Chinese silicon technology company Spreadtrum Communications announced its entry into the tablet market, with a quadcore chip including HSPA+ and Android 4.4 support.

Leo Li, chairman and CEO of the company, said: “China manufacturers are rapidly increasing their production of tablets, and we are pleased to introduce a low-cost chipset coupled with a turnkey reference design for this market.”

The SC5735 solution is sampling with customers now and is expected to reach mass production next month.

Late last year, Spreadtrum was acquired by Tsinghua Unigroup, a unit of a state-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University in China.