[Hong Kong, 16 April 2022] Mr. John Lee Ka-chiu (SBS, PDSM, PMSM, JP), the former Chief Secretary for Administration who is running for the Chief Executive, visited the Hong Kong Branch of Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC) for Application Specific Integrated Circuit System at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), the first CNERC branch in Hong Kong, this morning. Through the visit to the CNERC Hong Kong branch (Hong Kong Branch) and ASTRI’s Technovation Centre, Mr. Lee learnt about ASTRI’s progress in applied research and innovation in six key areas: smart city, financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, digital health, application specific integrated circuits and metaverse.
The Hong Kong Branch visited by Mr. Lee today is the first of the six CNERC branches in Hong Kong. It was established on 21 June 2012, with the approval from State Ministry of Science and Technology, and has been operated by ASTRI. The Hong Kong Branch cooperates with the National ASIC System Engineering Research Centre of Southeast University and RF Integrated Circuits and Systems Engineering Research Centre of Southeast University, and specialises in the research of application specific integrated circuits.
The research outcomes of the Hong Kong Branch have won many awards. In November 2021, it won a First-class Prize of the 2020 State Scientific and Technological Progress Award for participating in the research and development project of “Key Technology and Complete Set of Processes for High Density and High Reliability Electronic Packaging”. This is the highest honour received by a research and development institution under the Hong Kong SAR government for participating in the national-level award in the field of electronic packaging, which also affirms the achievements of ASTRI and its mainland partners in industry-university-research cooperation over the years.
In March 2022, the “Novel underwater wireless power charging solution against climate change” developed by the Hong Kong Branch has been awarded a gold medal at the annual “International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva”, the world’s largest innovation exhibition. The Hong Kong Branch garners various awards in Hong Kong and international scientific research fields every year.
Mr. Lee visited ASTRI to learn about its progress in innovation and technology, including one of the world’s largest cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) public road tests, which was to study and test the technology’s application scenarios on the roads of Hong Kong, as well as the network and infrastructure required for the application.
Apart from its commitment to cultivating research and innovation talents, ASTRI has won international recognition for its technological innovation and outstanding contributions to industry and the community. ASTRI won 12 awards at this year’s “International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva”, including 2 gold medals and 10 silver medals. The award-winning inventions include “Novel underwater wireless power charging solution against climate change” and “Making future cities and campuses smarter and more efficient with 5G”. The former is an innovation that extends the operation time of underwater unmanned vehicles, while the latter is Hong Kong’s first 5G end-to-end network full-architecture solution.
Dr. Sunny Chai Ngai-chiu (BBS, JP), Chairman of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, (left) and Mr. John Lee Ka-chiu (SBS, PDSM, PMSM, JP) (right) visited ASTRI’s Technovation Centre to learn about ASTRI’s progress in innovation and technology.