Dr Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, visits ASTRI and recognises its contributions in I&T development

  • Dr Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Central People’s Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong SAR, visited ASTRI today (27 April 2018) to understand the latest developments in its R&D endeavours as well as technology transfers. During the visit, Dr Tan said, “Hong Kong has an enormous potential to unleash in developing Innovation and Technology (I&T), and commercialising the fruits of R&D – ASTRI plays an important role in that.”

    Dr Tan was accompanied by Professor Li Lu, Director General of the Office’s Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs. Mr Wong Ming-yam – Chairman, Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer and Dr MeiKei Ieong – Chief Technology Officer, welcomed the delegation members to ASTRI. During the visit, Dr Tan emphasised that the Central Government is steadfast in supporting Hong Kong. I&T development plays a very important role in the long-term growth and development of Hong Kong. The HKSAR Government is investing significant resources into the I&T ecosystem to position Hong Kong as a global innovation hub. In the 2018-19 budget, a total of HKD 50 billion was allocated for I&T development. The development blueprint of the Greater Bay Area also provides Hong Kong with an unprecedented opportunity. Dr Tan pointed out that “compared with other global economic clusters such as the Greater Bay Areas of San Francisco and Tokyo, the ‘Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macau Greater Bay Area’ enjoys greater market potential and has amazing prospects for growth and development.” He also disclosed that the Central Government plans to introduce more support measures for companies and entrepreneurs from Hong Kong.

    An internationally renowned scientist himself, Dr Tan witnessed a number of Smart City applications developed by the ASTRI at its ‘Smart City Innovation Centre’ including: naked-eye 3D technology; Next Generation Capsule Endoscopy System; Medical Image Analytics Platform; Palm Fusion Biometric Access Control System; and Next Generation Communication Technologies for maritime, land and road transportation, and aviation sectors. In addition, Dr Tan was briefed on developments in the CNERC Hong Kong branch, located at ASTRI, that specialises in Application Specific Integrated Circuit Systems (ASIC). The branch was established in 2012 with approval from the Central Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) aiming to drive world-class ASIC R&D, as well as to cultivate future talents to help strengthen the country’s semiconductor industry.

    Since being appointed to his current role, it was Dr Tan’s second visit to ASTRI. The first one was in January 2017 when he had just arrived in Hong Kong and sought to understand ASTRI’s overall technological R&D strategy, and its work in the first-ever Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC). This time around, ASTRI’s R&D experts took the opportunity to introduce the latest innovations and R&D developments to Dr Tan. Impressed with the demonstrations, he highly appreciated what ASTRI has achieved and delivered over the years and said, “there has been significant progress at ASTRI, delivering tangible benefits to the industry and communities.”

    ASTRI’s Chairman Mr Wong Ming-yam, said after the visit: “We are very grateful to have Dr Tan Tieniu visit us and his words of appreciation and recognition to our work and achievements. ASTRI will continue to innovate advanced technologies and solutions not only to help Hong Kong’s local development, but also to contribute nationally in the ‘Greater Bay Area’ and ‘Belt and Road’ programmes.”

    Financial Secretary visits ASTRI and reiterates his resolve to drive development and growth powered by technology

  • Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary (FS) of the HKSAR Government, visited ASTRI today (18 April 2018) to learn about its latest R&D and innovation and endeavours, and expressed his strong support for ASTRI’s various initiatives in line with the Government’s I&T agenda. ASTRI’s senior executives and R&D professionals briefed the FS on a number of projects in FinTech, AI and Robotics and health technologies.

    Mr Chan was accompanied by, among other Government officials, Ms Annie Choi, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, and Ms Jane Lee, Secretary-General (Testing and Certification) of the Innovation and Technology Commission. Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI’s Chief Executive Officer, accompanied by other senior executives and Technology Leaders welcomed the FS and his entourage to ASTRI.

    Some of the technology demonstrations witnessed by Mr Chan included an AI-based Mixed Natural Language Processing Chatbot system, a Digital Pathological Image Analytics Platform, Next Generation Capsule Endoscopy System, Optical Character Recognition and Industrial Robot for Random Bin Picking. He was impressed with other projects such as Connected Cars powered by Cellular Vehicle to Everything technologies; ASTRI’s 5G research and related applications for railway signalling system, Smart Airport, Mission Critical Communications; naked-eye 3D display; and Satellite Communications for Maritime Safety. Focusing on the core domain he is in charge of, the FS was also briefed on some of ASTRI’s FinTech projects including various Blockchain applications for financial services, Cybersecurity intelligent and trainings, and Palm Fusion Biometric Authentication System. The FS also took a glimpse of an artwork collaboration project between ASTRI and the City University of Hong Kong that celebrates the power of technology and the imaginative potential of the human brain.

    During his visit to ASTRI, he reiterated his commitment to advancing I&T for Hong Kong, and commented that “Innovation and Technology (I&T) hold the key to a bright and prosperous future for Hong Kong. The passion and commitment from ASTRI’s R&D team play a vital role in advancing Hong Kong’s I&T endeavours. The HKSAR Government remains steadfast in supporting ASTRI, and all the other players in our I&T ecosystem, to pursue innovation-led development and growth”.

    Commenting on the visit, Mr Hugh Chow said, “We have been greatly encouraged by the strong support and interest expressed by the FS in his visit to ASTRI. We are grateful for the strategic boost to I&T he announced in the budget – the significant funding will provide inspiring support to I&T development in Hong Kong. As the largest Government-funded R&D institution in Hong Kong, ASTRI will continue to focus on exploring and applying new technological solutions in areas such as AI, machine learning, smart city health technologies and FinTech.”

    The visit by the FS reinforces the strategic priority attached to I&T development by the HKSAR Government. It strengthens ASTRI’s commitment to leverage the power of technology to collaborate with different stakeholders in the I&T ecosystem in enhancing the competitiveness of businesses and enriching the lives of people.

    Mr Paul Chan – Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, and Ms Annie Choi – Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, along with ASTRI’s senior executives and R&D professionals, celebrating ASTRI’s 14 awards from the recent International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
    The visit by the FS reinforces the strategic priority attached to I&T development by the HKSAR Government
    AI-based industrial robots were one of the technology demonstrations witnessed by Mr Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government during his visit to ASTRI
    From left to right: Ms Jane Lee, Secretary-General (Testing and Certification) of the Innovation and Technology Commission, Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, Mr Paul Chan – Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, Ms Annie Choi – Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, and Dr MeiKei Ieong – Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI
    Mr Paul Chan – Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, trying out ASTRI’s AI-based Handwritten Chinese Character Optical Recognition solution

    ASTRI Wins 14 Awards at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva

  • The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has won 14 awards at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. With three of these 14 awards being accompanied by a Congratulations from the Jury, ASTRI is one of the most awarded organisations among Hong Kong participants in the Exhibition.

    Held annually in Geneva, the International Exhibition of Inventions is recognised as the most revered and specialised event of its kind in the world. It attracts exhibitors from around the globe who showcase their inventions and innovations to a large global audience.  For this year, there were 822 exhibitors and a thousand inventions on display in the Exhibition. A Hong Kong delegation comprising around 15 institutions and universities won 98 awards. Among them, ASTRI received three Gold Medals with Congratulations of the Jury, eight Gold medals and three Silver medals. This remarkable feat made ASTRI one of the most awarded organisations among the Hong Kong exhibitors.

    The three ASTRI projects winning Gold Medals with Congratulations of the Jury were: B-TrunC Base-station for mission critical communications which enables fast, reliable, low-latency communications; Advanced Safety Design for Rechargeable Battery to prevent accidents causing by overheating of battery during recharging; and Non-invasive Bloodless Glucometer.

    Commenting on this special achievement, Mr Wong Ming-yam – ASTRI’s Chairman said: “The International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva is a highly respected international platform for innovators from around the world. ASTRI is honoured and delighted to stand out among many world-class inventors and institutions with 14 prestigious awards. This recognition of our innovative endeavours once again demonstrates ASTRI’s R&D capability and strength. ASTRI will continue to dedicate its efforts to help enhance Hong Kong’s global competitiveness through applied research.”

    ASTRI’s winning projects at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva:

    Gold Medal with the Congratulations of the Jury 

    1. B-TrunC base-station for mission critical communications

    2. Advanced safety design for rechargeable battery

    3. Non-invasive bloodless glucometer

    Gold Medal 

    4. Panoramic video processor

    5. Barcode-free retail scanner

    6. 3D high power electronic modules

    7. Narrowband internet of things

    8. Glass surface defects inspection system

    9. Automated processing platform for handwritten Chinese character recognition

    10. Vehicle detection, tracking and localisation based on enhanced anti-perspective transformation

    11. Smart data indexing system for mobile devices

    Silver Medal 

    12. Apparatus and method for fast evaluation of plating additives performance in microvia filling

    13. Touch and motion detection using surface map, object shadow and a single camera

    14. All-in-one Virtual Reality based Head Mount Display System (HMD)

    The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva is organised under the patronage of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Swiss Federal Government, the State, and the City of Geneva. With its unparalleled profile and global stature, the Exhibition is acknowledged as the most important show of inventions anywhere in the world. It is also the most international, with the participation of more than 45 countries and territories.

    Hong Kong delegates for the International Exhibitions of Innovations of Geneva attending the cocktail reception hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of Berlin and Hong Kong Federation of Invention and Innovation.
    ASTRI received 14 awards at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva.

     

    Signing of an agreement to set up a joint innovation lab marks the beginning of international collaboration between ASTRI and European R&D institution INL

  • [Hong Kong, 2 March 2018] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) signed an agreement today to set up a joint innovation laboratory to pursue cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research for overall smart city development. The signing ceremony, held at ASTRI premises, also included an insightful seminar on ‘Nano and Sensing Technologies for Smart City’ facilitated by leading scholars and experts from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Europe.

    In his opening remarks, Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI said, “The partnership between ASTRI and INL sets a significant milestone for closer research collaboration among Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal, to leverage the power of technology for the benefit of communities and economies across Greater China and Europe.” Professor Marina Villegas Garcia, Vice Chairman of INL Council and Director General of the Spanish State Research Organisation congratulated both organisations on the successful commencement of this partnership and hoped that “collaboration between Spain, Portugal, Mainland China and Hong Kong will lead to meaningful exchange of innovative R&D, technologies, knowledge and insights which will ultimately improve the quality of people’s lives.”

    Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI and Professors Lars Montelius, Director General of INL signed the agreement on their respective organisations’ behalf. Mr Chow said, “To have sustainable traction in smart city development, we need an integrated ecosystem approach where R&D institutions like ASTRI and INL must collaborate; through strong partnerships with big and small businesses; supported by investors, regulators and Governments.”. Professor Montelius said, “As an inter-governmental R&D institution, INL seeks to leverage international collaborations and sound technological exchanges to pursue innovative and practical applications. We are very pleased to have this partnership with ASTRI which perfectly complements our mission.”

    The seminar on ‘Nano and Sensing Technologies for Smart City’ included two insightful panel discussions. The first one covered the topic ‘The changing society, and needs for international collaboration in life sciences’. Moderated by ASTRI’s Chief Technology Officer Dr MeiKei Ieong, it was participated by Professor Ren Tiang-ling of Tsinghua University; Professor Lorenzo Pastrana, Head of Department of Life Sciences, INL; and Professor Aaron Ho, Professor of Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The second seminar was moderated by Professor Lars Montelius, covering the topic ‘Nanotechnology in the next decade’. The panellists were: Professor Stella Pang, Chair Professor of Electronics Engineering, The City University of Hong Kong;

    Dr Maganus Ryde, Partner, Spirit Ventures; and Professor Joao Gaspar, Head of Department of Micro and Nano Fabrication, INL. Both seminars saw very rich and thought-provoking discussions by the panellists on important topics such as physical and life sciences; healthcare and diagnostic technologies; advanced sensing and nano technologies; investment and funding for applied R&D; and collaboration platforms for smart city development.

    INL is an international applied research institution jointly established by the Governments of Spain and Portugal. It seeks to leverage Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to promote smart cities. As the Hong Kong SAR Government’s designated ICT R&D lab, ASTRI pursues Smart City development as an important pillar of its R&D strategy as well. INL conducts inter-disciplinary research on semiconductors, circuit designs, intelligent devices, and related applications. It is also active in medical imaging and diagnosis, food safety, and environmental monitoring. These are areas where ASTRI too has strong core competence.

    The ASTRI-INL joint laboratory will seek to promote innovative R&D efforts in smart city and intelligent manufacturing, among other areas. In addition to conducting joint R&D projects and exchanges, the partnership will also focus on grooming a new generation of researchers through mutual collaboration.

    Professor On-ching Yue, Science Advisor to the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government; Dr Vitor Sereno, Consul General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong; Ms Maria Perez-Ribes, Deputy Consul General and Commissioner for Economic and Commercial Affairs of Spain in Hong Kong; joined other senior officials, members of the diplomatic corps, senior officials and researchers from INL, ASTRI’s senior executives and R&D leaders; scholars and technology business leaders from Greater China on the occasion.

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI, expressed optimism that the ASTRI-INL partnership will make significant progress in smart city related technology development
    Professor Marina Villegas Garcia, Vice Chairman of INL Council and Director General of the Spanish State Research Organisation congratulated both organisations for this partnership.
    Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI’s CEO (sitting, left) and Professor Lars Monetelius, Director General of INL (sitting, right) signed the partnership MOU. Mr Wong Ming-yam (standing, left) and Professor Marina Villegas Garcia (standing, right) were witness to the agreement.
    Dignitaries present on the occasion included: (sitting, starting from left) Professor You On-ching, Science Advisor to the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government; Dra Maria Joao Bonificio, Deputy Consul General of Portugal; Dr Vitor Sereno, Consul General of Portugal to Macau and Hong Kong; Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI; Professor Lars Monetelius, Director General of INL; Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI Chairman; Professor Marina Villegas Garcia, Vice Chairman of INL Council; and Mr Bjorn Segerblom, Chairman of INL Business Advisory Board; (standing, fourth from right) Ms Maria Perez-Ribes, Deputy Consul General of Spain to Hong Kong.
    Dr Mei Kei Ieong (1st from right) moderated the first panel discussion participated by (sitting, starting from left) Professor Ren Tiang-ling; Professor Aaron Ho; and Professor Lorenzo Pastrana.
    Professor Lars Montelius (1st from right) moderated the second panel discussion participated by (sitting, starting from left) Professor Stella Pang; Professor Joao Gaspar; and Dr Maganus Ryde.

     

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (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. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

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    For enquiries, please contact Ms Eunice Cheng (Tel: 3406 2517, email: [email protected])

    ASTRI Board Appoints New Directors

  • [Hong Kong, 28 February 2018] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today announced the appointment of three new Directors to the ASTRI Board for a term of two years with effect from 1 March 2018.  The new appointees are:

    • Mr Stephen Ho Wai-chung
      CEO, CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited
    • Prof Liew Soung-chang
      Professor and Division Head, Department of Information Engineering
      The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • Dr Archie Yeh Tsuei-chi
      CEO, Solomon Systech Limited

     

    Also commencing 1 March 2018, Mr Chuck Cheng Cheuk-wing and Prof Ching Pak-chung, will retire from the ASTRI Board.

    Chairman of ASTRI’s Board of Directors Mr Wong Ming-yam welcomed the new members to the Board.  He said, “We are pleased and privileged to have these three distinguished professionals joining the ASTRI Board.  Their experience and talent will surely bring new inspirations to ASTRI in the pursuit of our mission to serve the Hong Kong industry through innovation and technology.  While we look forward to working with our new members, we would also like to express our heart-felt thanks to Mr Cheng and Prof Ching for their valuable service and significant contributions made to ASTRI during their service period.”

    As from 1 March 2018, the composition of ASTRI’s Board of Directors is as follows:

    Chairman

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP

    Members

    Ms Cally Chan Shan-shan
    Prof Roland Chin Tai-hong, BBS, JP
    Mr Duncan Chiu
    Mr Humphrey Choi Chor-ching, JP
    Mr Tony Choi Siu-chow, JP
    Mr Ha Yung-kuen, BBS
    Mr Stephen Ho Wai-chung

    Mr Kwong Chi-keung, JP
    Ir Dr Alan Lam Hiu-fung
    Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, JP
    Prof Liew Soung-chang

    Mr Andy Liu An-ting
    Dr Davy Lo Kwok-wai
    Ms Hera Siu Kit-wan
    Mr Denis Tse Tik-yang
    Mr Wong Pin-dar
    Dr Archie Yeh Tsuei-chi

    (In alphabetical order according to surname)

    Official Members

    Mr Cheuk Wing-hing, JP, Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology
    Ms Annie Choi Suk-han, JP, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology

    – END –

     

     

    ASTRI is showcasing its latest LTE and 5G communications R&D at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona

  • [27 February 2018, Hong Kong] ASTRI is showcasing a series of latest LTE and 5G communications technologies at the Mobile World Congress 2018 from 26 February to 1 March 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Collaborating with Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd., Rohde & Schwarz, Keysight Technologies and Intel Corporation, ASTRI is performing joint technology demonstrations at the respective booths of its partners.

    Technologies being showcased by ASTRI at the Mobile World Congress 2018 include:

    Technology Booth No.
    Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) virtualisation with live migration for 4G and 5G networks Joint demo with Sunnada at Hall 5 Stand 5G70
    5G Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) and Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) base-station

    The ultra-low latency round trip signalling is validated with testing equipment from Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz

    Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Throughput Optimisation and Orchestration Prototype
    Control and User Plane Separation in EPC Nodes (CUPS) towards 5G core network
    Mobile Core/Edge Network on Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) Joint demo with Intel at Hall 3 Stand 3E31
    V2X Networking System for enabling Edge Applications and Autonomous Driving

     

    In addition, ASTRI is showcasing its mini EPC (Evolved Packet Core) and Portable LTE Base Station innovation at the Hong Kong Technology Pavilion (Booth No. Hall 1 Stand 1E20), introducing its Next Generation Network R&D and the application of these technologies across different industries.

    ASTRI thrives on partnership with the industry. Its mission is to help businesses to become more competitive through applied research. ASTRI delivers that by partnering with the industry ecosystem. It has had a strong and fruitful relationship with GSMA – the organiser of MWC – registering successive participation in the global event over the years.

    Organised by the GSMA, Mobile World Congress is an annual event that provides unique business opportunities and a platform for relationship building for the mobile industry. It includes over 2,300 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations; a world-class conference featuring inspiring keynotes and discussions; networking opportunities; and the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony which recognises leading mobile solutions and initiatives from around the world. For details of the event, please visit https://www.mobileworldcongress.com.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (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.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. Please visit www.astri.org, for further information about ASTRI.

    Media enquiries

    Mr Raymond Woo                                Tel: (852) 3406 2536                   Email: [email protected]

    ASTRI and Sunnada Network jointly demonstrate a series of latest LTE and 5G technologies at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona

  • [Hong Kong, 27 February 2018] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), together with Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd. (Sunnada Network) (Hall 5, Stand 5G70), are demonstrating a series of latest next generation network technologies including Long Term Evolution (LTE), Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), and 5G network infrastructure and solutions at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

    The key technologies demonstrated include:

    Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) virtualisation with live migration

    It allows running virtual base stations to be moved between different physical machines with minimal service interruption to users. This technology enables network operators to reduce capital expenditures and have increased flexibility in their networks through dynamic allocation and migration of computational resources.

    5G Ultra Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) C-RAN Base-Station

    This solution is based on the latest 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard which was completed in December 2017. The demonstration shows the end-to-end system consisting of reference design of 5G C-RAN base-station and 5G user terminal (UE) running URLLC traffics. The ultra-low latency round trip signalling along with video stream traffic can be observed based on 3GPP 5G standard compliant signal, which is monitored with testing equipment from Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz. This solution is useful for public network deployment, such as autonomous driving, augmented reality. It can also be customised for task-specific requirements in other markets applications such as wireless industrial robots and automated guided vehicles.

    Control and User Plane Separation in EPC Nodes (CUPS) towards 5G core network technology

    This technology enables flexible network deployment and operation. The user plane of ASTRI’s CUPS supports up to 20Gbps throughput with cost effective INTEL® XEON® D based hardware platform.

    Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Throughput Optimisation and Orchestration Prototype

    ASTRI’s SD-WAN optimisation technology can significantly increase the effective Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) throughput by over 200 times (under over 600ms round-trip-time (RTT) and 1% packet loss in network condition)

    Sunnada Network’s CEO Mr Haven Huang said, “Along with our newly established Hong Kong-based subsidiary Anktion Limited, Sunnada Network collaborates increasingly closely with ASTRI for 4G and 5G R&D. The results of our joint efforts should strengthen our market position in the Hong Kong and overseas markets.”

    Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s Vice President for Next Generation Network, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Sunnada Network and its subsidiary Anktion Limited to develop C-RAN and mobile core/edge technologies towards 5G. Once launched and made available in the market, these technologies will bring significant benefits to the entire industry. We expect our long-term cooperation to bring even more ground-breaking technologies to add strong, practical value in the 5G era.”

    ASTRI started its collaboration with Sunnada Network on the development of TD-LTE small cell and small cell gateway solutions back in 2011. The commercial TD-LTE small cells with LTE and WLAN functionality have been developed in over 10 countries and regions. ASTRI will continue to work closely with Sunnada Network, jointly developing next generation wireless communications technologies and providing private and public network solutions that support industry users.

    Sunnada and ASTRI are performing the joint demonstrations at Sunnada booth (Hall 5, Stand 5G70) at the MWC which is being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, from 26 February to 1 March 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (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. ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

    Media enquiries:

    For enquiries, please contact Raymond Woo (Tel: 3406 2536, email: [email protected])

    Rohde & Schwarz and ASTRI jointly demonstrated latest 3GPP Release 15 NR signal analyser solutions at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona

  • [26 February 2018, Hong Kong] Rohde & Schwarz and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) showcased a 3GPP release 15 standard compliance New Radio (NR) Centralised Radio Access Network (C-RAN) solution with the latest R&S FSW26 signal and spectrum analyser from Rohde & Schwarz at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

    The demonstration revealed ASTRI’s latest NR C-RAN Base Station (BS) and User Equipment (UE) emulator consisting of Intel x86-based C-RAN Baseband Unit (BBU) and Sunnada Network Radio Remote Unit (RRU). 3GPP release 15 NR standard compliant signals from BS to UE are analysed by the R&S FSW26.

    The R&S FSW26 together with its analyser software R&S FSW-K144 can successfully demodulate the 3GPP release 15 NR compliant signals, i.e. Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH), Demodulation Reference Signal (DMRS), Primary Synchronisation Signal (PSS) and Secondary Synchronisation Signal (SSS).

    ASTRI’s C-RAN solution supports Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), running on virtual machines on real time operating system. The demonstration shows different numerologies of 5G traffics including enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and ultra-reliable and low-latency (URLLC) traffics and analysed by the R&S FSW26.

    The demonstration took place at the booth of Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd. (Hall 5 Stand 5G70) in MWC 2018 being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain from 26 February to 1 March 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (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.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. Please visit www.astri.org, for further information about ASTRI.

    About Rohde & Schwarz

    The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative test and measurement, information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On 30 June 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA. R&S ® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.

    Media enquiries

    ASTRI: Mr Raymond Woo                                Tel: (852) 3406                    Email: [email protected]

    Rohde & Schwarz: Ms Virginia Chan               Tel: (852) 2264 3788           Email: [email protected]

     

    Keysight and ASTRI demonstrates test and measurement solutions for validating 3GPP Release 15 NR compliant 5G base-station reference designs at MWC18

  • 5G NR-ready modulation analysis software decodes base-station reference design

    [Hong Kong, 26 February 2018] Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) has announced today that together with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI, it demonstrated a 3GPP Release 15 5G NR base station reference design using Keysight’s performance signal analyser (PXA) and its 5G NR ready 89601B VSA software for modulation analysis at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The demonstration took place at the booth of Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co., Ltd and showcased a 3GPP release 15 5G New Radio (NR) full standard compliance base-station transmitter measurement and decoding of a base-station reference design developed by ASTRI.

    Keysight recently launched the industry’s first commercially available 5G NR software solutions covering the full product design cycle with simulation, signal creation and analysis, with uplink and downlink directions, enabling both transmitter and receiver simulation and test. The VSA with its in-depth analysis and troubleshooting tools, enables developers to see through the complexity in their 5G NR designs. The 5G NR modulation analysis capability enables users to demodulate the initial access channel and signals (SS/PBCH block) and 5G Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) using the 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), which is the highest modulation order used by 5G NR. The demodulated results showed a constellation diagram and error summary with exceptional EVM performance as well as frequency and timing errors.

    The software uses colour coding based on physical channel type and marker coupling across different measurements to highlight aspects of the complex NR signal structure, revealing specific signal and channel effects and impairments, enabling engineers to gain insights faster. Used in conjunction with Keysight high performance X-Series and modular signal analysers with wide bandwidth and wide frequency coverage, designers are able to make 5G NR measurements in both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies with excellent performance.

    ASTRI has partnered with Keysight on 5G research and development for the past three years.  “Keysight’s strong local and worldwide support combined with its industry-leading capabilities in terms of demodulation and vector signal analysis of today’s most complex signals have made it a reliable partner, helping us solve 5G NR design and test challenges”, said Dr Justin Chuang, VP, Next Generation Network of ASTRI.

