich, March 1, 2018 — Rohde & Schwarz and Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA, a world-leading fabless semiconductor company with advanced technology in mobile communications and IoT,  are to establish a joint operator test laboratory in China as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 26 to March 1). The two companies will focus on wireless communication and test concepts to better serve their common customers, including the three Chinese network operators and other global operators that Rohde & Schwarz has been serving for many years. In the test lab, Rohde & Schwarz will provide technical consultancy and product support. Rohde & Schwarz and Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA will collaborate on testing for the requirements of network operators around the world. The common goal is to enable chipset solutions that better fit global operators’ requirements.

Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA had already selected Rohde & Schwarz for 2G, 3G and 4G, and now the two companies are continuing their collaboration on current key technologies. Rohde & Schwarz will support Spreadtrum in 5G sub-6 GHz and mmWave chipset design and development. As a world-leading test instrument provider with advanced technology in mobile communications, Rohde & Schwarz can provide a wide variety of products, including early stage simulation software, test modules, instrumentation and test systems. This will speed up the development of the 5G platform – from algorithm development, ESL, physical layer design and FPGA simulation to protocol stack. For 5G mobile phone R&D, DUTs from Spreadtrum will be tested for mutual verification using the radio communications tester from Rohde & Schwarz. This will accelerate 5G chip prototyping. Moreover, based on earlier projects on 2G, 3G, 4G and non-cellular technologies, the two companies will further optimize the 5G manufacturing test solution to cut down customers’ manufacturing costs and to hasten the 5G industry’s time to market.

Additional parts of the MoU include testing in the broadcasting field, where Rohde & Schwarz has nearly 80 years of experience serving TV stations and manufacturers. Rohde & Schwarz can provide TV transmitters, stream and signal generators, and analyzers. Further cooperation between the two companies will look at automotive electronics, cellular and non-cellular IoT applications.

Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative test and measurement, information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA.

About Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA

As a core subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA is a leading fabless semiconductor company committed to the independent R&D of core chipsets in mobile communications and IoT. Its products cover mobile chipset platforms supporting 2G / 3G / 4G communication standards, RF chipsets, wireless connection chipsets, security chipsets, TV chipsets, and image sensor chipsets. With more than 4,500 staff, 16 R&D centers and 7 customer support centers around the world(as of Jan 2018), Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA has been one of the world's top 10 IC design companies, top 3 mobile baseband chipsets supplier in terms of global market share, and the leader of RF front-end technology in Asia.