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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gold Medal with the Congratulations of the Jury 

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

    2. Advanced safety design for rechargeable battery

    3. Non-invasive bloodless glucometer

    Gold Medal 

    4. Panoramic video processor

    5. Barcode-free retail scanner

    6. 3D high power electronic modules

    7. Narrowband internet of things

    8. Glass surface defects inspection system

    9. Automated processing platform for handwritten Chinese character recognition

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

    11. Smart data indexing system for mobile devices

    Silver Medal 

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    About ASTRI

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

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    ASTRI Board Appoints New Directors

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Chairman

    Mr Wong Ming-yam, BBS, JP

    Members

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

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

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

    (In alphabetical order according to surname)

    Official Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

    About ASTRI

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

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

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

    The key technologies demonstrated include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About ASTRI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About ASTRI

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

    About Rohde & Schwarz

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

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

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