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

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    ASTRI announces appointment of new CEO

  • [Hong Kong, 10 January 2018] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today announced the appointment of Mr Chow Hin Poon, Hugh as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASTRI with effect from 15 January 2018.

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of the ASTRI Board, said that he and his Board members have every confidence that Mr Chow will lead ASTRI to pursue its public mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.

    “We are impressed with Mr Chow’s strong commercial and entrepreneurial background.  His strategic vision and broad perspective of the global technology trends would be valuable to ASTRI in strengthening its research and commercialisation capabilities,” Mr Wong said.

    Mr Chow grew up in Hong Kong and has pursued his career in Canada since 1993.  He has extensive global experience particularly in North America and in Greater China, in executive and engineering management, operation, R&D and financing covering private start-ups and public companies in the technology sector. He co-founded ViXS Systems Inc. in 2001 and served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Interim President and CEO.  In late 2016, he co-founded Pool Global Partners Inc. which is a venture capital investment firm specializing in artificial intelligence, big data, digital health, etc., and served as the Managing Partner.

    “We live in a very exciting time of innovation, and Hong Kong is uniquely positioned to have plenty to offer and much to benefit. With the full support of all the stakeholders, ASTRI continues to play a key role in enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness among the Greater Bay Area, regionally and globally,” Mr Chow said. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead ASTRI, to take part in the ecosystem, and to serve Hong Kong.”

    Mr Chow is an inventor for more than 10 US patents.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in the United States.

     

    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

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    ASTRI’s innovative R&D projects get recognised in ‘Hong Kong Awards for Industries 2017’ and ‘Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards 2017’

  • [Hong Kong, 19 Dec 2017] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has won two honours at the Hong Kong Awards for Industries (HKAI) 2017. The presentation ceremony, which Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, officiated, took place on 18 December 2017. A total of 67 projects – chosen from among 233 initial nominations – were honoured in the seven categories of HKAI 2017. ASTRI received the ‘Equipment and Machinery Design Award’ and the ‘Technological Achievement Certificate of Merit’, respectively for its ‘3D Vision System for Quality Inspection and Robot Guidance’ and ‘End-to-end LTE system for value-added and mission-critical communications’ projects.

    ASTRI also received two honours in the recently announced Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2017.  Held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 10 December 2017, the prestigious APICTA Awards recognised ASTRI’s ‘Communication-based Train Control (CBTC) System’ with the Top Award in the Communication category, and the ‘Smart Water IoT System’ with a Merit Award in the Industry Application category. At the event, Ir Allen Yeung Tak-bun, Hong Kong’s Government Chief Information Officer joined Bangladesh’s Finance Minister and State Minister for ICT, senior Government officials and ICT leaders from across the region. The APICTA Awards, one of the most prestigious international awards programmes in Asia Pacific, have been organised since 2001 by an alliance of 17 economies in Asia. Hong Kong was the biggest winner in this edition of the APICTA Awards with four main awards and five merit awards. The nine APICTA awards won by Hong Kong, which include two won by ASTRI, speak for the SAR’s collective endeavour to promote innovation and technology as a means of ensuring long term growth and prosperity.

    ASTRI’s winning projects in the HKAI 2017

    The ASTRI project winning the Equipment and Machinery Design Award uses 3D computer vision with custom-made optical projectors and a unique coded-phase-shift algorithm to deliver fast and extremely accurate 3D imaging of objects, even in the presence of shadows and reflections. With high-resolution imaging and modelling capability, the system offers effective and cost-optimised solutions for automated quality inspections and robotic guidance processes.

    ASTRI’s End-to-end LTE system for value-added and mission-critical communications, that received a Technological Achievement Certificate of Merit, delivers fast, reliable and low-latency communications to strengthen railway signalling, public protection, disaster relief and many other mission-critical communications.

    ASTRI’s winning projects in the APICTA Awards 2017

    ASTRI’s CBTC System won the Top Awards in the Communication category. It is a commercial-grade TD-LTE-based railway signalling system. It has already been deployed at the recently opened Wuhan Metro Line 6, making it the first subway signalling system in China using LTE technologies. The system significantly improves the safety, reliability and efficiency of mass transit rail operations. Compared to traditional Wi-Fi-based railway communication systems, ASTRI’s innovative CBTC system reduces signal interference and shortens the signal communication between trains and the control centre. It has a wide-range of applicability including in public safety, disaster relief and other value-added services.

    ASTRI’s Smart Water IoT System won a Merit Award in the Industry Application category. ASTRI’s Smart Water IoT System monitors water systems in real-time, facilitates data analysis, supports user enquiry, and allows timely access to water quality information. Designed to detect water leakage and improve overall usage efficiency, the System has been successfully deployed in four provinces in Mainland China, and is currently being trialled by Hong Kong’s Water Supplies Department.

    ASTRI remains committed to pursuing innovative R&D for Hong Kong and the region

    ASTRI strives to develop and commercialise leading-edge technological solutions for industries and the community. Commenting on the recognition from HKAI and APICTA, Dr MeiKei Ieong, ASTRI’s Chief Technology Officer, said, “By complementing our innovative R&D expertise with strong collaboration with the industry, ASTRI continues to attain many breakthroughs in developing intelligent technology solutions that make a difference to Hong Kong’s economy and its people. We remain steadfast in our commitment to pursue the most sophisticated next generation network and intelligent manufacturing technologies – contributing to Hong Kong’s smart city development and the economic progress of our region.”

