Hua Hong Semiconductor Relies on “8-inch + 12-inch” Strategy to Accelerate Development in IGBT Market

HONG KONG, Jul 31, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited ("Hua Hong Semiconductor" or the "Company", stock code: 1347.HK), a global, leading specialty pure-play foundry, announced that it will fully cooperate with IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) product customers to shape the IGBT ecosystem. So far, the IGBT chips with market competitiveness manufactured by the Company have been rapidly introduced into the markets of new energy vehicles, wind power generation, white smart home appliances, etc., further enriching the IGBT product line and offering a new business growth opportunity to the Company.

IGBT is the core device of energy conversion and transmission, known as "CPU of Power Electronics Industry". As the concepts of Internet of Things (IoT) and low carbon are becoming increasingly popular, the demand for green energy and smart, variable frequency home appliances has become unstoppable and will continue to spur the rapid growth of IGBT market.

As the world's first 8-inch foundry to provide technology for volume production of Field Stop (FS) IGBT, Hua Hong Semiconductor has profound experience in IGBT manufacturing, and has already reached the world-leading level in terms of turn-on voltage drop, turn-off loss, work safety zone and reliability. The Company has the advanced full set of IGBT thin wafer BGBM (Backside Grinding / Backside Metallization) processing technology. Hua Hong Semiconductor offers a wide range of mass-produced IGBTs, with voltages ranging from 600V to 1,700V and currents ranging from 10A to 400A, and has expanded its product portfolio from consumer products to industrial/commercial uses, new energy vehicles, etc. In addition to efforts towards higher power density and lower power loss required for high-voltage power devices, the Company is developing intelligent IGBT technology with on-chip sensors and highly reliable IGBT technology with a new thermal dissipation feature to better serve the growing demand for IGBT products in the global market.

Executive Vice President of Hua Hong Semiconductor Mr. Fan Heng remarked, "Hua Hong Semiconductor has the first 12-inch foundry devoted to power discrete semiconductors in the Chinese mainland and relies on the "8-inch +12-inch" strategy to offer a wider range of differentiated technologies and more adequate capacity. In recent years, the Company has been aiming at medium- and high-end markets and emerging fields to fully develop IGBT business, and has continuously engaged first-class IGBT product companies at home and abroad to cover application fields such as industry, automotive electronics and white goods, so as to secure its leading position in IGBT foundry. As its IGBT technology R&D is progressing well at 12-inch production line, the Company is expected to provide more competitive IGBT foundry solutions for global customers in the future."

About Hua Hong Semiconductor
Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited ("Hua Hong Semiconductor", stock code: 1347.HK) (the "Company") is a global, leading pure-play foundry with specialty process platforms uniquely focused on embedded non-volatile memory ("eNVM"), power discrete, analog & power management, and logic & RF. Of special note is the Company's outstanding quality control system that satisfies the strict requirements of automotive chip manufacturing. The Company is part of the Huahong Group, an enterprise group whose main business is IC manufacturing, with advanced "8+12" production line technology.

The Company presently operates three 8-inch wafer fabrication facilities within the Huahong Group (HH Fab1, HH Fab2, and HH Fab3) in Jinqiao and Zhangjiang, Shanghai, with a total monthly 8-inch wafer capacity of approximately 180,000 wafers. The Company also operates a 12-inch wafer fabrication facility (HH Fab7) with the planned monthly capacity of forty thousand 12-inch wafers in Wuxi's National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Formal incorporation of and start of operations at HH Fab7 were achieved in 2019. In the Chinese mainland, it has become a leading 12-inch semiconductor production line devoted to specialty processes and is the first 12-inch foundry devoted to power discrete semiconductors.

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Furuya Metal Has Become the First Japanese Precious Metal Company to Establish a Joint Venture with Anglo Platinum Marketing Limited, a Major PGM Producer in South Africa

TOKYO, Jul 27, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Furuya Metal Co., Ltd. (Head office: Toshima-ku, Tokyo; President: Takahito Furuya) has established a new company named "Furuya Eco-Front Technology" on May 27 2020, which will handle environmental businesses that capitalize on low-temperature active catalysts (hereafter referred to as "FT-eco catalysts"), and that on July 1 it signed an agreement to form a joint venture with Anglo Platinum Marketing Limited (Head office: London, the United Kingdom, hereafter referred to as "APML"), a subsidiary of Anglo American Plc. APML, which appreciates Furuya Metal's environmental businesses, is providing 40% of the capital for the new joint venture. This is the first time a major mining company in South Africa where accounts for 70% of the global platinum production, has formed a joint venture with a Japanese precious metal company.

