Rev­o­lu­tion­ary ad­vances chang­ing your life

Shanghai Daily - - BUSINESS - TECH­NOL­OGY (Xin­hua)

MINI-PRO­GRAMS in Ten­cent’s WeChat, Baidu’s Apollo open-source au­to­matic driv­ing plat­form, US elec­tric car pi­o­neer Tesla and 360 Group’s cy­ber se­cu­rity are among 15 top tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments named at the World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in China yes­ter­day.

They were cho­sen from 400 en­tries from China and around the world, in­clud­ing the United States, Bri­tain, Ger­many, France, Rus­sia and Canada.

Other win­ners in­cluded the ful­ly­in­te­grated 5G NR Mil­lime­ter Wave and Sub-6 GHz RF Mod­ules — crit­i­cal to the next gen­er­a­tion 5G mo­bile ser­vice — from US chip gi­ant Qual­comm, the supET In­dus­trial In­ter­net Plat­form of Alibaba Cloud and tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port for smart homes from Mi­crosoft and Xiaomi.

The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee of 40 Chi­nese and for­eign ex­perts, co-chaired by Whit­field Diffie, win­ner of the 2015 Tur­ing Award from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­put­ing Ma­chin­ery, and Wu He­quan, from the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing, said the win­ners show­cased in­no­va­tive break­throughs in the mo­bile In­ter­net.

WeChat mini-pro­grams are small ap­pli­ca­tions that func­tion within the in­stant mes­sag­ing plat­form, free­ing users from the trou­ble of down­load­ing or in­stalling apps sep­a­rately.

Cur­rently, more than 1.5 mil­lion app de­vel­op­ers ex­tract the core func­tions of their prod­ucts and build them into mini pro­grams with­out de­vel­op­ing sep­a­rate pro­grams and ter­mi­nal adap­ta­tions for iOS and An­droid sys­tems, which “of­fers a Chi­nese so­lu­tion to the global prob­lem of cross-sys­tem app de­vel­op­ment,” Pony Ma, chair­man and CEO of Ten­cent, told the con­fer­ence.

An­other win­ner was As­cend 310, an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence pro­ces­sor de­vel­oped by Chi­nese tele­coms equip­ment gi­ant Huawei.

With the ca­pac­ity to process thou­sands of pic­tures in a se­cond, As­cend 310 can pro­vide tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port for driver­less ve­hi­cles and au­to­matic pro­duc­tion lines.

In Oc­to­ber, Huawei and Audi an­nounced a joint in­no­va­tion in L4 au­to­matic driv­ing, un­veil­ing the new Audi Q7 as a demon­stra­tion of this state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy.

L4 is high au­to­ma­tion on the scale of 0-5 and ap­plied to ve­hi­cles that can op­er­ate au­tonomously only un­der select con­di­tions.

The to­tal en­ergy con­sump­tion of the pro­ces­sor can be re­duced to about 200 watts, said Yan Lida, di­rec­tor and pres­i­dent of Huawei’s BG en­ter­prise.

Qual­comm’s fully-in­te­grated 5G NR Mil­lime­ter Wave and Sub-6 GHz RF Mod­ules for smart­phones and other mo­bile de­vices, a world first, al­low ter­mi­nal de­vice pro­duc­ers to of­fer at­trac­tive form fac­tors com­bined with the ben­e­fits of ex­tremely high speeds from mmWave 5G NR.

The mar­ket launch of such de­vices could be as early as the first half of 2019.

Mi­crosoft also pro­vides a se­cu­rity so­lu­tion, named “Azure Sphere,” for the In­ter­net of Things.

Mi­crosoft Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Harry Shum in­tro­duced a fu­tur­is­tic scene where users could re­ceive a mes­sage from their smart re­frig­er­a­tor, say­ing “Hello, your freezer com­pres­sor has bro­ken down.

“You’d bet­ter come home tonight, oth­er­wise the food in­side may go bad.”

“As tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing AI and IoT are spread­ing widely, the on­cea-fan­tasy ideas can be­come a re­al­ity one day. Nowa­days, tele­vi­sions, light bulbs and alarm clocks all can be con­trolled by the voice as­sis­tant on your phone or an AI loud­speaker,” said Lei Jun, founder, chair­man and CEO of the Xiaomi Cor­po­ra­tion.

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