     

    ASTRI’s winning R&D teams, led by Dr Justin Chuang and Dr C J Tsai at the HKAI Awards 2017 ceremony

    Dr C J Tsai receiving the Equipment and Machinery Design Award at HKAI 2017

    Dr Justin Chuang receiving the Technological Achievement Certificate of Merit at HKAI 2017

    ASTRI’s ‘Communication-based Train Control (CBTC) System’ won a Top Award at the APICTA Awards 2017

    ASTRI’s winning teams at APICTA Awards 2017 with the Government Chief Information Officer of the HKSARG

     

    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

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    Thomson Reuters Partners with ASTRI to Support the HKMA-ASTRI FinTech Innovation Hub Partnership by providing access to Eikon and APIs for ASTRI’s FinTech development projects

  • Hong Kong, 13 December, 2017 – Thomson Reuters is partnering with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) to help accelerate the development of FinTech innovation by bringing technology, tools and content to the Innovation Hub launched jointly by ASTRI and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

    ASTRI was established in 2000 by the Hong Kong government to enhance Hong Kong’s global competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.  The HKMA-ASTRI Innovation Hub was launched last year to facilitate the development and adoption of FinTech by the financial services industry.  Thomson Reuters will support innovative solutions being developed there by providing access to Eikon and Thomson Reuters Open Platform, its flagship products for financial markets professionals.  Hub users will be able to power the applications they develop with industry-leading content, news and alternate data sets via Thomson Reuters Open APIs.

    The new partnership comes as FinTech development in Hong Kong and across Asia continues to accelerate, with advances in data science, analytics tools and new content all being employed to improve customer experience.  Strengthening the FinTech ecosystem is a key priority in Hong Kong’s efforts to boost its overall competitiveness through innovation and technology and to enhance its status as a leading global financial hub.  Partnerships like this between Thomson Reuters and ASTRI are crucial to achieving such a goal.

    Sanjeev Chatrath, Managing Director, Region Head – Asia, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters, said, “Our new partnership with ASTRI demonstrates the strong commitment Thomson Reuters has to Hong Kong and the wider financial community, especially as Asia continues to invest in creating a dynamic FinTech industry.  By sharing Thomson Reuters Eikon and Open Platform with ASTRI, we’re leveraging our important role in nurturing the region’s financial ecosystem and help firms create value to serve customers better.”

    Commenting on this partnership, Dr MeiKei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer at ASTRI, said, “ASTRI works alongside the industry to drive cutting edge FinTech R&D.  ASTRI acknowledges the importance of data in developing disruptive yet market relevant FinTech applications and so we’d like to thank Thomson Reuters for generously granting Eikon and API access to the users of the HKMA-ASTRI Fintech Innovation Hub. The ability to use the latest market data, statistics and insights from Thomson Reuters will surely benefit Hong Kong’s banking sector, and complement the HKMA-ASTRI FinTech Innovation Hub’s strategic goals.”

    Thomson Reuters

    Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.

    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

     

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    Dr MeiKei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI (right) signs MOU with Mr Sanjeev Chatrath, Managing Director, Region Head – Asia, Financial & Risk of Thomson Reuters (left) for the two organisations to form partnership in enhancing the development of FinTech innovation in Hong Kong

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    ASTRI Hosts Industry and University Collaboration Forum 2017 Leveraging Hong Kong’s strengths in technology innovation and seizing opportunities in Greater Bay Area for reindustrialisation

  • [Hong Kong, 14 November 2017] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) hosted the “Industry and University Collaboration Forum (IUCF) 2017” today (14 November 2017) at the Hong Kong Science Park. The Forum attracted nearly 400 participants including influential industry and technology leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, academics, and government officials, who exchanged knowledge and insights on the latest development of innovation and technology. The Forum’s participants explored how to unleash Hong Kong’s full potential in innovation and technology, seize the opportunities in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area for reindustrialisation, and contribute to the country’s wider development vision.

    The theme for this year’s IUCF is “Connecting the Dots for Reindustrialisation: The Greater Bay Area Landscape”. More than 27 industry experts and leaders – from local and regional universities, research institutes and technology companies as well as senior government officials – delivered inspiring keynote speeches, deliberating how innovation and technologies can facilitate the next generation of industrial revolution in the Greater Bay Area. The discussion topics were aligned with the socio-economic priorities of Hong Kong; national programmes related to ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Made in China 2025’ and the ‘Greater Bay Area’; as well as international mega-plans like the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.

    In his opening remarks, Hon Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government said that Hong Kong must diversify its economy and develop high value-added industries in the face of global competition. “The Government will actively participate in the development of the Bay Area, so as to create favourable conditions for diversifying the economy, in particular for promoting innovation and technology development. Hong Kong and Shenzhen will join hands to develop an international innovation and technology hub in the Bay Area,” he added. A basket of measures will be put in place, including doubling the ratio of GDP on R&D from 0.73% to 1.5%, rendering support for R&D under the Innovation and Technology Fund, introducing “super deduction” to stimulate private sector R&D and launching a new $500 million “Technology Talent Scheme” for technology talent development. Under the scheme, local enterprises will be subsidised on a matching basis for training staff in advanced manufacturing technologies, especially those related to “Industry 4.0”.

