UMEC and CityU Conduct Mutual Visits to Push Forward Bilateral Collaboration on Leading-edge Microelectronics Development

United Microelectronics Centre (Hong Kong) Limited (UMEC) and City University of Hong Kong (CityU) are joining hands to foster innovative microelectronics research and nurture tech talents. To formulate a better collaborative model, they conducted mutual visits to understand each other’s competencies and research directions.

Prof. Stella Pang, Head and Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) and Prof. Henry Chung, Associate Dean (Research), College of Engineering of CityU paid a visit to UMEC to explore the latest AI technologies. UMEC showcased revolutionary AI chips and systems which support low power edge AI applications. Complimented with the patented ultra-low power algorithms, the chip can wake up a device, and respond to voice and speech to perform specific functions with as low as 0.2mW power consumption. It can be applied to a wide range of edge AI devices, such as true wireless earbuds, smart speakers, smartphones and laptops, providing scalable, secure, efficient and cost-effective audio product development capabilities. UMEC is devoted to driving commercialisation of the novel AI technologies.

Leading by Mr. Ming Yam Wong, Chairman, Departmental Advisory Committee, EE Department of CityU and Prof. Stella Pang, UMEC’s delegation visited CityU to learn about their technological achievements. The State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves at CityU is the first engineering laboratory in Hong Kong that has received national recognition at this level. Prof. Chi Hou Chan, Chair Professor, EE Department of CityU introduced their next generation research projects on microstrip antennas. They have invented many state-of-the-art techniques such as L-probe patch antennas, vertical patch antennas and magneto-electric dipole antennas, which have shaped the global trends of antenna design. They also successfully employed inexpensive materials and manufacturing processes including 3D-printing, printed-circuit and plated-through-hole technologies to fabricate the antennas, which reduced the costs significantly. Afterwards, UMEC’s delegation visited the cleanrooms of the Centre for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology (CBNN). There is a high performance mask aligner that can perform high resolution printing down to 0.8µm and handle wafer up to 4” and substrates up to 4” X 4”. With the advance equipment, chip prototypes can be produced much faster and easier.

UMEC has been working with a number of global top-echelon universities on innovative AI and microelectronics research projects, covering analog computing, resistive random access memory (RRAM), optoelectronic resistive random access memory (ORRAM), etc. By developing tighter connection with CityU, it is expected greater synergy effects could be achieved to accelerate the advancement of microelectronics technologies. Moreover, UMEC is supportive to nurturing young talents. Apart from recruiting high potential fresh tech graduates, it also provides internship opportunities to students. The collaboration between UMEC and CityU will facilitate talent and knowledge exchange, as well as driving further local industry development.

Prof. Stella Pang and Prof. Henry Chung visited UMEC to explore advance edge AI technologies

Dr. Y. K. Li, VP of UMEC demonstrated the Smart Mirror that provides fashion recommendations based on the demographic data derived from the front camera image

Leading by Mr. Ming Yam Wong and Prof. Stella Pang, UMEC’s delegation visited the Nanofabrication Cleanroom of CityU

Prof. Chi Hou Chan introduced the pivotal 5G and 6G research conducted by the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves