ASTRI and Cyberport partnership seeks to facilitate unleash great potential for AI and Blockchain start-ups

  • [17 July 2018, Hong Kong] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Cyberport, the digital tech community comprising over 1,000 technology companies, partnered for the ‘ASTRI Technovation Day’ – aiming to introduce ASTRI to the Cyberport tenant companies, particularly the technology start-ups in FinTech, Blockchain, HealthTech and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through events like this, ASTRI hopes to develop the connection with the technology start-up community and provide necessary support to them. Held yesterday at Cyberport, the ASTRI Technovation Day had a clear mission of fostering collaborations, boosting technological capabilities, sharing useful information about funding resources, and updating participants on ASTRI’s technology partnership models. Over 40 start-ups took part in the event which also included insightful sessions on Blockchain Applications, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics, along with a facilitated business matching session for AI and Blockchain stream start-ups.

    Mr Hugh Chow – ASTRI’s Chief Executive Officer and Mr Peter Yan – Chief Executive Officer of Cyberport talked about the common goal shared by their respective organisations – enabling Blockchain and AI stream start-ups to unleash a world of potential. Commenting on the initiative, Mr Chow said, “Through this event, ASTRI seeks to provide a platform for innovation catalysts to connect with innovation drivers – helping the ecosystem to collectively maximise the impact of our endeavours.” Conscious that it is unusual for an R&D institution to disseminate to other technology developers, Mr Chow added that “ASTRI aims to act as a Technovation facilitator. As we all know, together we always achieve more.”

    “I am glad that Cyberport is working closely with ASTRI on this event that aligns with Cyberport’s key cluster focus of AI, blockchain and big data. This will be highly beneficial to Cyberport’s tech community in gaining inspiration to enhance their product development.  With a community of over 1,000 digital tech companies, Cyberport is keen to work with partners like ASTRI to accelerate their growth and development to create impact on our society.  I look forward to more collaboration with ASTRI in the coming future,” expressed Mr Yan, CEO of Cyberport.

    ASTRI remains committed to its mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s global competitiveness with the power of technology, working as an important facilitator of Hong Kong’s I&T development. Technology start-ups play a vital role in Hong Kong’s role in its global I&T aspirations. Hong Kong not only boasts one of the most vibrant start-up ecosystems in the world, but also consistently ranks at the top league of global innovation and business competitiveness rankings. ASTRI recognises its responsibility to better understand what rising technology entrepreneurs need, and to share technological and funding related information that they might find useful.

    The focus of various sessions during the ASTRI Technovation Day was on Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Healthcare Technologies and Cybersecurity. The event has been a collective effort from ASTRI and Cyberport as part of their common goal to cultivate talents to help turn Hong Kong’s information technology aspirations into reality, and to help build a thriving, innovation-led economy.

    ASTRI reiterates commitment to contributing to national I&T development through the first-ever Hong Kong Branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre

  • The 9th Management Committee Meeting of the Hong Kong Branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC) specialising in Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) System – the first ever CNERC branch established outside the Mainland – took place last week. The meeting was chaired by Mr Sunny Lee – Chairman of the Management Committee, member of ASTRI’s Board of Directors, and Vice President (Administration) of the City University of Hong Kong. Taking place at the premises of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), where the CNERC Branch is operated, the meeting covered the progress in R&D achievements, project funding, local and international collaborations, future directions, and the overarching strategic roadmap of ASTRI’s CNERC operations.