    In his welcome remarks, Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP, Chairman of ASTRI said, “Intelligent Manufacturing is one of the five pillars in ASTRI’s R&D strategy. ASTRI develops a wide range of advanced solutions in areas like robotic vision, cyber-physical systems, integrated power module packaging and predictive analytics for big data. Our solutions are applied in various industries to enhance their productivity and competitiveness. As we partner with industry players in both Hong Kong and across the Greater Bay Area, developing and offering smart solutions for smart factories, we pledge to promote technology and innovation not just for our city, but also for the nation.”

    One of the forum’s keynote speakers, Prof Tsui Lap-chee, GBM, GBS, JP, Founding President of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, talked about the role of basic research in building an innovation and technology (I&T) ecosystem. Citing examples from all over the world, Professor Tsui reminded the audience that “Going at it all by ourselves is not an option for us”, particularly in sectors that thrive on innovation and technology. “Even Boeing, the world’s most sophisticated aircraft manufacturer, “regularly sends its professionals to other R&D labs and top engineering schools”, he said, reinforcing the need for seamless upstream-downstream integration in innovative R&D. Professor Tsui touched upon the role innovation and technology can play in the transformation journey of the Greater Bay area, and suggested that “Hong Kong must collaborate with partners across the Bay area and beyond, while investing heavily in both basic and applied research.”

    Ms Wu Ling, Director of Ministry of Science and Technology Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Programme Office; and Professor Li Ze-xiang, Professor of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, and Founder of Automation Technology Centre and Robotics Institute at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Chairman of the Board at DJI — the world’s largest drone producing company, also delivered keynote speeches in the Forum. Ms Wu Ling discussed the current status, trends and strategies in 3rd generation semiconductor development. She explained that “3rd generation semiconductors, a key material for facilitating industrial and infrastructural development, has significant relevance across different industries related to 5G mobile communications, electric vehicles, new energy, health technologies, and smart manufacturing.” In his keynote speech, Professor Li Ze-xiang talked about the relationship between innovation, entrepreneurship and re-industrialisation. He also discussed the evolution of smart technologies in the Bay Area which holds “tremendous potential for Hong Kong’s innovation ecosystem and its overall economy.”

    A number of other senior experts and eminent professionals focusing on intelligent manufacturing related technologies shared their insights and R&D experience on 3rd Generation Semiconductors, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) at the Forum. This is the ninth consecutive year since 2009 that ASTRI has hosted the IUCF, its annual signature event. IUCF provides a meaningful platform for the industry and academia to discuss the latest technological developments, and cultivate cross-sector or cross-border collaborations in technological R&D.

    “Re-industrialisation” has been a strategic development direction of many developed economies. While striving to upgrade the efficiency and productivity of their manufacturing industries, countries worldwide seek to integrate advanced technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), new materials and smart manufacturing processes. China, the global leader in manufacturing, has an ambitious plan to revamp its manufacturing sector. The plan rides on the concept of Industry 4.0: seeking innovation-driven development, applying smart technologies, upskilling its workforce, pursuing green development and redoubling the efforts to upgrade China from a manufacturer of big quantity to one of high quality. Southern China, is surely the most dynamic region in the country in terms of manufacturing. According to a 2016 iiMedia Research, the annual economic growth of in the Greater Bay Area has been 7.9 % annually, with Shenzhen registering a yearly growth of over 9%. In the next six years, the total size of the Bay Area economy is predicted to reach RMB$14.76 trillion. With that level of growth, the Southern China Greater Bay Area will surpass Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe – becoming the world’s leading bay area economic cluster.

    Enjoying a strategically important location next to the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong has had a legacy of successful manufacturing ventures. Manufacturing industry used to be an important economic pillar for the city. Leveraging its proven track record in industrial endeavours coupled with rich expertise, sound infrastructure and world-class institutions, Hong Kong should actively explore the development of smart manufacturing. The city can capitalise on the ‘Made in Hong Kong’ brand, and bring the economy of Hong Kong to a new height.

    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

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    For enquiries, please contact Ms Cherry Au (Tel: 3406 2993, email: [email protected])

     

    Officiating guests from right to left (1st row): Mr Jimmy Kwok, BBS, MH, JP, Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries; Ms Wu Ling, Director, Ministry of Science and Technology Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Programme Office; Ms Annie Choi, JP, Commissioner of Innovation and Technology; Hon Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government; Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP, Chairman of ASTRI; Professor Tsui Lap-chee, GBM, GBS, JP, Founding President of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong; and Hon Mr Charles Mok, JP, Legislative Councillor accompanied by ASTRI’s Board of Directors and other senior officials.

    Hon Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government said, “Hong Kong must diversify its economy and develop high value-added industries in the face of global competition.”

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP, Chairman of ASTRI said, “ASTRI pledges to promote technology and innovation not just for our city, but also for the nation.”

    Nearly 400 participants attended ASTRI’s Industry and University Collaboration Forum 2017 and visited the exhibition area to explore the latest development in smart manufacturing technologies.