In 2017, Furuya Metal established a mass-production system for FT-eco catalysts that resolves volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to humans and cause allergies and offensive odors, as well as ethylene, which accelerates the decay of plants, and has been actively promoting these catalysts.

As urban areas have developed economically in China and Southeast Asian countries, as well as Japan, people are continuously flowing into these areas, which creates food safety issues and increases the need for reducing food waste and improving public hygiene. In order to reduce the food waste due to spoilage and to improve people's health by preventing odor, inhibiting molds, and taking the advantage of the antimicrobial effect, Furuya Metal has recently established a new company. Furuya Metal is aiming to consolidate its business resource related to FT-eco catalyst, expand its distribution channels further, including overseas markets, and promote technology development through a newly formed subsidiary.

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About FT-eco catalysts

FT-eco catalysts are catalysts in which nanoparticles of precious metals such as platinum are carried in a special ceramic carrier. These catalysts can efficiently resolves VOCs and ethylene within a temperature range between 0 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius (room temperature) and exhibit a high level of catalytic effect when simply placed within the target space. Furthermore, since they almost never need to be replaced, cost reduction and energy saving can be expected. Therefore, it is projected that these catalysts will be utilized by makers of home appliances, such as air cleaners and refrigerators, retails stores that need to maintain the freshness of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants, and in logistics applications such as cold chains.

FT-eco catalysts are next-generation, energy-saving, environment-friendly catalysts that, because they work at low temperatures, can be expected to reduce energy consumption, thereby reducing CO2 emissions, and that have the potential of contributing to food waste reduction by maintaining freshness.

Furuya Metal Group specializes in PGM with particularly excellent properties among precious metals, and develops and manufactures products for a wide range of fields, including electronics, optical glass, clean energy, precious metal resource reutilization, environment, and medicine. The company was selected as one of the Global Niche Top Companies Selection 100 by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in the program's first year (2014) and again in its second year (2020). We plans to continue capitalizing on its unique technologies to help resolve social issues.

Overview of the new company
– Company name: Furuya Eco-Front Technology Co., Ltd.
– Head office location: MSB-21 Minami Otsuka Bldg., 2-37-5 Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
– President: Hideki Kuwabara (Furuya Metal Co., Ltd. director), Wei Chen
– Established: May 27, 2020
– Capital: 250 million yen
– Capital ratio: Furuya Metal Co., Ltd. 60%; Anglo Platinum Marketing Ltd. 40%
– Business description: Development, manufacture, sales, and export of freshness-maintaining, mold-inhibiting, and antimicrobial environmental products that utilize low-temperature active catalysts

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[Overview of Furuya Metal Co., Ltd.]

Furuya Metal manufactures industrial-use precious metal products utilizing precious metals with high scarcity value included among platinum group metals (PGM) such as platinum (Pt), iridium (Ir) and ruthenium (Ru). Due to the extreme difficulty in processing these precious metals, the number of industrial-use precious metal manufacturers specializing in PGM is limited, even on a worldwide level. Industrial-use precious metals centered on PGM, can be considered as materials with a vital role in supporting advancements in the fields of electronics, optical glass, clean energy, environment and medicine because of their excellent characteristics such as heat resistance, chemical stability and good electrical conductivity.

The Company specializes in PGM possessing particularly excellent properties among precious metals, and manufactures and sells industrial-use precious metal products such as crucibles (heat-resistant containers), thin film materials, thermocouples (thermometers), and compounds, and is also engaged in recycling businesses, such as refining and recovering rare precious metals in order to most effectively utilize them.

Headquarters: MSB-21 Minami Otsuka Bldg., 2-37-5 Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Takahito Furuya, President
Founded: March 1951
Incorporated: August 22, 1968
Capital: 5,445 million yen
Listed exchange: JASDAQ Standard (Securities code: 7826)
Employees: 312 (as of June 30, 2019)
Sales: 21,163 million yen (as of June 30, 2019)
Business description: Manufacture and sales of industrial-use precious metal products such as iridium and platinum, and thermosensors. Sales of electronic materials and semiconductor-related products. Manufacture and sales of thin film components.

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Hua Hong Semiconductor Continues to Build a Superior eNVM Process Platform

HONG KONG, Jul 20, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited ("Hua Hong Semiconductor" or the "Company", stock code: 1347.HK), a global, leading specialty pure-play foundry, announced that its 95nm SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) process platform has further enhanced its technological advantages and greatly improved its reliability through continuous innovation and upgrading.