    Powered by the Keysight analyser, ASTRI’s 5G base-station reference design conforms to the 3GPP standard; it is based on x86 general purpose programmable platform and supports Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). The design supports different numerologies of 5G traffic such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and ultra-reliable and low-latency (URLLC) and can be accurately analysed by the Keysight equipment.

    Keysight and ASTRI are performing the joint demonstrations at Sunnada booth (Hall 5, Stand 5G70) at the MWC which is being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, from 26 February to 1 March 2018.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (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.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

    About Keysight in 5G

    The development of 5G depends on up-to-date tools that let designers easily explore new signals, scenarios and topologies. Keysight’s 5G solutions are ready to enable deeper insights as development evolves with the standard. In design and test, Keysight is helping industry leaders innovate across new and existing technologies as they transform ideas into reality. Additional information about Keysight’s 5G design, test and measurement solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G.

    About Keysight Technologies

    Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world.  Keysight’s solutions optimise networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of USD3.2B in fiscal year 2017. In April 2017, Keysight acquired Ixia, a leader in network test, visibility, and security. More information is available at www.keysight.com.

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    OmniVision and ASTRI Create Production-Ready Reference Design for AR Glasses

  • Single-chip LCOS Display Solution Enables Simpler System Designs,
    Smaller Form Factor, Lighter Weight and Lower Power Consumption

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jan.10, 2018 – OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced that it has collaborated with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) to develop a reference design for production-ready augmented reality (AR) glasses. This complete AR glasses solution combines OmniVision’s lightweight and power-efficient OP02220, the industry’s only single-chip, 1080p high definition (HD) liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) display with integrated driver and memory buffer, with ASTRI’s reference design, which integrates optics and system electronics that provide an industry-leading 60-degree-wide field of view for an improved user experience.

    The AR market is at an early stage and growing rapidly. The International Data Corporation (IDC) [1] forecasts a compound annual growth rate at 113% between 2017 and 2021, driven initially by demand for applications such as consumer gaming, retail showcasing and manufacturing training. Therapy and rehabilitation and public infrastructure maintenance, both of which can take advantage of wireless head-mounted displays, are among the applications in which IDC expects to see the fastest growth over the forecast period.

    “Customers are looking for a complete turnkey reference design solution for AR glasses with Wi-Fi connectivity to any mobile device or PC,” said Sam Yoshikawa, LCOS marketing manager at OmniVision. “We partnered with ASTRI because they are an early adopter of AR technology and they have strong expertise in AR design. The collaboration allows us to rapidly bring our high-resolution LCOS display to the AR market as part of a qualified reference design.”

    ASTRI’s wireless reference design will offer OEMs and ODMs the opportunity to license the technology, obtain a prototype and accelerate their product launch. High-quality optics from ASTRI allow an unprecedented 60-degree field of view as part of its fully qualified, complete electronics system for AR glasses. This system also integrates 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

    The reference design leverages OmniVision’s OP02220 LCOS display and OV9282 image sensor to enable inside-out tracking such as SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), 3D room scanning, and hand and tool tracking. The OP02220 enables simpler system designs, a smaller form factor, lighter weight and up to 40% lower power consumption compared with display systems using two or three separate driver and memory-buffer chips.

    The OV9282 is built on OmniVision’s high-speed OmniPixel3-GS™ pixel technology to capture 1280 x 800 pixel images at 120 frames per second (FPS) with low latency.

     “ASTRI’s intelligent AR projection solution offers advanced optics with uniquely varied FOV, as well as high resolution and brightness. Through this partnership, our advanced optical and sensing capabilities join the high-performance image sensor and LCOS solutions from OmniVision – offering the consumers an extraordinary product experience. The OP02220, for example, is the perfect fit for ASTRI’s reference design because it offers industry-leading LCOS display capabilities in a compact form factor with extremely low power consumption,” said Kenny Chan, Senior Manager at ASTRI. “ASTRI’s ‘Smart Optics’ display and sensing technology solutions, and this particular reference design, enable OEMs and ODMs to rapidly bring leading-edge AR glasses to the market.”

    This joint reference design and all specified components are currently available. A prototype will be demonstrated at OmniVision’s CES private suite. Please contact your OmniVision sales or marketing representative to schedule a meeting or receive more information.

    [1] : IDC Press Release, Worldwide Spending on Augmented and Virtual Reality Expected to Double or More Every Year Through 2021, According to IDC, August 2017

     

    About OmniVision

    OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (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. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is grouped under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuits. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org

    OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

     

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