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    ASTRI demonstrates its latest 4G/5G and Smart City technologies at PT EXPO China 2017 in Beijing

  • [Hong Kong, 27 Sep 2017] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is showcasing its latest 4G/5G and smart city technologies at the PT EXPO China 2017 in Beijing. ASTRI’s advanced solutions drive technological breakthroughs in 4.5G and 5G as well as a wide range of smart city applications. PT EXPO is a dynamic international platform for the information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem. It provides ideal services and networking opportunities in the aspects of policies, research and development, applications, market trends, and investment.

    ASTRI is showcasing the following technologies and solutions in this year’s PT EXPO:

    1. 3-in-1 SDN/NFV Core Network Turnkey Solution

    ASTRI is a pioneer in Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) especially in mobile core network. Leveraging its extensive experience in NFV architecture and performance tuning, ASTRI is introducing a 3-in-1 turnkey NFV solution to significantly reduce the time and complexity of integrating, deploying and optimising virtualised network solutions. The 3-in-1 solution consists of:

    a) FastCloud virtual platform: a flexible NFV platform which is easily deployed with high throughput and Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities;

    b) FastCloud orchestrator; and

    c) Virtualised core network and IPSec security gateway: providing 10Gbps IPSec throughput with minimal CPU cores.

    2. Centralised Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Reference Design for 4G and 5G Radio Access

    C-RAN is a centralised, cloud-based cellular network architecture which allows mobile network operators (MNOs) to improve service quality, reduce capital and operating expenditures. It also helps to minimise energy consumption. ASTRI’s Baseband Unit (BBU) pool design has a cost effective functional split to support wide coverage. The L3 and Packet Data Convergence Protocol (PDCP) are centralised with distributed Radio Remote Units (RRUs) for MAC and PHY processing. The architecture of the BBU pool design is very flexible. When extended for centralised MAC and PHY processing, it supports coordinated joint transmission and joint reception (JT/JR), with enhanced spatial efficiency. The design can be scaled to support 3GPP release 15 NR specifications including digital beamforming, beam management, flexible frame structure and subcarrier spacing for high data rate and better reliability, and in low latency applications.

    3. LTE Broadband Trunking Communication (B-TrunC) System for Mission Critical Communications

    LTE B-TrunC standard caters to the needs related to new and emerging services such as video, image and high-speed data transmission. The standard has been accepted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as an international Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) broadband trunking air interface standard. ASTRI’s end-to-end B-TrunC system supports real-time bi-directional data streaming and broadband trunking services on multiple trunking mobile terminals. Its key features include high voice/video group call capacity (>7.5 groups of voice calls per cell/MHz), low end-to-end latency (<200ms), dynamic regrouping, emergency call, and broadcasting message services. It also delivers high bandwidth and high reliability in private network applications.

    4. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Standardisation and Development

    As a pioneer in this area, ASTRI offers NB-IoT IP and reference design for user equipments including RF transceiver, integrated power amplifier, integrated power management unit, digital baseband and System-on-Chip (SoC). As part of the global 3GPP Release 13 and 14 standards, NB-IoT is optimised for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) applications, focusing on enhanced coverage, low cost, long battery life and massive deployment. It also facilitates the introduction of numerous new IoT devices and services.

    5. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions

    BLE versions 4.2 and 5 are key enablers of short range wireless IoT applications and wearable electronics. ASTRI’s BLE live demonstration collects and processes sensor data from its BLE 4.2 System-on-Chip (SoC), and sends feedback data to Android application users. BLE 5 doubles the speed, quadruples the range, and increases data broadcasting capacity by 800%. While ASTRI already holds the IP for BLE 5 RF transceiver, the baseband portion is currently under development.

    6. Automatic Meter Reading System (AMRS)

    ASTRI’s award-winning Automatic Meter Reading System employs LoRa and GPRS technologies to collect and process data from smart meters of water, electricity, gas, heat or other utilities. Using LoRa, it simultaneously measures more than 100 meter readings, and covers a distance of over 1500 meters, penetrating 15 to 18 building floors with a battery life of five years. Using GPRS, the Smart Data Collector feeds into the system server or mobile phone for data storage, monitoring, and analysis.

    7. Wireless Charging Platform

    ASTRI has been a forerunner to employ the latest third-generation semiconductor GaN FET devices in mid-to-long-range wireless charging systems of consumer electronics. Based on AirFuel standards, ASTRI’s wireless charging system adopts magnetic resonance technology. It has a built-in high frequency inverter circuit driver module compatible with dynamic impedance network, and a control algorithm measurement module. It works well with mid-to-long-range wireless charging (10~20cm). Among many benefits, it delivers higher power transmission efficiency (>80%), simultaneous multi-electronic devices charging (~8 devices), flexible ‘anywhere setting’, quick charging and low-cost applications. ASTRI has a comprehensive patent portfolio on wireless charging technologies, currently working with a few customers to further develop these. Capturing the industry’s attention, ASTRI has already delivered a wide range of smart home applications that received critical acclaim.