Hua Hong Semiconductor's 95nm SONOS eNVM process technology is widely used in Microcontroller Unit (MCU), Internet of Things (IoT) and other fields, and offers good stability, high reliability and low power consumption. Compared with the previous generation of technologies, the 95nm SONOS eNVM 5V process has achieved smaller design rules, smaller chip area of similar products; the chip gate density of the logic part has increased by 40%+ compared with existing similar processes in the industry, reaching the industry leading level; fewer mask layers are required, thence to provide a more cost-effective solution. Also, the 95nm SONOS eNVM 5V process offers higher integration and leading device performance, with advanced memory medium erase/program characteristics up to 2 milliseconds, 20% improved drive capability for low-power devices, and coverage of wide voltage applications ranging from 1.7V to 5.5V with only 5V devices.

Hua Hong Semiconductor continues to strive for better performance. Its 95nm SONOS eNVM adopts a new memory structure and optimizes the operating voltage, greatly increasing the threshold voltage window. Under the same test conditions, the erase/program capacity of SONOS IP reaches 10 million times, and the reliability is improved by 20 times; at 85 degree celsius , the data retention capacity can be up to 30 years, reaching the international leading level. Hua Hong Semiconductor is committed to continuously optimizing the process level to improve IP endurance and data retention, to better meet the market demand for ultra-high reliability products.

In addition, with the increasing popularity of highly reliable process platforms and derivative processes, the Company's eNVM based on the SONOS process can cover MTP (Multi-Time Programmable Memory) applications. By simplifying the design, optimizing the IP area and reducing the test time, in terms of IP area, test time and power consumption, with the erase and program capacity has a better performance than MTP. On this basis, additional optional devices are added to further meet the needs of power management and RF products.

Executive Vice President of Hua Hong Semiconductor Dr. Kong Weiran remarked, "eNVM technology has always been one of Hua Hong Semiconductor's key advantages, maintaining a leading position in the industry and providing a flexible and diverse technology platform for MCU customers. Under the guidance of the '8-inch + 12-inch' strategy, Hua Hong Semiconductor will further enhance the embedded flash memory technology on the 8-inch platform by developing a smaller memory cell IP size and lower mask-count; and we have also relied on the narrower linewidth capability of the 12-inch platform to build a high-performance eNVM technology platform and meet the needs of high-growth markets such as IoT, MCU and automotive electronics while consolidating its position as a leader in smart card chip manufacturing."

About Hua Hong Semiconductor
Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited ("Hua Hong Semiconductor", stock code: 1347.HK) ("the Company") is a global, leading pure-play foundry with specialty process platforms uniquely focused on embedded non-volatile memory ("eNVM"), power discrete, analog & power management, and logic & RF. Of special note is the Company's outstanding quality control system that satisfies the strict requirements of automotive chip manufacturing. The Company is part of the Huahong Group, an enterprise group whose main business is IC manufacturing, with advanced "8+12" production line technology.

The Company presently operates three 8-inch wafer fabrication facilities within the Huahong Group (HH Fab1, HH Fab2, and HH Fab3) in Jinqiao and Zhangjiang, Shanghai, with a total monthly 8-inch wafer capacity of approximately 180,000 wafers. The Company also operates a 12-inch wafer fabrication facility (HH Fab7) with the planned monthly capacity of forty thousand 12-inch wafers in Wuxi's National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Formal incorporation of and start of operations at HH Fab7 were achieved in 2019. In the Chinese mainland, it has become a leading 12-inch semiconductor production line devoted to specialty processes and is the first 12-inch foundry devoted to power discrete semiconductors.

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UNISOC 4G Watch Platform W307 Is Newly Upgraded

HONG KONG, Jul 15, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – UNISOC, the world's leading supplier of core chips for mobile communications and the Internet of Things, launched its new smartwatch platform UNISOC W307. Based on ultra-low-power architecture design, it adopts the high-precision positioning scheme and highly integrated 4G full-network, which will bring users a richer intelligent experience.

The W307 is made using TSMC's 28nm HPC+, with a chip integrated with CPU, memory, 4G multi-mode modem, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GNSS, and image system. W307 package area is smaller than the previous generation UNISOC 8521E, which brings more freedom for the design of terminal products. W307 significantly optimizes performance, connectivity, intelligence, and power consumption. Highlights of the platform include:

– High integration: W307 SoC adopts a single-core A53 processor, and the packaging area is reduced by 30% compared with the previous generation, which greatly saves the PCB layout area and can be used as a single-side ornament.

