New Directors appointed to ASTRI Board

  • [Hong Kong, 19 October 2018] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) today announced the appointment of five new Directors to its Board of Directors for a term of two years with effect from 21 October 2018. The new appointees are:

    • Mr Charles Chow Sai-keung
    South China & Hong Kong Assurance Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    • Mr Steve Chuang Tzu-hsiung
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ProVista Group

    • Professor Lam Tak-wah
    Head, Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong

    • Professor Sabrina Lin Man-yee
    Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    • Ms Ada Wong Yin-man
    Executive Director, Wong’s International Holdings Limited

    Also with effect from 21 October 2018, the following Directors will retire from the ASTRI Board:

    • Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong, BBS, JP
    • Mr Humphrey Choi Chor-ching, JP
    • Mr Tony Choi Siu-chow, JP
    • Mr Denis Tse Tik-yang
    • Mr Pindar Wong

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI Board of Directors, welcomed the new members to the Board and expressed his confidence that “their leadership and wisdom will greatly benefit ASTRI’s innovation endeavours and help steer the Institute to achieve higher level of accomplishment.” Mr Wong added that, “It is our privilege to welcome these five highly competent and well-respected professionals joining the ASTRI Board. With their knowledge and expertise, they can help ASTRI in its mission to serve the Hong Kong industry through innovation and technology.” He also expressed his heartfelt thanks to the five retiring Directors for their valuable contributions to ASTRI.

    With these changes, the composition of ASTRI Board of Directors with effect from 21 October 2018 will be as follows:

    Chairman

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, SBS, JP

    Members (In alphabetical order according to surname)

    Ms Cally Chan Shan-shan
    Mr Duncan Chiu
    Mr Charles Chow Sai-keung
    Mr Steve Chuang Tzu-hsiung
    Mr Ha Yung-kuen, BBS
    Mr Stephen Ho Wai-chung
    Mr Kwong Chi-keung, JP
    Ir Dr Alan Lam Hiu-fung
    Profr Lam Tak-wah
    Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, JP
    Prof Liew Soung-chang
    Prof Sabrina Lin Man-yee
    Mr Andy Liu An-ting
    Dr Davy Lo Kwok-wai
    Ms Hera Siu Kit-wan
    Ms Ada Wong Yin-man
    Dr Archie Yeh Tsuei-chi

    Official Members

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

    ASTRI demonstrates its latest technologies at PT EXPO China 2018 in Beijing

  • The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is showcasing its latest technologies that deliver ‘Intelligence’, ‘Connected’ and ‘Trusted’ solutions at the PT EXPO China 2018 in Beijing. At its exhibition booth no. 4-4355, ASTRI is displaying technologies that facilitate the deployment of competitive services and innovative solutions across Hong Kong, the Great Bay Area and international markets. Among the solutions being showcased at the Expo, some selected technologies are listed below.

    1. 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 Internet-of-Things (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 that require low latency, such as connected vehicles

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

    2. 5G C-RAN base station

    Utilising Centralised-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture, ASTRI’s 5G base station solutions are software-based and very flexible. It is highly customisable for different requirements and evolving 5G standards. At the Expo, ASTRI and HeBei FarEast Communication (HBFEC) are jointly demonstrating the latest 3GPP Release 15-compliant 5G C-RAN base station and user equipment emulator based on off-the-shelve computer servers. The solution avoids the development cost for dedicated hardware platforms and allows centralised radio networks management through cloud-based processing. The demonstration showcases live 8K (7,680 × 4,320 pixels) Ultra-high Definition (UHD) video streaming via wideband 5G wireless data links.

    3. Next Generation Broadband Trunking Communication (B-TrunC) base station for Critical Communications

    LTE B-TrunC systems provide the next generation trunking air interface for bandwidth-efficient high throughput point-to-multipoint communications. This allows high throughput broadcasting services, such as video surveillance, data sharing and group video calls. This demonstration showcased HeBei FarEast Communication’s (HBFEC) commercial B-TrunC base stations powered by ASTRI’s awarding winning B-TrunC technologies which won a Gold Medal in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018. The demonstration showcases live wideband trunking service including group video calls to reveal the B-TrunC capabilities and applications.

    4. 4G small cell technology for commercialisation

    Small cell base station technologies provide simple and cost-efficient indoor coverage for public and private networks deployment. Sunnada’s commercial LTE small cell powered by ASTRI’s LTE physical layer solution was ranked no. 1 in the China Mobile 2015 small cell tendering. ASTRI’s LTE base station solutions also support LTE macro cells and C-RAN feature with different hardware platforms. This demonstration showcases a series of LTE base stations products commercialised by Sunnada.