    8. Integrated Power Module Products

    ASTRI has robust R&D experience in developing mature high-end power modules. ASTRI‘s patents on 3D wirebond-less interconnect technology/module meet the new generation IGBT module requirements including ultra-high-power density and thermal dissipation. This technology/module uses 3D interconnect structure to substitute the traditional wirebond structure. It reduces around 96% of parasitic resistance, 72% of parasitic inductance and 43% turn-off loss. With its compatible SMT assembly technique, it can be rapidly adapted for mass production. ASTRI has developed 1/8 brick module for communication applications which has high conversion efficiency (~95%) and high power (240W). It has a high dissipation ratio – key device temperature remains 20% lower than the common industry products. In addition, the 1/4 brick module facilitates multiple design options (e.g. plastic shell, metal shell and full-mould), low-ripple (50mV), and high conversion efficiency (~95%).

    9. Visually Enhanced Ultra-HD Platform (HD-4K Conversion) for 4K TV

    ASTRI’s Visually Enhanced Ultra-HD Platform (VEUHD HD-4K Conversion) delivers true Ultra-HD visual experience from HD content on a 4KTV. Contrary to existing conversion options available in the market, ASTRI’s VEUHD HD-4K Conversion technology holistically analyses important display parameters of panels, content image characteristics and user preferences. It delivers superior sharpness and visual quality as well as an immersive viewing experience. It uses innovative techniques such as Human Visual System (HVS) preference model and optimisation, adaptive edge and detail enhancement, and dynamic colour and contrast enhancement. These technologies are available for FPGA and ASIC real-time solutions, both as software applications and as hardware core.

    Referring to the PT EXPO China event as “one of the largest and most influential ICT events in Asia”, Dr Meikei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI added that “ASTRI seeks to make significant contributions to technological advancement in the telecommunication and industrial sectors in this region. Our demonstrations in the PT EXPO presents superior and novel technological solutions we have developed and subsequently made available to the industry.”

    PT EXPO is hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and organised by China National Postal and Telecommunications Appliances Corporation. The demonstrations take place at ASTRI’s booth (Booth number 1020) at the PT EXPO China 2017 in Beijing, being held at the China National Convention Centre from 27 to 30 September 2017.

    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

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    For enquiries, please contact Ms Cherry Au (Tel: +852-3406-2993, email: [email protected])

     

     

    ASTRI marks breakthroughs in IC technologies through national level R&D in the last five years

  • [Hong Kong, 4 July 2017] The 8th Management Committee Meeting of the first ever Hong Kong Branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC) – set up at the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) premises – took place on 3 July 2017. The meeting, hosted in the Chinese city of Nanjing, was an opportunity to discuss the progress in R&D achievements, ITF project fund, industry income, patent, standardisation, future directions, technology roadmap and collaborations. It was chaired by Mr Sunny Lee, Chairman of the Management Committee; member of the ASTRTI Board of Directors; and Vice President (Administration) of the City University of Hong Kong.

    The CNERC branch was set up in 2012 dedicated to application specific integrated circuit (IC) systems. Over the 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), ultra-high-definition and 3D conversion video technologies, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions, power electronics modules, packaging and on-chip electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuits.

    The Branch is a significant contributor to the global 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) NB-IoT standard development, and promotes the overall NB-IoT ecosystem development. It has also worked with leading organisations like CEVA, Keysight, and Huawei. Its achievements  in video technologies include Deep Convolutional Neural Network (DCNN) image processing accelerator developed; ‘glass-free 3D image processing’ demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in partnership with Marvel Digital; Joint R&D Lab on ultra-high-definition television technology with the Chinese Academy of Broadcasting Science; and a partnership with AccoreSys to develop face recognition solutions based on artificial intelligence.

    ASTRI has received official recognition from China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance (CASA) and the IEEE International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (ITRW). R&D work in high-power electronic modules has seen strong collaboration between ASTRI and several companies such as CETC, CSSC, H3C, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, CRRC, CSG, Huawei, Infineon, ZTE, China Southern Airlines, BYD and CLP Group. Development of advanced wide bandgap semiconductors, fully moulded 3D integrated structure, world-class integrated power modules etc are among the key achievements in this field.

    A major milestone for ASTRI was the establishment of the Advanced Packaging Technologies Consortium (APTC) in 2006. Led by ASTRI, the Consortium has over 60 members from R&D and academic communities, as well as industrial sectors including foundries, packaging subcontractors, materials & equipment manufacturers, IDMs, design houses, and testing services. It promotes innovation and developments in packaging technology through participation in international forums, and spearheads the elevation of China’s packaging sectors to the most advanced global standards.

    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. The Branch plays its part in developing innovative technologies that benefit enterprises in Hong Kong, the Mainland, and beyond.”

    [Photo caption] Participants in the meeting included Mr Sunny Lee (4th from left), Chairman of the Management Committee; member of ASTRI Board of Directors; and Vice President (Administration) of the City University of Hong Kong; Professor Longxing Shi (3rd from left), Director of CNERC for ASIC System; Mr Vincent Tang (5th from right), Assistant Commissioner (Infrastructure and Quality Services) of the Innovation and Technology Commission; Dr Davy Lo (5th from left), Member of ASTRI Board of Directors; Mr Chuck Cheng (4th from right), CEO and President of AppoTech Ltd., Member of ASTRI Board of Directors; Mr Bill Zhang, Senior Director, Mixed Signal Systems IC of ASTRI; and Mr YK Li, Senior Director,  Advanced Digital Systems of ASTRI.

     

    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.

