They include an LTE-Advanced MIMO test carried out by world-leading manufacturer in wireless communications Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) and live demos of a family cloud solution Airpea by a US based company iPPea Ltd at the Mobile World Congress, a show which attracted the attendance of more than 72,000 technologists and industrialists from 200 countries.
The LTE-Advanced uplink MIMO test on ASTRI developed LTE-Advanced Small Cell using R&S SMU equipment was successfully completed during the congress. This was the industry’s first small cell reference design demonstrating the LTE-Advanced UL-MIMO technology. Results of the test have shown that LTE-Advanced small cell developed by ASTRI conforms to the standard requirements. While the efficient testing and generation of LTE MIMO signals is crucial for makers of wireless communications infrastructure equipment such as base stations and small cells, ASTRI has once again demonstrated its competencies in developing LTE related technologies and the significance of its contribution in accelerating the deployment of LTE-Advanced (4G mobile).
Equally eye-catching were the live demos carried out by iPPea Ltd on the newly-debuted AirPea Family Cloud in several booths at the show. The product has integrated the Smart CE Operating System developed by ASTRI. It enables users to transform a smart phone or tablet into a remote control for sharing music, video and other infotainment contents with family members on a large TV screen. AirPea has materialized the concept of Connected Home. It can also be used for applications in school and enterprise to facilitate interaction within a group. AirPea is expected to be launched in market in the second quarter of 2013.
ASTRI’s CEO Dr Cheung Nim-kwan said, “We are proud indeed to see our home-grown technologies being adopted by market leaders in the global arena. This has also demonstrated well Hong Kong’s competitiveness in terms of people and capabilities for developing world-class and leading-edge technologies. As a local research institute, ASTRI will continue leveraging our strengths and delivering innovative technologies that are applicable, market-viable and beneficial to the growth of the industry.”
Mobile World Congress is a premier mobile industry event held annually in Barcelona, Spain. It is the world’s largest mobile exhibition as well as conference featuring technologies at the forefront and prominent figures in the mobile industry. ASTRI’s LTE technologies have been showcased in this mega show every year since 2009, including the demonstration of the world’s first TD-LTE femtocell prototype in 2009 and the industry’s first commercial-grade TD-LTE small cell reference design in 2012.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the HKSAR Government in 2000 with the mission to enhance technological competitiveness of Hong Kong through applied research.
In 2006, ASTRI was designated the Hong Kong Research and Development Centre for Information and Communications Technologies by the Innovation and Technology Commission. Its R&D efforts traverse five major areas: Communications Technologies, Enterprise & Consumer Electronics, IC Design, Material & Packaging Technologies and Bio-medical Electronics. An Exploratory Research Laboratory was also established to perform research on emerging and interdisciplinary technologies.
Since inception, ASTRI has produced many world-class technologies. It has also nurtured teams of excellent researchers, produced a volume of intellectual properties and created real economic impact by transferring technologies to its clients in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the region.