– Light system and low power consumption: W307 adopts RTOS lightweight system and has a smooth and responsive user experience. The overall power consumption is more than 30% lower than the previous generation, which can bring more lasting performance for smartwatches.

– HD video calling: The W307 adopts UNISOC's reliable, globally certified second-generation 4G LTE multi-mode modem. It supports LTE Cat-4, WCDMA, and GSM communication standards, providing 4G + Wi-Fi HD video calling.

– Sub-meter high precision positioning: Combined with the AI multiple positioning technologies and high-precision positioning SDK of UNISOC, W307 can support sub-meter high precision positioning, and provide a strong technical foundation for the electronic fence and other application scenarios. It meets the needs of parents to obtain accurate positions of children.

– Rich applications: W307 can be adapted to a variety of RTOS applications. It supports the nine-axis sensor and popular voice assistant, voice micro chat, pedometer, and other applications, which provides the rich and interesting interactive and entertainment experience for children.

As the demand for the watch market shifts from 2G to 4G and continues to grow rapidly, UNISOC takes a leading position in the field of 4G children's watches by its innovative advantages and has established long-term cooperation with the mainstream smartwatch brands in the industry. The release of platform UNISOC W307 further enriched the platform portfolio for smartwatches.

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UNISOC Completes Equity Restructuring, Promotes IPO Process

SHANGHAI, Jul 13, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – As announced on May 12, Chinese fabless semiconductor company UNISOC increased capital by CNY 5 billion (USD 715 million) to complete its equity restructuring. The IPO process is now on track for a 2021 listing on the SSE STAR Market, Shanghai's recent NASDAQ-style Science and Technology board, by the restructured company valued at CNY 55 billion (USD 7.86 billion).

Based on Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) announcements, UNISOC completed the relevant registration on June 8 including the formalities of a capital increase of CNY 4.2 billion (USD 600 million) to CNY 4.62 billion (USD 660 million) and the substantially altered equity structure. The listing entity will be UNISOC Communications (Shanghai) Technology Co., Ltd.

UNISOC shareholders have increased from 7 to 31, including 17 investment funds (limited partnerships) accounting for 70% of new shareholdings. Beijing Spreadtrum Investment remains the largest shareholder with 38.55% (57.14% pre-restructuring), followed by China National IC Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF or 'Big Fund') with 15.27%, and Intel (China) with 12.98%. Shanghai IC Industry Investment Fund and China National Fund II follow jointly in fourth, with each holding 4.09%.

"This equity reorganization is conducive to optimizing equity structure and enhancing financial strength," said UNISOC previously. "The capital increase will be used for R&D in advanced technologies for 5G, IoT, AI and other fields, which will further strengthen technological competitiveness, and promote UNISOC's stable long-term development."

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Let the robot swarms begin!

Scientists are looking for ways to make millions of molecule-sized robots swarm together so they can perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

Tsukuba, Japan, June 19, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Multi-disciplinary research has led to the innovative fabrication of molecule-sized robots. Scientists are now advancing their efforts to make these robots interact and work together in the millions, explains a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

“Molecular robots are expected to greatly contribute to the emergence of a new dimension in chemical synthesis, molecular manufacturing, and artificial intelligence,” writes Hokkaido University physical chemist Dr. Akira Kakugo and his colleagues in their review.

Rapid progress has been made in recent years to build these tiny machines, thanks to supramolecular chemists, chemical and biomolecular engineers, and nanotechnologies, among others, working closely together. But one area that still needs improvement is controlling the movements of swarms of molecular robots, so they can perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

Towards this end, researchers have made molecular robots with three key components: microtubules, single-stranded DNA, and a light-sensing chemical compound. The microtubules act as the molecular robot’s motor, converting chemical energy into mechanical work. The DNA strands act as the information processor due to its incredible ability to store data and perform multiple functions simultaneously. The chemical compound, azobenzene derivative, is able to sense light, acting as the molecular robot’s on/off switch.

Scientists have made huge moving ‘swarms’ of these molecular robots by utilizing DNA’s ability to transmit and receive information to coordinate interactions between individual robots. See the video below.

Scientists have devised a new method of using DNA to control molecular robots. Molecules swarm like a flock of birds, showing different patterns of movement when this method is applied. (Copyright: Hokkaido University)

Scientists have successfully controlled the shape of those swarms by tuning the length and rigidity of the microtubules. Relatively stiff robots swarm in uni-directional, linear bundles, while more flexible ones form rotating, ring-shaped swarms.

A continuing challenge, though, is making separate groups of robots swarm at the same time, but in different patterns. This is needed to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. One group of scientists achieved this by designing one DNA signal for rigid robots, sending them into a unidirectional bundle-shaped swarm, and another DNA signal for flexible robots, which simultaneously rotated together in a ring-shaped swarm.

Light-sensing azobenzene has also been used to turn swarms off and on. DNA translates information from azobenzene when it senses ultraviolet light, turning a swarm off. When the azobenzene senses visible light, the swarm is switched back to on state.

“Robot sizes have been scaled down from centimeters to nanometers, and the number of robots participating in a swarm has increased from 1,000 to millions,” write the researchers. Further optimization is still necessary, however, to improve the processing, storing and transmitting of information. Also, issues related to energy efficiency and reusability, in addition to improving the lifetime of molecular robots, still need to be addressed.

Further information

Akira Kakugo
Hokkaido University

About Science and Technology of Advanced Materials Journal

Open access journal STAM publishes outstanding research articles across all aspects of materials science, including functional and structural materials, theoretical analyses, and properties of materials.

Chikashi Nishimura
STAM Publishing Director
Image and caption:

A molecular robot, which is typically between 100 nanometers to 100 micrometers long, requires an actuator, processor and sensor to function properly. By fine-tuning their mutual interactions, millions of robots can move together in swarms that are much bigger in size than a single robot, offering several advantages. Scale bar: 20 μm. (Copyright: Akira Kakugo)

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Otsaw Launches World’s First UV-C LED Disinfection Autonomous Robot

SINGAPORE, Jun 16, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Local robotics manufacturer Otsaw Digital Pte. Ltd. ("Otsaw") is pleased to announce that it has launched the world's first UV-C LED Disinfection Autonomous Robot, named "O-RX". Underscoring Otsaw's strengths in the design and development of autonomous robotics and the integration of innovative UV-C LED technology, Otsaw has filed the relevant patents for this new innovation.

Key industry leaders in talks with CEO Mr Ling Ting Ming on ways OTSAW and the technological/robotics industry tackles COVID-19.
(L to R)
Kurt Wee (ASME President), Koh Choon Hui (Chairman, OTSAW), Ho Sing (CEO,
YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Ltd), and Ling Ting Ming (CEO, OTSAW).

From conceptualisation, design, materials procurement, prototype testing to certification, the development of the O-RX was successfully completed in a short 8 weeks. As a testament to its high safety standards and product quality, the O-RX has undergone the relevant safety and testing under various conditions and it has been certified by internationally-accredited TUV SUD.

Eliminating the use of mercury lamps that emits harmful UV-A and UV-B radiations, the O-RX utilises the UV-C LED technology that emits only UV-C light, which is extremely effective when it comes to killing microbes, including harmful bacteria and coronaviruses such as COVID-19. Hence, the UV-C LED technology is much safer and non-cancerous to human skin.

Integrated with the innovative UV-C LED technology, the O-RX has a disinfection rate of more than 99.999% with a range of 2.5 meters and the UV-C LED technology is also more energy efficient than conventional mercury lamps by 70%.

Capable to be deployed for 5 hours on one full charge, the O-RX is also equipped with a 360-degree camera and lidar sensors with self-driving, collision avoidance and artificial intelligence technologies. The O-RX can be controlled and managed remotely via a fleet management control platform that is developed by Otsaw.

To help remove heat generated by the LED, the robot uses a thermal management solution developed by researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*STAR) Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).

Otsaw will be collaborating with YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited, the manager of Starhill Global REIT, and will be running a trial of the O-RX at Wisma Atria commencing from 15 July 2020.

Otsaw's founder and CEO, Mr Ling Ting Ming, commented, "Disinfection is a key part of protecting the health and safety of communities and more than ever, we need to accelerate the rate of automating disinfection as COVID-19 outbreak increased the demand and frequencies of disinfection but at the same time, manpower resources have been curtailed.

"O-RX combines innovative LED technology and robotics to allow the disinfecting process to be fully autonomous, mobile and much safer, thereby achieving a higher disinfection efficiency as compared to conventional methods and reduce the dependence of human resources."

About OTSAW Digital Pte Ltd ("Otsaw")

Established in Singapore since 2015, OTSAW was founded to improve business processes, safety, and everyday lives. With a global team that spreads from Singapore to Silicon Valley, OTSAW builds robotics solutions for security, delivery, and mobility applications, implementing our self-driving and artificial intelligence technologies into OTSAW's cutting edge robotics. For additional information, please visit

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Transforming the SMART GRID with Fibocom 5G Modules

SHENZHEN, CHINA, Jun 3, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Fibocom (SHE: 300638), a leading provider of cellular embedded wireless module solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced in April that its two 5G supported IoT modules, FM150(W) and FG150(W), had completed the first successful data call using an end-to-end data transmission service under a Chinese Standalone (SA) Structured 5G network. Download speeds skyrocketed, exceeding more than 2.5Gpbs under the ENDC mode.