    Integrated Circuits (IC) hold key to innovation-led growth and development of a lot of high-tech industrial sectors. The IC design element of China’s overall IC industry has been growing at around 25% over the last four years – the trend is set to sustain and strengthen in the foreseeable future. According to IC Insights, two Mainland-based and one Taiwan-based enterprises featured in the world’s top 10 largest IC design companies in 2017. As China strives to significantly upgrade its industrial and manufacturing sectors – especially in telecommunication, smart city and electronics – the significance of reliable and robust IC research has become paramount. To that end, the Central Government has a clear vision to uplift technological capabilities and build a skilled talent-pool for the sector. Hong Kong SAR, with its strategic position as a globally-connected modern economy within China, could play a crucial role in that endeavour. Particularly in the context of global techno-economic dynamics, international developments like the Belt and Road initiative, and national-level plans such as the Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong can potentially harness a large pool of opportunities to excel and contribute.

    In the most recent years, leveraging the mandate of the CNERC Hong Kong Branch, ASTRI has developed a number of advanced and innovative solutions in various areas including Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), FinFET, design, Hall-sensor IC solutions, ultra-high-definition and 3D conversion video technologies, power electronics modules, high-density electronic packaging and Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based high density power modules. ASTRI’s R&D teams involved in the CNERC branch have also developed solutions based on Blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies.

    Collaborating closely with its corresponding main CNERC facility located at the Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing, the Hong Kong Branch has already delivered 12 innovative joint projects over the past years, covering BLE and NB-IoT, designs, intelligent power modules, microelectronic neural bridge, various types and elements of RF systems, as well as CMOS on-chip switch for electronic power supply systems. Projects in the current pipeline and future plans include advanced aspects of NB-IoT, BLE and other wireless systems, algorithm, RF module IPs, and 3rd generation semiconductors as well as power electronics packaging.

    Thriving on industry collaborations, the Branch has worked with leading industry players based in the Mainland, Hong Kong and overseas markets. These partnerships include (Mainland-based) Guangdong Rising Investment Group, CETC and Changhong; (Hong Kong-based), Marvel Digital, AppoTech, Robotics Robotics and Supergold; (international) Infineon, CEVA and INL.

    Presiding over the meeting, the Management Committee Chairman Mr Sunny Lee highlighted the strong and dynamic growth in IC enterprises in Nanjing. An obvious example is the recent commissioning of Taiwanese Semiconductor giant TSMC’s IC production facility in Nanjing. Mr Lee reinforced the need for “stronger collaboration between ASTRI’s CNERC Hong Kong Branch and its Nanjing counterpart in pursuing ground-breaking innovations that will bring in win-win outcomes for both Hong Kong and the Mainland.”

    Introducing the R&D direction of CNERC, Professor Shi Longxing – Director of CNERC for ASIC Systems and Professor Lu Shengli – Deputy Director of CNERC for ASIC Systems discussed ‘Wide-voltage near-threshold very low-power IC design technology’, ‘Software and hardware dual programming SoC design technology’ and ‘Intelligent power integration technology’. Professor Shi said that CENRC will strengthen its basic research.  As a market and entreprise-oriented R&D centre, the Hong Kong Branch operated by ASTRI can “meet market needs, while ramping up collaboration with the Southeast University and other higher education institutions”. He also suggested that “ASTRI could consider establishing an R&D facility in Nanjing, which can focus on areas like third generation semiconductors, artificial intelligence and Blockchain”.

    Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI’s Chief Executive Officer, referred to the three main aspects of IC industry –  manufacturing, design and packaging – and commented that “ASTRI will seek to contribute more in the areas of IC design and packaging.” He added that, “If Hong Kong can complement its strong financial and professional services sectors as well as world-class academic institutions with world-class innovation capabilities, there is a world of potential to unleash for the city”. Through the CNERC Branch, “ASTRI will continue to stay in touch with the market, working closely with local and overseas enterprises to groom talents, develop market-relevant technological tools, and pursue solutions that benefit IC-reliant industries”.

    Dr Davy Lo, the Branch’s Management Committee member and Member of ASTRI’s Board of Directors said, “the main centre in Nanjing and the Hong Kong Branch must make the most of each other’s strengths and unique advantages – focusing on not only R&D, but also on various innovative applications of IC.”  He added that “Long-term collaboration opportunities in the semiconductor industry, across the larger ecosystem, will be key to the Branch’s future success”.

    Dr Meikei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI said, “The CNERC Branch in ASTRI focuses on delivering cost-effective solutions for cutting-edge products and applications – enabling companies to offer the most sophisticated devices and interfaces to consumers.” He shared that since the new measures from the Central Government was announced, “our CNERC Hong Kong Branch has already received national-level funding approval for a new project; we expect more to come in the future pipeline.”

    ASTRI continues to leverage the seamless collaboration between the CNERC main facility and the Hong Kong Branch focusing on ASIC R&D. Through effective exchange of talents, technologies, insights and business development potential, the Branch seeks to contribute to strong growth in the national IC sector and play a role in Hong Kong’s ambitious I&T development endeavours. In the recent past, the Branch – along with other national-level R&D centres operating in Hong Kong – have received a major boost from the Central as well as Hong Kong SAR Governments. While the HKSAR Government is investing heavily in R&D talents, infrastructure and cross-border collaborations, the Central Government has made it significantly easier for Hong Kong-based researchers and R&D centres to access national-level resources including R&D funding. These measures represent the Central Government’s strong commitment to supporting Hong Kong in its mission to become a global innovation hub. The policy initiatives will bolster Innovation and Technology (I&T) collaboration between Hong Kong and the Mainland, and the important role Hong Kong plays in overall national development, particularly in sectors powered by technological innovation.

    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.

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    In the picture from left to right: Ms Jane Lee (3rd) – Secretary-General (Testing and Certification) of the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, Professor Lu Shengli (4th) – Deputy Director of CNERC for ASIC Systems, Dr Davy Lo (5th) – Board Director of ASTRI, Mr Hugh Chow (6th) – CEO of ASTRI, Mr Sunny Lee (7th) – Chairman of the Management Committee and Board Director of ASTRI, Professor Shi Longxing (8th) – Director of CNERC for ASIC Systems, Dr Archie Yeh (9th) – Board Director of ASTRI, Dr MeiKei Ieong (10th) – Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI, Mr Li Yiu-kei (11th) – Senior Director, Advanced Digital Systems of ASTRI, Mr Bill Zhang (12th) – Senior Director, Mixed Signal Systems IC of ASTRI, and Dr Daniel Shi (13th) – Senior Director, Electronics Components of ASTRI.

    ASTRI and HPE jointly demonstrate AI-enabled V2X Edge Traffic Management Solution at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), is showcasing its end-to-end Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Networking System with AI-enabled V2X Edge Traffic Management, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2018 in China.

    ASTRI’s end-to-end V2X Networking System features:

    • V2X in-car processing unit, which consists of gateway software and enhanced V2X (E-V2X) communications module to facilitate information exchange between vehicles and infrastructure, decision making alerts, and autonomous driving integration;
    • V2X Road Side Units (RSUs), which enables real-time traffic status monitoring, V2X alert notifications and traffic recommendation to road users;
    • AI-enabled V2X Edge Gateway (EGW) with AI algorithms at network edge for real-time road alerts and traffic management. The edge processing server is based on HPE Edgeline EL4000 Converged Edge Systems powered by Intel® Xeon® D Processors; and
    • Centralised V2X Cloud deployed in both regional and central data centres to support large scale vehicle management and traffic data analytics.

    The demonstration showcases how multiple V2X RSUs work through intelligent coordination  and policy provisioning, and how real time traffic data analytics is carried out in V2X EGW, powered by artificial intelligence. The system can quickly detect unexpected traffic situations like accidents and congestions, and promptly inform road users including suggestions of alternative route plan. The system is also able to detect imminent risks and threats, and issue real-time alert to vehicle drivers and other individual road users to avoid accidents.

    The demonstration will also showcase how the cost-effective edge processing servers, enabled by Intel and HPE technologies, can scale out a V2X system, forwarding and processing low-latency packets of data at high-throughput.

