ASTRI and Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit to set up joint laboratory of wireless IoT technologies for applications of smart cities and intelligent transportation

ASTRI and Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit to set up joint laboratory of wireless IoT technologies for applications of smart cities and intelligent transportation

  • (Hong Kong, 29 July 2015) Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd. (SHHIC) announced today (29 July) the opening of a joint laboratory on wireless Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications, fostering the collaboration between ASTRI and SHHIC and developing single-chip system level solutions for smart cities and intelligent transportation applications.

    The opening ceremony of the joint lab was officiated by Dr. Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI and Mr. Rongxin Li, General Manager of SHHIC. Also joining the ceremony were Mr. Ming-yam Wong, Chairman of the Board of ASTRI, Dr. Justin Chuang, Vice President and Group Director, Communications Technologies of ASTRI, Mr. Bill Zhang, Director of IC Design (Analog) of ASTRI, Mr. Xinhua Ji, Deputy General Manager of SHHIC, Mr. Yongliu Wang, Design Director of SHHIC, and Mr. Jing Liu, Technology Development Manager of SHHIC.

    The establishment of “Joint Laboratory of Wireless IoT Technologies & Applications” aims to strengthen the long-term collaboration between two parties. SHHIC has strong expertise in smart card and information security chips design. ASTRI has strong expertise in wireless, radio frequency (RF) and analog design. The joint laboratory is a perfect match of expertise from both parties to develop wireless IoT chips at terminals and sensor nodes side. These IoT chips are single-chip system level solutions which include all functionalities of RF transceiver, baseband, security, protocol and CPU for applications of smart cities and intelligent transportation locally and nationally. In addition, ASTRI will also provide consultancy service to assist SHHIC’s on-going projects.

    Dr. Frank Tong is very pleased that ASTRI can collaborate with SHHIC to set up the joint laboratory. He said, “SHHIC is one of the top chip vendors in Mainland China providing smart card, information security chips and solutions for various applications such as identity card, financial security, telecom and intelligent transportation. We will work together to develop cutting-edge IoT technologies that will bring significant impacts on smart cities and intelligent transportation applications.”

    Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Rongxin Li said, “ASTRI is the largest research institute in Hong Kong. ASTRI has about 400 R&D personnel with strong expertise in wireless and integrated circuit design. With the establishment of joint laboratory, researchers and engineers of both parties can exchange with each other and create synergy to develop system level chips and total solutions for the rapidly growing wireless IoT markets.”

    The joint laboratory will physically be located in ASTRI. The fund contributed by ASTRI comes from Innovation and Technology Fund managed by the Innovation and Technology Commission.

    About Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)

    ASTRI was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. In 2006, ASTRI was designated the Hong Kong Research and Development Centre for Information and Communications Technologies by the Innovation and Technology Commission. In 2012, ASTRI received the approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology to establish the first Hong Kong Branch of National Engineering Research Centre. Since its inception, it has also succeeded in creating economic impact by transferring new technologies to its customers in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the region. For details, please visit http://archive.astri.org/

    About Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd

    Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd. (SHHIC) is a leading smart card and information security chip solution supplier. SHHIC can provide contactless IC card chips, contact IC card chips, dual interface card chips, USBKEY chips, ultra low power MCU chips, intelligent transportation products and solutions of RFID, public transportation one-card-express, social security, financial security, telecoms, mobile payment, high-end identification, medical treatment appliance, smart instruments, consumer electronics and intelligent transportation. As one of China top chip suppliers, SHHIC annual shipment amounts to 600 million chips. SHHIC has over a decade of experience of smart card and information security chips in Egypt, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Nepal, Vietnam, Nigeria, Singapore, Australia, Luxemburg, Germany and Russia etc.

     A warm hand-shaking between Dr. Frank Tong (front, left), Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, and Mr. Rongxin Li (front, right), General Manager of SHHIC, after the agreement was signed.
    A warm hand-shaking between Dr. Frank Tong (front, left), Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, and Mr. Rongxin Li (front, right), General Manager of SHHIC, after the agreement was signed.
    (From the left) Mr. Bill Zhang, Director of IC Design (Analog) of ASTRI, Dr. Justin Chuang, Vice President and Group Director, Communications Technologies of ASTRI, Dr. Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, Mr. Ming-yam Wong, Chairman of the Board of ASTRI, Mr. Rongxin Li, General Manager of SHHIC, Mr. Xinhua Ji, Deputy General Manager of SHHIC, Mr. Yongliu Wang, Design Director of SHHIC, and Mr. Jing Liu, Technology Development Manager of SHHIC.
    (From the left) Mr. Bill Zhang, Director of IC Design (Analog) of ASTRI, Dr. Justin Chuang, Vice President and Group Director, Communications Technologies of ASTRI, Dr. Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, Mr. Ming-yam Wong, Chairman of the Board of ASTRI, Mr. Rongxin Li, General Manager of SHHIC, Mr. Xinhua Ji, Deputy General Manager of SHHIC, Mr. Yongliu Wang, Design Director of SHHIC, and Mr. Jing Liu, Technology Development Manager of SHHIC.