    In 2006, ASTRI was designated as the Hong Kong Research and Development Centre for Information and Communications Technologies by the Innovation and Technology Commission. In 2012, ASTRI was given an approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) under the Central Government’s State Council to establish the first Hong Kong Branch of Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC) for Application Specific Integrated Circuit System in collaboration with Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing.

    Please visit www.astri.org for more information about ASTRI.

     

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    Ms Cherry Au               Tel : (852) 3406 2993      Email : [email protected]

     

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    ICBC (Asia)-ASTRI FinTech Innovation Laboratory Promotes the Development of FinTech in Hong Kong

  • [Hong Kong , 28 June 2017]  Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited (“ICBC (Asia)”) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (“ASTRI”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and announced the launch of ICBC (Asia)-ASTRI FinTech Innovation Laboratory (“the Laboratory”), aiming to develop latest financial technology (“FinTech”) applications in banking business and promote the development of FinTech in Hong Kong.

     

    Mr Wang Chaoming, Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Information Officer of ICBC (Asia), said: “The establishment of the FinTech Innovation Laboratory with ASTRI is a significant step towards driving continuous innovation of ICBC (Asia). The research result will become an important basis of future success of our business, mobilizing the development of different areas including payment and clearing, lending and finance services, direct banking, wealth management and insurance, etc. Leveraging on the technological strength of our parent bank ICBC, ICBC (Asia) will continue to pursue innovation in FinTech areas, and proactively partner with different sectors, and groups, to enhance and support the sustainable development of FinTech ecosystem in Hong Kong as advocated by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.”

     

    “ASTRI is pleased to collaborate with ICBC (Asia), the overseas’ flagship banking wing of ICBC, the largest commercial bank in China. By establishing a joint-lab in Hong Kong, we will work together in a series of FinTech initiatives. Among which, AI-assisted Customer Service, Robo-advisor and the Multi-language Social Data Analytics Platform are brand-new ideas in the market. AI-assisted Customer Service will use chatbots to take inbound calls in both Chinese and English, to identify customers’ needs and provide them with relevant information and services. The Robo-advisor idea aims to provide investment advice to clients based on their investment portfolio and rebalance the portfolio from time to time to meet expected returns. The Multi-language Social Data Analytics Platform collects data from various digital media. It can read Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and English characters, and conducts big data analysis. These new capabilities will strengthen the local FinTech environment, and also add strong, practical value to the financial services industry. Once these technologies become available to the market, they will bring significant benefits to the entire sector,” said Dr Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI.

     

    The Laboratory carries out research and development with focus on blockchain technology, big data analytics, behavioral biometrics authentication, artificial intelligence customer service, artificial intelligence on Chinese characters recognition, internet finance and cyber security and so on. ICBC (Asia) and ASTRI shall together exert influence by making use of each financial and technological expertise, not only to promote the FinTech development of ICBC (Asia) for more innovative, high-end and convenient banking services to customers, but to facilitate the development and application of FinTech in Hong Kong.

     

    Witnessed by honored guests, Mr Jiang Yisheng (left), Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of ICBC (Asia) and Dr Frank Tong (right), Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI signed the Memorandum of Understanding and announced the launch of ICBC (Asia)-ASTRI FinTech Innovation Laboratory.

     

    (From left to right) Mr Wang Chaoming, ICBC (Asia) Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Information Officer; Mr Jiang Yisheng, ICBC (Asia) Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer; Mr Yi Huiman, ICBC Chairman; Mr Wong Ming-yam, SBS, JP, Chairman of ASTRI and Dr Frank Tong, CEO of ASTRI take photo together in the event.

     

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    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited (“ICBC (Asia)”) is a licensed bank incorporated in Hong Kong. It has 59 retail outlets (including 28 “Elite Club” Wealth Management Centres) and 3 commercial business centres in Hong Kong. It is engaged in commercial banking, investment banking and other financial services including securities, insurance and funds, with a focus on commercial and retail banking as well as financial market related businesses. The total assets of ICBC (Asia) amounted to HK$798.7 billion at the end of 2016. Chinese Mercantile Bank and ICBC (Asia) Investment Management Company Limited, two wholly-owned subsidiaries of ICBC (Asia), are specialized in RMB services in Mainland China and the investment management business with a focus on Asia respectively. ICBC (Asia) is the flagship for the overseas banking business of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (“ICBC”) – currently the largest commercial bank in China.

     

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited

    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, IC Design (Analog), IC Design (Digital), Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technology, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

     

    Media Enquiries:

     

    ICBC (Asia)

    Ms. Ivy Lee, Public Relations Manager

    Tel: (852) 3510 8386

    Email: [email protected]

     

    Ms. Christine Gu, Deputy Manager, Public Relations

    Tel: (852) 3510 8914

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    ASTRI

    Ms. Eunice Cheng, Director, Public Affairs

    Tel: (852) 3406 2517

    Email: [email protected]

     

    ASTRI demonstrates “leveraging value-added 4G platform to advance 5G” technologies at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

  • [Hong Kong, 28 Jun 2017] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is showcasing its latest next generation network technologies, that leverage value-added 4G platform to advance 5G, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2017 in China. ASTRI’s advanced solutions drive technological breakthroughs in 4.5G and 5G technologies, and significantly improve the coverage, capacity, efficiency, and reliability of telecommunications infrastructure. These technologies, including the following ones, facilitate the deployment of innovative ideas and solutions towards smart city development.