    The innovative design of ASTRI’s V2X Networking System will enable equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Tier-1 suppliers and autonomous vehicle (AV) vendors to develop and launch numerous V2X edge applications. It also helps operators, service providers and equipment vendors by rolling out scalable V2X on a commercial basis, and provisioning of 5G services for their customers. It enables city administrators and transport operators to implement real-time and intelligent traffic management, to ensure safer and more efficient traffic management.

    Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s Vice President for Next Generation Network, said: “As the largest applied R&D institution in Hong Kong, ASTRI dedicates significant resources in developing innovative  technological applications on 5G. We are pleased to collaborate with Intel and HPE to develop mobile core/edge and V2X technologies towards 5G. Once launched in the market, these technologies will bring significant benefits to the entire industry. We expect our long-term collaboration will bring more ground-breaking technologies to add strong, practical value in the 5G era.”

    ASTRI has been an Intel® Network Builders ecosystem partner since 2016. As part of that ecosystem, ASTRI and Intel published a Solution Brief and Whitepaper on NFV for small cell networks, and a Whitepaper for C-RAN. The demonstration takes places at ASTRI’s booth (N1. E60) at the MWC Shanghai 2018 taking place at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC) in China from 27 – 29 June 2018. Please visit the official website https://www.mwcshanghai.com/ for details of the event.

    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.

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    Ms Eunice Cheng            Tel: (852) 3406 2517               Email: [email protected]

     

     

    Rohde & Schwarz and ASTRI jointly demonstrate NB-IoT signal analyser and base station solutions at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Shanghai

  • Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) are showcasing the latest NB-IoT standard-compliant base station solutions at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Shanghai, China. The solutions use R&S FSW26 signal and spectrum analyser from Rohde & Schwarz for 3GPP NB-IoT standard-compliant BS downlink signals. The demonstration revealed ASTRI’s latest NB-IoT Base Station (BS) solution consisting of Sunnada NXP B4850 based Baseband Unit (BBU) and Network Radio Remote Unit (RRU).

    The R&S FSW26 together with its EUTRA/LTE NB-IoT Downlink Measurements software (R&S FSW-K106) successfully demodulated the 3GPP NB-IoT compliant signals, i.e. Narrowband Physical Downlink Shared Channel (NPDSCH), Narrowband Physical Downlink Control Channel (NPDCCH), Narrowband Physical Broadcast Control Channel (NPBCH), Narrowband Reference Signal (NRS), Narrowband Primary Synchronization Signal (NPSS) and Narrowband Secondary Synchronisation Signal (NSSS).

    ASTRI’s solution enables additional NB-IoT features on the existing NXP B4860 LTE-A BS platform, purely through software upgrade. The system supports both LTE-A and NB-IoT, simultaneously on the same BBU. That makes it possible to deploy new NB-IoT and LTE-A cellular networks in the most effective and cost-efficient manner. Furthermore, the software-based design is highly customisable – supporting special requirements on private networks, such as LTE 230MHz systems on China electrical networks.

    The demonstration is taking place at ASTRI’s booth (Hall N1 Stand N1.E60) in MWC 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai, China from 27 – 29 June 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.

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    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 June 30, 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.

    Enabling the 5G Ecosystem: ASTRI demonstrates the latest 5G and V2X technologies at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is collaborating with Fu Huake Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (a Subsidiary of Foxconn Industrial Internet Co. Ltd.), Fujian Sunnada Network Technology Co. Ltd., Rohde & Schwarz,  and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), to showcase a series of latest 5G, Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technologies at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2018.

    The demonstrations take place at ASTRI’s booth (N1.E60) in MWC Shanghai, taking place at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC) from 27 – 29 June 2018.

    Working alongside its industry partners, ASTRI will showcase the below technologies to facilitate the deployment of competitive services and innovative solutions across the Hong Kong, Great Bay Area and international markets.