How do these 5G modules work so fast?

5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for cellular networks. Its objective is to support three generic services with vastly heterogeneous requirements: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communications (uRLLC). These capabilities make future scenarios more flexible, reliable, and secure when providing diverse services in the intended usage scenarios.

Both the Fibocom 5G modules FM150(W) and FG150(W) support 5G standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) network architectures, provide an integrated multi-network compatibility with 5G Sub 6 and millimeter-wave bands and work both with LTE and WCDMA standards. This gives customers an edge in harnessing the full power of 5G networks' faster data transmission, vast network capacity, and ultra-reliable low latency.

The applications of Fibocom's 5G smart modules bring efficient cost-effective advantages to a vast number of industries. In this paper, we will look at the application of these 5G modules in the utility industry, specifically in smart grids.

5G Network Slicing Meets the Needs of Smart Grid Effectively

The term "Grid" refers to an "Electric Grid" fundamentally describing the complete network which includes transmission lines, transformers, distribution substation and all accessories that are used for delivery of electricity from generation plants to home and commercial scale. These services require a flexible and orchestrated network, high reliability, and millisecond ultra-low latency for its diverse needs.

Smart grid systems have provided the possibility of enabling two-way communication between electricity consumers and the distributor, thereby allowing distributors to manage and effectively handle electricity distribution. One of the primary reason technologies like smart grids are in place is because of the capabilities of 5G Network Slicing. 5G accommodates the connectivity requirements of multiple end-points and delivers flexibility at a low cost.

In the era of 5G, heterogeneous services are allowed to coexist within the same network architecture utilizing network slicing. Network slicing allocates network computing, storage, and communication resources among the active services intending to guarantee their isolation and given performance levels. This strengthens the security, reliability, and control over the network by creating slices within the network.

5G IoT Modules Empowering Smart Grid Applications

Production and control scenarios include intelligent distributed power, distribution automation, precise load control, distributed power control, supervisory monitoring, and fault localization. These scenarios aim to address power distribution network requirements, including ultra-low latency (15ms), ultra-reliable communication (99.999% reliability), and high-security isolation.

Management and information scenarios include low-voltage power consumption information collection and smart grid video applications. Networks are required to meet 100 ms latency, 99.9999% reliability, and 4-100 Mbit/s bandwidth requirements, as well as thousands of connections per square kilometer.

Line Differential Protection

Future smart grids will look profoundly different from the power grids used today. The increased number of renewables, like solar panels, will increase the need for cost-efficient, reliable communication to ensure the correct operation of the grid. Using a 5G macro network in line differential protection can be handled with wireless ultra-reliable low latency communication. The protection service can be delivered on the same band handling Mobile Broadband traffic. Fibocom 5G modules embedded in the DTU can monitor the power line transmission status in real-time, anywhere, without using local wired deployment, thus lowering the costs of network deployments.

UAV Inspection

UAV inspection is an innovative and safe way for the assessment of transmission towers and power lines, eliminating human risk. UAV inspections are mainly for maintenance with drone cameras and robots to access dangerous areas. With 5G's high speed and network capacity, Fibocom's FM150(W) and FG150(W) enable data transmission of high-quality resolution (4K/8K) videos which require high bandwidth requirements of over 100Mbps. These devices transmit a crystal-clear view of the maintenance area, making it easier to identify problems in emergency repair scenarios, reducing labor costs, and grid downtime.

Advanced Metering

Automatic meter reading is adapted into smart meters, which leads to applications such as dynamic load management, time of day rates, and net metering to name a few. It has also fueled many behind-the-meter applications such as customer-owned renewables through advanced metering.

Power companies, consumers, and first responders will gain real-time wireless control with 5G-enabled AMI networks, and a variety of sensors monitoring variables including electricity quality, temperature, pressure, rate of consumption, and more. These sensors send readouts directly to utility companies, where data is analyzed and reformatted into diagnostics that help users better understand their averages and monthly use comparisons. This usage information benefits users to improve their energy efficiency and costs. With 5G speeds and access already reaching the consumer market on a limited basis, we will see better performance, faster power reconnection after outages, and more cost-effective measures across AMI-equipped homes and facilities.

5G low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity facilitates this need with a longer battery life of devices using 5G enabled modules and expanded geographic coverage for connected devices. Advanced metering will reach its intended potential with the full rollout of 5G with the ability to have multiple end-point connections with 99.9% reliability.

AI and Power Prediction

A smart grid can help utilities conserve energy, reduce costs and carbon emissions, increase reliability and transparency, and make processes more efficient. By combining the current generation of these smart grid cutting-edge technologies with AI, it is possible to automatically adapt to changing conditions so prevalent and modify the grid as needed to improve efficiency. AI will ensure that smart grids are more user friendly by analyzing grid data, scenario and routine learning, and take action without any form of human intervention. 5G will support AI's high bandwidth and low latency requirements to improve power prediction patterns, energy production, and forecast usage more efficiently. Fibocom's 5G modules will aid in the transmission of the data required for AI to be functional in real-time.


Network slicing can create a customized industry-specific network for the power industry to better meet the security, reliability, and flexibility needs of smart grid services. 5G slicing technology can give priority to ensuring high-priority power services, and when necessary, through flexible slicing resource allocation to meet the needs of emergency security services. Fibocom's FM150(W) and FG150(W) 5G modules will enable the next leap in smart grids, reducing labor, costs, fossil fuel usage, and saving time. Eventually, leading to a sustainable greener environment.

About Fibocom Wireless Inc.
Founded in 1999, Fibocom is the first wireless communication module and Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider listed in China (Stock Code: 300638). Headquartered in Shenzhen, with R&D center in both Shenzhen and Xi'an, Fibocom is located globally in North America, Europe, India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, serving customers over 100+ countries.

Fibocom's main product lines include 5G, LTE, SoC, NB-IoT/eMTC, HSPA+, and GSM/GPRS wireless modules, empowering customers from industries of consumer electronics, wireless payment, metering, security surveillance, and connected cars, etc. With Perfect Wireless Connection as our DNA, Fibocom is envisioned to improve smart life and make the all-connected world within reach. Visit

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Paice, Abell, and Daimler Agree to License Patented Technology

BALTIMORE, MD / ACCESSWIRE, May 29, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Paice and Daimler have reached an agreement to license patented hybrid technology.

Paice was an early leader in electrified vehicles. The company was awarded its first hybrid vehicle patent in 1994, long before most automakers began seriously focusing on ways to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Paice's technology proved valuable and helped accelerate the growth of the hybrid vehicle industry. An independent analysis concluded that Paice owns the most dominant hybrid vehicle patents in the world.

"We've reached several licensing agreements in the past two years without the need for litigation. These agreements make a lasting impact in our community by supporting the good works of the Abell Foundation," said Paice Executive Chairman Frances Keenan.

During the company's early years, Severinsky worked closely with two experienced automotive veterans: Bob Templin, a Paice board member who had served as chief engineer of Cadillac and technical director of GM's Research Laboratory; and Ted Louckes, a 40-year veteran of General Motors who served as Paice's Chief Operating Officer and was instrumental in developing Paice's hybrid technology alongside Dr. Severinsky.

About Paice (

Dr. Alex Severinsky, a Russian immigrant, founded Paice in 1992 with the support of the University of Maryland. The company has been awarded 30 U.S. and foreign patents. It has licensing agreements with many of the world's leading automakers.

About the Abell Foundation (

The Abell Foundation, a Baltimore-based charitable organization dedicated to fighting urban poverty and promoting social objectives by investing in progressive local start-ups, is a co-owner of the Paice patents. Since 1999, Abell has helped support Paice's efforts to develop and promote its hybrid technology.

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Virtual Electronics Launches VEnterface Services Platform

SINGAPORE, May 19, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Virtual Electronics PTE LTD, a Singapore-registered outsourcing software development company, has launched a new smart collaboration services platform, VEnterface. The platform aims to facilitate collaboration among innovative Singaporean and Australian entrepreneurs, and improve their decision making using data discovery and data leveraging.

VEnterface platform features include:

– Tools to estimate different innovative market entry variants (Algorithmic business)
– Higher visibility of collaborators on the platform (Matching service)
– Data-driven procedures to make well-weighted decisions on collaborations (Data-driven business)
– A platform-based community for cooperation and partnering (Opportunities of sharing economy)

Businesses in Singapore and Australia will benefit from its cutting-edge technology and expert IT solutions, backed by their main office in Singapore and development offices in Ukraine and Belarus. The company aims to leverage its prime location in Singapore while opening a new office in Adelaide, South Australia as an entry point to the Australian market and creating more partnership opportunities in the region.