    5. AI-enabled Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) road safety and traffic management

    ASTRI is at the forefront of enabling technologies for connected cars. At the recent World IoT Expo 2018, ASTRI registered a great milestone with live demonstrations of C-V2X road safety applications on the open roads in Wuxi. ASTRI has a complete C-V2X networking system which addresses perspectives of ‘car’, ‘road’ and ‘network’ ─ enabling connected cars and ensuring better road safety. It also allows transport operators or City Governments to operate the roads and highways with enhanced traffic efficiency and safety considerations.

    PT EXPO is hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and organised by the China National Postal and Telecommunications Appliances Corporation. The Expo is being held at the China National Convention Centre from 26 to 29 September 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 competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

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    Ms Joey Chan             Tel: (852) 3406 2461              Email: [email protected]

    ASTRI is displaying technologies that facilitate the deployment of competitive services and innovative solutions across Hong Kong, the Great Bay Area and international markets.
    B-TrunC Demo

    Mr Wang Zhigang, national Minister for Science and Technology, visits ASTRI

  • [Hong Kong, 21 September 2018] Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China visited the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today to understand the latest developments in its R&D endeavours as well as progress of technology commercialisation. During the visit, Mr Wang said, “Hong Kong plays a special role in the overall Innovation and Technology (I&T) development of the country. The HKSAR has an enormous potential to unleash in I&T and ASTRI, as one of the city’s most importance R&D centres, can greatly benefit Hong Kong as well as the country by transferring the fruits of innovative R&D.”

    Mr Wang was particularly impressed with ASTRI’s Smart City and 5G development endeavours, as well as with the work of the CNERC Branch focusing on IC research. Located in ASTRI, the Branch was established in 2012 with approval from the Central Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), as the first CNERC branch outside of Mainland China. The CNERC branch aims to help advance the competitiveness of China’s integrated circuit industry by driving world-class applied R&D in this sector, and by grooming talents for the industry.

    He commended ASTRI’s role as a centre of excellence in driving technological innovation that is benefitting not just Hong Kong, but also the country. He pointed out the fact that an institution of ASTRI’s calibre can greatly contribute to driving innovation in science and technology, and add value to the economic and social development of the country, as the nation strives for stronger, more sustainable growth. Mr Wang emphasised that the Central Government remains fully committed to supporting Hong Kong’s I&T development as well as long-term growth and prosperity.

    Commenting on the important visit, ASTRI’s CEO Mr Hugh Chow said, “The current macro-economic environment requires that the Mainland and Hong Kong strongly collaborate for new avenues of innovation-led growth, in order to drive overall national development in the new era of global economic realities.”

    ASTRI’s Chairman Mr Wong Ming-yam commented that, “We are very grateful to have the honourable Minister visit us. His words of appreciation and recognition will tremendously encourage our innovation efforts. 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.”

    Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology (5th from right) of the People’s Republic of China, visited ASTRI on 21 September 2018.
    Mr Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, visited ASTRI on 21 September 2018.

    ASTRI and Huawei showcase results of joint technological endeavours through successful LTE-based V2X demonstrations in Wuxi, China

  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Huawei Technology Co. Ltd(Huawei) signed an agreement today to set up a joint Connected Vehicle (C-V2X) Research Group. The signing ceremony was held in WUXI, during the World Internet of Things Expo 2018.

    As recently as last week on 15 September 2018, ASTRI and Huawei jointly demonstrated a series of successful Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) test cases at the World Internet of Things Expo 2018. Sponsored by the Wuxi Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation, the Commission of Public Security, and the Jiangsu Provincial Government, the Expo took place in Wuxi, China ── the world’s first city-level C-V2X application demonstration site. The site spans around 170 km² and covers most area of Wuxi city. The project is also supported by the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology, China Mobile, and a number of manufacturers including Audi and FAW.

    The test was conducted near the Taihu Expo Centre in Taihu, Wuxi, on about six kilometres of open roads with six open crossings. 17 successful tests of typical application fields based on C-V2X were conducted, including forward collision warning, intersection collision warning, left turn auxiliary, vehicle blind area or lane change warning, road danger risk warning, speed limit warning, speed guidance based on signal lights, warning of congestion ahead, warning of pedestrian crossing in blind areas, and warning of on-ramp vehicles.

    ASTRI and Huawei demonstrated the V2X applications using Huawei’s world-first dual-mode C-V2X roadside device RSU, supported by ASTRI’s C-V2X software system and algorithms. Under the test case, vehicles and the infrastructure leveraged C-V2X Uu and PC5 Communications channel to broadcast vehicular movement and traffic status information to cars made by FAW and other manufacturers.

    Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI said, “ASTRI is committed to utilising the power of technology for overall Smart City development in Hong Kong and this region. We are honoured to be a part of this historic demonstration of C-V2X technologies in partnership with HUAWEI. As long-term strategic partners, we jointly work to build a connected vehicle ecosystem for Hongkong and the nation.” Mr Chow reiterated ASTRI’s resolve to “continue investing talent and resources to develop next generation telecom technologies and related applications with particular focus on smart mobility solutions that will not only support the Smart City development blueprint announced by the Hong Kong SAR Government, but also promote wider adoption across the Hong Kong – Macau – Guangdong Great Bay area.”

    Mr Veni Shone, President of LTE product line of HUAWEI technology limited and Cellular V2X solutions, said: “The launch of Wuxi C-V2X city-level project is by the efforts of transportation, telecom, vehicle and applications industry partners. As the most competent applied technologies research institute in Hong Kong, ASTRI makes great contribution in this project.

    Huawei and ASTRI has signed the collaboration MoU and formed a joint research team to co-develop C-V2X technology, promoting the emerging technology and applications for a more mature solution and more valuable services. Together, they will help build the commercial intelligent transportation system in the Hong Kong – Macau – Guangdong Greater Bay area. “

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

    ASTRI Media enquiries

    Ms Joey Chan         Tel: (852) 3406 2461                    Email: [email protected]

    About Huawei

    Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

    Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organisations of all shapes and sizes.

    For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:

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    ASTRI and Huawei Technology Co. Ltd signed an agreement to setup a joint Connected Vehicle Research Group during the World Internet of Things Expo 2018.
    Dr MeiKei Ieong (Left), CTO of ASTRI signed the MOU with Mr Veni Shone, President of LTE product line of HUAWEI Technology Ltd and Cellular V2X Solutions.
    Dr MeiKei Ieong (Left), CTO of ASTRI signed the MOU with Mr Veni Shone, President of LTE product line of HUAWEI Technology Ltd and Cellular V2X Solutions.
    C-V2X Demo by national broadcaster CCTV (source : CCTV channel 2)

    ASTRI took part in the compilation of China’s third-generation semiconductor power electronics roadmap

  • [30 August 2018, Hong Kong] China’s first “Third-generation Semiconductor Power Electronics Technology Roadmap” (the “Roadmap”) was released by China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance (CASA) on 31 July 2018.  The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was invited to assist in the Roadmap development process – by providing professional advice, communicating with relevant overseas institutions, and helping with the essential drafting and compilation work. ASTRI has been the only institution from Hong Kong involved in the Roadmap’s drafting and compilation process.

    The third-generation semiconductors are core materials for electronic components which facilitate innovative growth, development and transformation of many industries. It has long wielding impact on sectors ranging from mobile communications to Internet of Energy (IoE), new energy vehicles to railway, and even public security to national defence. Major world economies like the US, European Union and Japan strive hard to excel in this area. This Roadmap focuses on power electronics in four areas: substrate /epitaxy/device, packaging/module, application of silicon carbide (SiC) and application of gallium nitride (GaN).  It also sets out a recommended R&D direction for China’s power electronics as well as third-generation semiconductor sectors, while analysing the industry’s current and future development trends.

    Ms Wu Ling, Chairman of the Strategic Alliance on Innovation and Technology for the 3rd Generation of the Semiconductor Industry, and Director of the Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Programme Office at the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said, “This latest Roadmap focuses on power electronics with major implications for industries such as IoE, new energy vehicle and consumer electronics.” The Roadmap will help the Government to “better define a national R&D strategy focusing on core priorities, amplify the market’s future development potential, and facilitate effective collaboration between businesses, scholars and R&D centres.” It will also help enterprises to figure out the most optimal timing for initiating and launching new innovations.

    The drafting and compilation process of the Roadmap involved working together with local and overseas universities (e.g. Tsinghua University, Peking University, etc), R&D institutions (e.g. Institute of Semiconductors and Institute of Microelectronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences), leading enterprises (e.g. State Grid Corporation of China, CRRC Corporation), scholars and professionals for more than a year. Led by CASA, the process was supported by, among others, ASTRI. ASTRI has been the only institution from Hong Kong invited to take part in the formulation of the roadmap. It sent a team of six experts to assist in the drafting and compilation work with its Senior Director of Electronics Components Dr Daniel Shi appointed as one of the expert consultants for the Roadmap. Dr Shi also joined other experts and the CASA team in meetings on this topic in Europe and the US, conveying views of the Chinese semiconductor and electronics industry to international organisations on technologies and standards such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). These engagements and views formed the cornerstone of the first international roadmap for third-generation semiconductors soon to be released by the IEEE.

    Expressing ASTRI’s delight to be the only institution from Hong Kong participating in the drafting and compilation of the Roadmap, Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI said: “It is not only a recognition of ASTRI’s talents, technological capabilities and vision, but also a valuable opportunity for us to contribute to the development of the Chinese semiconductor industry. We hope the roadmap will help the industry of the Mainland as well as Hong Kong, to better understand the China’s strategy and pace on the development of third-generation semiconductors. There is a world of opportunities out there which our industry players can leverage and unleash.”

    About ASTRI

    Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Optoelectronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

    Media enquiries

    Ms Joey Chan           Tel: (852) 3406 2461              Email: [email protected]

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

    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.

    ASTRI Media enquiries:

    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.

    Media enquiries

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

    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.