    1. 8K + 5G video streaming on ASTRI 5G Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN)

    ASTRI’s Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) reference design enables the design of next generation base-stations that are highly flexible to support both 4G and 5G services. The demonstration features the latest 3GPP Release 15 5G C-RAN Baseband Unit (BBU), User Equipment (UE) emulator developed by ASTRI, and a 5G wideband Remote Radio Unit (RRU) developed by Fu Huake. ASTRI is also showcasing the 8K (7,680 × 4,320 pixels) ultra-high definition (UHD) wireless video delivery from 5G C-RAN Base Station to 5G UE emulator over the 100MHz channels at the carrier frequency of 3.5GHz.

    2. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Base Station

    NB-IoT is a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) radio technology standard that enables a wide range of devices and services to be connected using cellular telecommunications bands. The demonstration showcases ASTRI’s latest NB-IoT Base Station solution consisting of Sunnada NXP B4850-based Baseband Unit (BBU) and Network Radio Remote Unit (RRU). The R&S FSW26 signal analyser certified the 3GPP NB-IoT standard compliance of the demonstrated BS solutions.

    3. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) chip IP platform for terminals and sensor nodes

    As a pioneer in this sector, ASTRI has developed low power and highly cost-efficient NB-IoT chip IP platform for terminals and sensor nodes. The highly integrated platform consists of RF transceiver, digital baseband, as well as embedded power amplifier and power management units. 

    4. 5G Core and Edge

     The advent of 5G will proliferate the markets with an infinite number of smart city and smart manufacturing applications including smart mobility, smart living, Industrial IoT, and many more. 5G Core Network forms its critical part, with service-based architecture (SBA) and scalability to enable feature-rich new applications. ASTRI’s 5G Core Solution addresses:

    – Connectivity: Virtual 5G Core Network Software complying with 3GPP Release 15 standards, while delivering market leading core network throughput

    – Edge Computing: Enabling delay sensitive packets and data processing at edge cloud to support applications requiring low latency, such as connected vehicles

    – Automation: 5G Network Orchestrator to provision network services and applications with simple, graphical user interfaces

    5. Connected Vehicles Technologies

    ASTRI is at the forefront of enabling technologies for connected cars, having already conducted live demonstrations of V2X road safety application on the open road at Hong Kong Science Park. In collaboration with HPE, ASTRI is showcasing a V2X Networking System with AI-enabled traffic management, based on 5G Edge computing and V2X technologies. The system can intelligently determine road situations and warnings for smart mobility at network edge. ASTRI will also demonstrate the concept of 5G-enabled Autonomous Vehicles that leverage communications and edge computing capabilities and enhance road safety.

    Partnering with key industry players, ASTRI seeks to delivers innovative technologies and applications that improve the sector’s competitiveness and benefit all players. ASTRI continues to develop advanced 4G and 5G technologies to help its partners in driving commercialisation success.

    ASTRI has had a strong and fruitful relationship with GSMA – the organiser of MWC – registering successive participation in the global showcase event over the years. Visit the official website https://www.mwcshanghai.com for details of the event.

        

        

        

    ASTRI and Fu Huake demonstrate 5G + 8K UHD wireless video streaming with ASTRI’s 5G C-RAN base station at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), in partnership with Fu Huake Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Foxconn Industrial Internet Co. Ltd.), showcased the latest 5G + 8K video streaming demonstration at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China.

    The demonstration revealed the latest 3GPP Release 15 5G Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Base-Station (BS) and User Equipment (UE) emulator solution, connected to a 5G wideband Remote Radio Units (RRU) jointly developed by ASTRI and Fu Huake. The live demonstration accomplished 8K (7,680 × 4,320 pixels) ultra-high definition (UHD) wireless video delivery from 5G C-RAN BS to 5G UE emulator over the 100MHz, 4×4 MIMO wireless channels at the carrier frequency of 3.5GHz.