The VEnterface online platform is an information tool designed to help modern entrepreneurs to explore new business opportunities enhancing local and international collaborating. The platform is specifically designed to increase the visibility of innovative products and services in markets leveraging knowledge management techniques. As the platform aims to help all Singapore-Australia market players grow business efficiently and cost-effectively, creating an extensive network of service providers collaborating on the platform is crucial.

The VEnterface platform leverages a Virtual Assistant to help entrepreneurs input data along their entry journey. Aggregated and categorized input data can highlight the real scope of collaboration opportunities. Working with the collaboration service, members of the platform-based community will utilise carefully curated output data. VEnterface creates value for all members of the platform, identifying areas of their initial interests and demonstrating the scope of opportunities.

The entry phase of a partnership is crucial because collaborations inevitably fail when encountering a lack of clearly defined expectations and responsibilities. The latter depends heavily upon their expertise, skills, and resources of both parties. For a successful collaboration to take place, both partners must make sure that they have the abilities and resources to handle the responsibilities they have agreed to deliver for the project. They must also be able to understand risks and weigh the pros and cons of various outcomes.

By applying algorithms of the VEnterface knowledge base in the entry phase, entrepreneurs can avoid the negative consequences of an unfruitful collaboration due to their lack of resources or competence. The four common types of collaborative partnerships are:

– Smart procurement
– Collaborative innovation projects
– Strategic innovation partnerships and joint ventures
– Smart direct investment

The VEnterface base of knowledge defines all partnership types by risks, necessary financial investments, and outcomes. The online platform is designed to be user-friendly and easy-to-use. Keeping this in mind, the company implemented its natural language interface to guide entrepreneurs through the whole process of presenting their products and services. To improve customer experience, VEenterface integrates its intelligent AI-enabled Virtual Assistant seamlessly with a knowledge base as a tool to support a personalized conversation.

In order to place a data-driven collaboration within reach, the company adds a set of social tools that allow for communication among possible partners and help share knowledge effectively to create new options for products, services, distribution, and delivery using collaboration services. "Collaborative innovation is the best way to succeed in modern business," said Dr. Victor Paul, Virtual Electronics. "Newcomers are more flexible in developing, testing, and launching new products, but suffer a lack of resources, competence, and market experience. Collaboration allows for consolidated financial and organizational resources."

The platform aims to create and promote innovative products and services employing cutting-edge technology including Google's NLP, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. In this way, the platform helps businesses to collaborate via optimal expansion paths, building competitive advantage for entrepreneurs in both Australia and Singapore. On top of this, the company provides mobile app development and software development services that are outsourced to development offices in Ukraine and Belarus. Due to their education in the field of exact sciences and programming, specialists from Eastern Europe are well-coveted.

Any client who works with Virtual Electronics is assured that the app will be developed from end to end, for 100% readiness. Client assistance is offered when faced with difficulties in independent project development in the future.

Dr. Victor Paul, Senior Representative of Virtual Electronics PTE, says "Nowadays, there are dozens of reasons why businesses are interested in outsourcing. From our experience, entrepreneurs are often motivated by their desire to save costs while engaging the services of a qualified specialist who does not have to be tied to the company on a permanent basis."

Virtual Electronics believes that any company that relies on growth and development should be as flexible and open as possible. This is especially true for the market of outsourcing services. The company started out in website development but realised a long overdue need for mobile app development services that will help businesses save time and money. Since 2019, Virtual Electronics has helped over 70 clients from industries spanning finance, retail, and tech.

The company hopes to further its interest in the creation and implementation of hosted products to further help clients achieve efficiency and results.

About Virtual Electronics PTE LTD

Founded in 2019, Virtual Electronics is a Singapore-registered company specialising in the development of support platforms and sub-contracted services. The company collaborates with tech business communities around the world in software product manufacturing and optomising clients' engineering efforts to make them more efficient. With a range of industry experience in financing, enterprise and management, Virtual Electronics aims to help clients achieve business excellence with the best tech strategies.

Dr. Victor Paul, Senior Representative of Virtual Electronics, is an expert, adviser and business facilitator in commercialisation and international technology transfer. Victor Paul has worked across a wide range of international organisations, including the World Bank and European Commission, corporations and start-ups, helping them to develop new projects, commercialise technologies, and raise capital. With a doctorate in Business Economics and PhD in Business Information Systems, he has more than 20 years' experience in economic and business development, facilitating investment and future business opportunity for both investors and project founders, and applying technology to develop efficient systems for feasibility studies, due diligence, IP and PM. Understanding social responsibility, he creates online platforms for community projects with a focus on lifestyle, well-being and prevention of illness and ageing.

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