Leading China fabless semiconductor company Spreadtrum Communications joins Linaro to influence development direction of open source software

CAMBRIDGE, UK – 29 OCTOBER 2014

Linaro Ltd, the not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, today announced that Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has joined Linaro as a Club Member.

Spreadtrum has been at the forefront of bringing competitively priced mobile platforms based on Android operating systems to the market since 2012, and most recently has worked with customers on the launch of sub-US$40 Firefox OS smartphones in India and other countries. The company offers mobile smartphone platforms based on ARM’s Cortex-A processors.

“We are very happy to join the Linaro community and to collaborate with other companies on driving software innovation in mobile platforms,” said Xiaomao Xiao, VP of Software Platform at Spreadtrum. “Spreadtrum has worked with open source software for many years and we can clearly see the advantage of taking an active role in the open source communities, working to accelerate development on a range of platforms.”

The addition of Spreadtrum to the Linaro community brings membership of the collaborative engineering organization to a total of thirty companies, including other SoC suppliers, software vendors, OEMs and end users. The diversity of the membership and the focus of discussions and development efforts on core, mobile, networking, home and server software engineering results in collaboration between expert participants from the world’s most innovative companies, driven by input from key end users in the relevant market segments.

“I welcome Spreadtrum to Linaro as a Club Member. Their experience in mobile chipset platforms will be a valuable contribution to our technical and strategic discussions,” said Joe Bates, EVP of Member Services at Linaro. “The China ecosystem is increasingly more active in defining the development direction for open source software on ARM processors and I’m very happy that Spreadtrum wants to play a leadership role in industry collaboration through Linaro.”

About Linaro

Linaro is the place where engineers from the world’s leading technology companies define the future of open source on ARM. The company is a not-for-profit engineering organization with over 200 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, including developer tools, the Linux kernel, ARM power management, and other software infrastructure. Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low level fragmentation.

To ensure commercial quality software, Linaro’s work includes comprehensive test and validation on member hardware platforms. The full scope of Linaro’s engineering work is open to all online. For more information about Linaro, visit http://www.linaro.org.

About Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.,

Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (“Spreadtrum”) is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smart phones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards.  Spreadtrum’s solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost.  Spreadtrum’s customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Shanghai and an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd.

For more information, please visit  www.spreadtrum.com