    8K UHD wireless video streaming over cellular network is a new use case for 5G enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). Each of the 5G eMBB wireless channels could support a 4×4 MIMO and 100MHz bandwidth configuration. Such high rate of cellular data transmission could enable many new wireless UHD visual applications, such as 8K UHD video broadcasting that delivers 16 times as high resolution as HD video broadcasting. In addition, by combining with 8K wireless headsets, it can deliver both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) user experience – enabling ‘virtual’ interactions with the ‘reality’ world.

    The 5GC-RAN reference design supports Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), running on general purpose Intel Xeon x86 microprocessors. The fronthaul interfaces are flexibly designed to support Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) or ethernet IP packet interface. This commercial-grade reference design has been verified over the 3GPP release 15 specifications. It supports different 5G usage scenarios such as enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications(URLLC).

    The demonstration took place at ATSRI’s booth (Hall N1 Stand E60) in MWC Shanghai 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai, China from 27 – 29 Jun2018.

    ASTRI Partners with Enea to Boost Performance of 5G Base Station Reference Design

  • Enea (Nasdaq Stockholm: ENEA), a global supplier of high performance network software platforms, and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), today announced that ASTRI has integrated Enea Fast Path, a high-performance user space IP stack, in its 5G base station reference design. Optimized for Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), the IP solution targets next generation ultra-dense networks (UDN).

    Extensive performance evaluations showed that Enea Fast Path outperformed alternative solutions. In the design, Enea Fast Path is a part of the 5G data plane used to terminate User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets on the Central Unit (CU). Customers building solutions based on ASTRI’s 5G technology will now benefit from the best-in-class performance provided by Enea Fast Path.

    ASTRI’s 5G Base Station reference design fully complies with the latest 3GPP release 15 for 5G New Radio (NR) standard. Based on x86 general purpose processor platform, it supports Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The design supports different numerologies of 5G traffic such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC). The reference design delivers commercial-grade quality, making it highly suitable for 5G indoor UDN deployment.

    Enea Fast Path is a cross-platform user space IP stack, optimized for telecom and networking applications running DPDK. It is not only compatible with the open source project Open Fast Path, but also adds significantly improved performance, combined with commercial-grade support and maintenance. Enea Fast Path scales throughput linearly with an increased number of cores, leveraging the power of multicore devices for extreme application performance.

    “We are pleased to partner with Enea to significantly enhance our latest 5G networking reference design,” said Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s Vice President for Next Generation Network. “As ASTRI strives to deliver robust solutions to its technology licensing industry partners, the collaboration will provide a boost to our endeavors. Enea has a proven expertise in providing carrier-grade solutions to leading telecommunication equipment suppliers, and the integration of Enea Fast Path to our 5G base station will optimize the overall system performance of solutions.”

    “ASTRI is a pioneer in developing crucial enabling technologies for public and private mobile 5G networks,” said Adrian Leufvén, SVP OS BU at Enea. “We are pleased to work together with them on a project that leverages Enea’s technology; it confirms our position as a leading provider of high performance software for 5G applications.”

    Further reading: www.enea.com/enea-fast-path

    ASTRI’s Chairman and CEO tell journalists how it plans to fully capitalise on a highly favourable climate for I&T development, and share glimpses of future plans

  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) revealed to a group of invited journalists today that it will continue to leverage “the strong support from the Hong Kong SAR Government, collective strengths of the other quangos in Hong Kong’s Innovation & Technology (I&T) ecosystem, and emerging opportunities arising from national policies and initiatives” to add greater value to the city’s technology sector and overall development. Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP – ASTRI’s Chairman and Mr Hugh Chow – ASTRI’s CEO hosted the journalists in the session to exchange opinions and insights, and update them on what the Institute has achieved over the past decade and what the journey ahead looks like.

