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Spreadtrum gets Verve

The_Verve_History_SingleVerve Connect, a UK-based communications company specialising in “Connected & Entertained Everywhere” products, is teaming up with Spreadtrum Communications, a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipsets for consumer electronic products.

The pair will supply UK customers with a number of competitively priced handsets on the Spreadtrum platform. The two new handsets, the IMO Q2 and IMO Dash are available at Tesco, across 950 of its
UK retail stores. The handsets are also available to purchase from other carriers and retailers including Virgin Media, Argos, Amazon, and more later.

Verve Connect launched its IMO branded mobile devices with customers including Virgin Media, Dixons Carphone and Talk Mobile, the company is now partnering with Spreadtrum to use the Spreadtrum SC7731C & SC7701 chipset platforms to provide UK consumers with a great value smartphone the IMO Q2 and a solid no-frills 3G feature phone the IMO Dash.

Wu Sa, Verve Connect Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Spreadtrum to launch these two handsets. IMO is dedicated to delivering the best quality and value devices in the market, enabling consumers to enjoy mobile phone experiences that tier 1 brands offer, without breaking the bank.

“Spreadtrum are a great fit for Verve Connect to partner with, as we both have aspirations to grow our business in Europe with our mutual ‘make it happen’ attitudes, and our collaboration and innovation will help us both achieve our joint business objectives.”

“We are pleased to be working with Verve Connect to deliver our technical value proposition through IMO devices to Tesco and other UK customers,” said Judy Chung, Vice President of Spreadtrum Communications. “Our collaboration has enabled an increasingly large number of UK customers across all consumer segments to achieve a strong mobile user experience without any compromise in performance or design.”

Verve Connect and Spreadtrum are also teaming up based on Spreadtrum SC9853I, SC9850 and SC9832A platform to provide a series of new devices, targeted at key carriers with VoLTE & VoWiFi functions for 2018/2019.

Intel carries on wasting money

Intel Q4_14_ResultsChip giant Intel is being stubborn about its mobile strategy and will continue to throw money at the problem.
The firm has attempted to make headway in the tablet and smartphone market but has wasted around $7 billion so far without very much result.
Now, according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, there’s evidence that Intel is going to carry on wasting money in a segment that has brought it nothing but woe so far.
Digitimes said that it is in cahoots with Chinese firms Spreadtrum and Rockchip and wants to continue to compete with Qualcomm and Mediatek in these markets.
The report claimed that it has licensed its X86 tech to both companies in a bid to ramp up its mobile business.
The report said Spreadtrum will release a number of system on a chip devices in the second half of this year.
Intel apparently wants to be a leader in the much hyped “internet of things”.


Intel invests $1.5 billion in Chinese chip firm

Intel-logoChip behemoth Intel said it will plunge $1.5 billion into a Chinese company called Tsinghua Unigroup.

The firm is wholly state owned but funded by Tsinghua University.

The chip giant said it and Tsinghua have signed a series of agrements with the aim of expanding products for Intel mobile device in China and worldwide.

The two companies will jointly develop architecture and communications devices for mobiles.  The Intel investment will give it a 20 percent minority stake of the holding company.

It’s complicated but Tsinghua Holdings control two companies Spreadtrum and RDA, which are fabless semi conductors making chipsets for smartphones and the like.

One of the joint agreements is that Spreatrum will create and sell Inel based system n a chip products (SoCs), with products available in the second half of next year.

Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, said China is biggest market for smartphones and has the biggest number of net users too.