MADISON, Wis.--Shanghai-based communication chip company Leacore Technology has
licensed Ceva Inc.'s DSP technologies and platforms for next-generation
mobile devices, Ceva announced Wednesday (April 17).
Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary of China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. Ltd. The company’s TD-SCDMA, LTE chip and overall solution are designed into feature phone, smartphone and convergence terminal products.
Although details of the agreement are not made public, the deal appears to involve Ceva’s DSP and platform IPs designed to enable a range of communication standards including TD-LTE and LTE Advanced.
“CEVA is widely acknowledged as the industry leader in DSP and platform IP and our long and detailed selection process clearly identified them as an ideal strategic technology partner for our next-generation products,” said JiTang Liu, a vice president at Leadcore, in a statement.
While many Chinese fabless companies today are active in the apps processor market for smartphones and tablets, they lack baseband solutions. Spreadtrum and RDA are the only Chinese companies touting internally developed baseband solutions.
In a series of interviews conducted by EE Times last month, several Chinese handset/tablet chip vendors revealed that they are looking to license baseband technology or modem chips. Leadcore’s name came up several times as their potential licensee or a partner.
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