    Mr Wong Ming-yam talked about ASTRI’s accomplishments over the past decade and touched upon issues related to socio-economic dynamics, Government policies and cross-border collaborations that are crucial for Hong Kong’s overall (I&T) development. Citing strong supporting measures from the HKSAR Government, as well as unique opportunities such as Greater Bay Area development and other national-international programmes, Mr Wong said, “Innovation can be one of the biggest catalysts for Hong Kong’s long-term growth and development. By leveraging support from the SAR and Central Governments and fully capitalising on Hong Kong’s existing strengths, we can make the most of Hong Kong’s strategic global advantages.” Mr Wong also said strong commitment to I&T development from the HKSAR Chief Executive, unprecedented allocation to I&T sector in the budget, policy initiatives to boost R&D and attract technology talents, and a series of supporting measures from the Central Government will help all the ecosystem players including ASTRI to accelerate their I&T development efforts. Mr Wong also shared about the first-ever Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre run by ASTRI focusing on Application Specific Integrated Circuits.

    Mr Hugh Chow discussed ASTRI’s efforts to leverage technology, talents, resources and market access to fulfil its organisational mission: to enhance Hong Kong’s global competitiveness through applied research. Referring to the HKSAR Government’s strong emphasis on FinTech, Smart City, Health Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, he said “ASTRI is currently pursuing many R&D projects in these areas, and there are more in the pipeline.” He summarised how ASTRI is, using the power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), helping organisations in public and private sectors alike: “To us, ICT also stands for Intelligent, Connected and Trusted. These are the three key goals that we mind in our endeavours.” Citing collaborations with ASTRI’s partners such as HKMA and the banking sector, the Insurance sector, industry bodies and chambers, local and non-local R&D institutions, other quangos like Hong Kong Science Park, Cyber Port and Hong Kong Productivity Council, as well as the academia, he said “We work together with the ecosystem to leverage on our respective spectrum of capabilities. At the end of the day, building an innovation-led economy for Hong Kong demands a collective, ecosystem approach.”

    The session was hosted at ASTRI’s Smart City Innovation Centre developed jointly with Hong Kong Science Park and the Innovation and Technology Commission. Dr MeiKei Ieong, ASTRI’s Chief Technology Officer, spoke about the recent International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva where ATSRI won 14 awards including three Gold awards with Congratulations from the Jury. Led by Dr Ieong, ASTRI’s R&D professionals demonstrated how it uses Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to develop FinTech, Smart Communities, Smart Manufacturing and Health Tech solutions. The journalists also learnt about ASTRI’s R&D work in 5G applications for Land, Air and Water; naked-eye 3D display; Palm-fusion biometric authentication, Blockchain for financial services and Cybersecurity.

    The journalists also took a glimpse of “L’Esprit des Lumiere” – an artwork collaboration project between ASTRI and the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong – that celebrates the power of technology and the imaginative potential of the human brain. Professor Richard Allen – the School’s Dean – accompanied by Professors Maurice Benayoun and Mr Tobias Klein who developed the project – spoke to the journalists about this creative media artwork.

    Since being established in 2000, ASTRI has been granted 750+ patents for its innovations, completed 400+ R&D projects, and transferred 600+ technologies to the industries. In the last three years, ASTRI conducted 125 ITF-funded R&D projects, and transferred some 185 technologies to its partners across industries. By focusing on FinTech, Smart City including 5G, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Health Technologies, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits, ASTRI will strengthen its R&D and commercialisation efforts over the next three years. Dedicating itself to adding value to Hong Kong’s growth and development through the power of technologies, ASTRI will tap into the unique opportunities for the technology sector, including Greater Bay Area Development, Reindustrialisation of Hong Kong and other national-international initiatives.

    Mr Wong Ming-yam talked about ASTRI’s accomplishments over the past decade and touched upon issues related to socio-economic dynamics, Government policies and cross-border collaborations that are crucial for Hong Kong’s overall (I&T) development.

     

    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