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MediaTek, ASTWireless ally on TD-SCDMA business.

Taipei, Jan. 18, 2010 (CENS)--MediaTek Inc. has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on building a strategic alliance with ASTWireless Corp. of mainland China over integration of their resources and strength in time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA) mobile technology and software.

The cooperation, industry watchers pointed out, is aimed at the mainland's fast-growing TD-SCDMA market, which is projected to have 50 million TD-SCDMA subscribers this year, up from 2009's three million subscribers.

Last year, half of the mainland's three million TD-SCDMA subscribers used the mobile phones equipped with the chips co-developed by MeidaTek and Leadcore Technology Co., Ltd., another mainland Chinese supplier of wireless solutions. Leadcore is a firmware developer owned by telecom-equipment manufacturer Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd., which has authorized MediTek to develop TD-SCDMA chips for its equipment. ASTWireless is a startup, which was once reported to be acquired by Qualcomm. Its cooperation with ASTWireless indirectly denied the reports, industry watchers said. ((KL)) (E)

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Title Annotation:ASTWireless Corp., MediaTek Inc., and Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Jan 18, 2010
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