    1.SDN/NFV Core Network Turnkey Solution: virtual core network + SDN virtual platform + orchestrator

    ASTRI is a pioneer in network function virtualisation (NFV) especially on virtualised core network.  Leveraging its extensive experience in NFV architecture and performance tuning, ASTRI is introducing the 3-in-1 turnkey NFV solution to significantly reduce the time and complexity of integrating, deploying and optimising virtualised network solutions. The 3-in-1 solution consists of (1) FastCloud virtual platform: a NFV platform which is easy and flexible to deploy with high throughput and Software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities; (2) FastCloud orchestrator; and (3) virtualised core network and IPSec security gateway: providing 10Gbps IPSec throughput with minimal CPU cores.

     2.Advanced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Platform

    Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is a network architecture concept that enables cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the cellular network. Through the MEC platform, the end user can directly access to the data from the base stations without waiting for the response from remote server, thereby, network congestion can be reduced. On the other hand, the remote server does not need to respond to the user devices directly. The remote server manages a small volume of processed network data, therefore, reducing the traffic flow of the core network.

    This demonstration showcases ASTRI’s (1) advanced Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) acceleration technology and (2) transparent network-deployment mode function. The software based TCP acceleration at mobile edge enhances the throughput of TCP applications over high latency links (e.g. satellite link, terrestrial radio link, etc.) with improved service quality and user experience. The transparent network-deployment mode function is related to MEC deployments – making it completely transparent to the 3GPP Network, and removing the need for network reconfigurations while deploying an MEC into a live network.

    3.Application of MEC – Internet of Vehicles (IoV) for Road Safety

    The demonstration features a prototype of an IoV management system for road safety. Built on a virtualised MEC platform, the IoV management system enables low-latency monitoring, as well as emergency and early warning capabilities for vehicles near the network edge. Together with advanced IoV technologies, including Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X), LTE, MEC and next generation networks, several out-of-sight emergency cases can be detected, leading to warnings for brakes, blind intersections, ‘do-not-pass’, and vulnerable pedestrians. This smart city IoV platform makes it possible to rollout road safety and intelligent transportation systems throughout the city.

     4.Application of MEC – Virtual Reality (VR) Live Streaming

    This end-to-end VR video live streaming demonstration was done through an LTE transmission, using the overall system developed by ASTRI including LTE base station, mobile core network (EPC), MEC platform and VR video streaming process/head-mounted display. The VR video input signal is processed at the MEC platform and transmitted to a wireless head-mounted VR display. The MEC platform can offload data traffic and process at the network edge cloud, thereby, optimising traffic latency and improving user experience during the VR video live streaming.

    5.C-RAN reference design powering the 4G and 5G radio access

    ASTRI’s C-RAN reference enables the design of next generation base-stations with high flexibility to support both 4G and 5G. The demonstration shows a Baseband Unit (BBU) pool design with a cost effective functional split to support a large coverage, where the L3 and Packet Data Convergence Protocol (PDCP) are centralised with distributed Radio Remote Units (RRUs) for MAC and PHY processing. The architecture of BBU pool design is flexible enough to be extended for centralised MAC and PHY processing to support coordinated joint transmission and joint reception (JT/JR), with enhanced spatial efficiency. ASTRI’s BBU pool design can be scaled to support 3GPP release 15 NR specifications including digital beamforming, beam management, flexible frame structure and subcarrier spacing for high data rate, ultra-reliable and low latency applications.

    6.Broadband Trunking Communication (B-TrunC) System for Mission Critical Communications

    ASTRI’s commercial LTE base-station reference design complies with the Broadband Trunking Communication (B-TrunC) international standard. The demonstration illustrates an end-to-end B-TrunC system performance in real-time bi-directional data streaming and broadband trunking services on multiple trunking mobile terminals. The trunking management system manages its core network and the base-station based on ASTRI’s reference design. It also allows different trunking services for critical communications such as Voice/Video Group Call, Dynamic Regrouping, Emergency Call, and Broadcasting Message Service. Our reference design supports high group call capacity (> 7.5 groups of voice calls per cell/MHz), low end-to-end latency (< 200ms), flexible deployment bandwidth and high reliability for private networks.

    7.NB-IoT and BLE Technologies

    ASTRI is one of the pioneers in Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) standardisation and development. ASTRI’s NB-IoT IP and reference design are used in various equipments including RF transceiver, integrated power amplifier and switch, integrated power management unit, digital baseband and System-on-Chip (SoC). A part of the global 3GPP Release 13 standard, NB-IoT is optimised for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) applications, focusing on enhanced coverage, low cost, long battery life and massive deployment. It also allows numerous new IoT devices and services to be operational.

    ASTRI’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions – versions 4.2 and 5 – is a key enabler of short range wireless IoT applications and wearable electronics. The BLE demonstration collects and processes sensor data from ASTRI’s BLE 4.2 SoC, and feedbacks data to the user in Android application. BLE 5 quadruples the range, doubles the speed and increases data broadcasting capacity by 800%. BLE 5 RF transceiver IP is already available in ASTRI, and the baseband portion is under development right now.

    The demonstrations take place at ASTRI’s booth (W5.H38) at the MWC Shanghai 2017 in China, being held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC) from 28 June to 1 July 2017.

     

    ASTRI’s technology expert (right) introduces the prototype of an IoV management system for road safety to the visitor.

     

    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

     

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    Breakthrough demonstration of Cellular-V2X technology in Hong Kong

  • HONG KONG, June 26, 2017 – The Smart Mobility Consortium (SMC) has demonstrated for the first time in Hong Kong the use of Cellular-Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology for connected cars.

    Using C-V2X technology, cars may communicate with one another, pedestrians, and roadside infrastructure to enhance road safety and deliver a better driving experience. With the collective efforts of SMC members including Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), HKT and Huawei, the C-V2X live demo took place today at Hong Kong Science Park during the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Asia-Pacific Forum 2017.

    As a critical low-latency application towards 5G, the C-V2X technology enables vehicles to have a tactile exchange of information with other vehicles, pedestrians, and network infrastructure – bringing significant enhancements to driving assistance, traffic management and road safety for vehicles and pedestrians. The demonstration ran on HKT’s C-V2X trial network, with frequency bands 2.6GHz for Vehicle-To-Infrastructure (V2I) communications and 5.9GHz for Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) communications.

    Guests at the ITS Asia-Pacific Forum 2017 witnessed the demonstration on a regular vehicle fitted with C-V2X technology. It involved multiple scenarios of how connected vehicles can enhance road safety through:

    • V2V Do Not Pass Warning (DNPW) – DNPW warns the driver when a vehicle cannot safely cross to the opposite side of traffic to overtake another vehicle because of oncoming traffic.
    • V2P Vulnerable Road User (VRU) – In a non-line-of-sight situation, the vehicle can detect pedestrians’ presence in a ‘danger zone’ and alert the driver with ‘Pedestrian Crossing Warning’.
    • V2V Blind Spot Warning / Lane Change Warning – The host vehicle driver can be warned whenever another vehicle on the adjacent lane is in a blind spot of the host vehicle.
    • V2I Forward Collison (Emergency Stop) – Alerts can be sent to other vehicle drivers in the vicinity via a roadside unit in case the host vehicle has to make an emergency stop.
    • V2I Intersection Collision Warning – A warning will be issued when two vehicles are approaching the intersection point out of the V2V communications coverage or in a non-line-of-sight condition.

     

    Dr Frank Tong Fuk-kay, CEO of ASTRI, highlighted the Institute’s contributions to building a “connected car ecosystem for Hong Kong”, and said, “We pursue R&D in both software and hardware aspects including C-V2X network, management system, algorithm design, and related infrastructure.” Dr Tong added, “We seek to implement a comprehensive smart mobility system for Hong Kong, and to support the Government’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) strategy. As one of the largest Government-funded R&D institutions, we hope the experience and innovation from this project can also help other cities in this region, particularly in the South China Greater Bay Area.”

    Mr Alex Arena, Group Managing Director of HKT, said, “Three months ago, we shook hands and signed the MoU to establish the Smart Mobility Consortium. Today, we are working hand-in-hand to bring the first demonstration of C-V2X technology for pushing safe mobility in Hong Kong. The demonstration shows how C-V2X alerts drivers to dangers under different use cases on the road and emergency traffic conditions, which will make the roads safer and Hong Kong a better city to live in. Being the mobile network technology leader in Hong Kong, HKT will continue to push and realise C-V2X technology & applications, in support of the Government’s Smart City vision and strategy.”

    Mr Veni Shone, President of TDD Product Line and Acting President of Cellular V2X Solutions, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., said, “Together with our partners in the Smart Mobility Consortium, we have taken a big step forward by bringing you the first demonstration of the Cellular V2X technology. We aim to embrace the new technology to achieve safer, more efficient, comfortable, reliable, and eco-friendly transportation services that benefit riders and road users. With our long history of successful joint innovation, Huawei is very pleased to pioneer the Cellular V2X solution development to serve the needs of the future intelligent transport system.”

    A collective effort of three organisations, the SMC has successfully conducted this ground-breaking demonstration in Hong Kong. The SMC will continue to work alongside the Government, automobile industry, and other relevant industry stakeholders to push C-V2X commercialization. Upon successful completion and rollout, the project is expected to lead to further opportunities for related sectors including shipment, ridesharing, home-delivery, insurance, infotainment, and mobile healthcare, etc.

    The Smart Mobility Consortium (SMC) has demonstrated for the first time in Hong Kong the use of Cellular-Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology for connected cars

    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, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technology, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. Please visit www.astri.org for further information about us.

    About HKT

    HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

    HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

    HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go.

    For more information, please visit www.hkt.com.

    About Huawei

    Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. As a responsible and robust business player, innovative information society enabler, and cooperative industry contributor, Huawei is committed to building a Better Connected World. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end capabilities and strengths across carrier, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing domains. Huawei’s 180,000 employees worldwide create maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company that is fully owned by its employees. For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com.

    For more information, please contact:

    Eunice Cheng
    ASTRI
    Tel:     +852 34062517
    Email: [email protected]
    Stella Wong
    HKT
    Tel:     +852 2888 2253
    Email: [email protected]
    Fiona Cheuk
    Huawei
    Tel:     +852 2125 3509
    Email: [email protected]