Internet of Everything: HiBricks

The trends:

1. Internet of Everything:

– Devices are all connected through internet that customer can easily access to and control at any time, and anywhere. (expertise everywhere, connectedness)

– Machine to machine communication (M2M), machine to human communication (M2H): bring the unbelievable convenience and comfortable to the human, which have never had before.

– Data pushes to cloud. The big data is the valuable data to analyze the customer habits, energy saving, give an advice… for the human (big judgment) (will be discussed in the next phase or next project).

2. Customization and flexibility

The progression

From the beginning: PC/laptop is assembled in factory and delivered to customer in full package with default hardware configuration.

Recently: Customer can choose different spare parts and build their own configuration to their PC/laptop. Assembly process can be done by supplier or themselves to have a specific hardware configuration.

3. Customers can build their own system even they are not an engineer or an expert in electronic or software/firmware fields. Customers can still design their final product with all features they had wished without professional knowledge in the area:

Hardware: What is inside the box is not important! Customers can build a system with set function or feature they ever wanted.

Software/firmware: Bringing a solution for normal customers who do not have knowledge in programming or software. Customers can use human language to communicate with machine, and build their own program for their equipment!

The progression: Only an expert can make the product => Engineer => Hobbies who have knowledge in electrical design à ANYONE without knowledge on electrical (This project will bring Human closer to expert on electrical. A new way to approach technology, which matches the recent trends)

 

Internet of Everything:

“Internet of Everything (IoE) — a network of networks where billions of connections create unprecedented opportunities as well as new risks.

Cisco believes IoE brings together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before — turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.” (From Cisco)

The IoE is connecting the unconnected:

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IoE: Networked Connection of People, Process, Data, Things

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Internet Growth is Occurring in Waves:

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Firms in Developed countries are currently realizing the most IoE value:

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IoE: How it Delivers value and How much is at Stake?

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Top 4 Industries Make up more than half of value of Stake

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Note: Above pictures are from Cisco

Refer below link for further information about IoE and its market value: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac79/innov/IoE.html#~tab~IoEValue,~tab,acc~resource-center

Recently many well-known companies and/or organizations having interested in and researching on this IoE such as Cisco, ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Freescale Semicondutors, Texas Instruments… Every one realized IoE era is coming up. In addition, startup companies are focusing on such research, and big investments are spending on developing IoE products. (Please refer http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-investment)

With the great affect on all service sector, applications, locations devices and people, IoE definitely a potential field for your investment.

Xilinx

Meeting with AvNET/Xilinx

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is an American technology company, primarily a supplier of programmable logic devices. It is known for inventing the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and as the first semiconductor company with a fabless manufacturing model.) (from wiki)

Start working with Xilinx by using Zynq™-7020, the device combines the software programmability of a Processor (dual core ARM Cortex A9) with the hardware programmability of an FPGA. Using it in the ‘Optical switch for communication’ project and also for video processing in vision sensor.

Chance to work with latest technology is always exciting and interesting…

Academic Research Support Center

Academic Research Support Center (ARSC) was established in December 1, 2011, located in Hochiminh city, Vietnam. ARSC is the department of Nhatrang Hi-tech company, Ltd., our aims are:
-To assist Researchers in the design and development of support services required for research projects.
-To assist/consult high-level technical knowledge/skills development in order to provide solutions suitable for latest research.
-To train personnel fostering talents for science and technology, raise the scientific and technological capacity so as to master advanced and high technologies as well as absorb the world’s scientific and technological achievements in order to create and fruitfully apply new technologies; create new products with high competitiveness; develop Vietnam’s science and technology to the advanced level in the region and approach the world’s level, which shall serve as a firm basis for the development of modern industries; and boost the popularization and application of scientific and technological achievements to production and life.

Areas of operation:

– Scientific research, technological research and development, experimental development and trial production the products/projects which are related to electrical and electronic, information and communication technology (i.e. Electronics, Power electronics, RF, Embedded system, Robotics, Software, Website, Phone Application…)
– Scientific and technological services are related to technology transfer, services on consultancy, personnel training and fostering, popularization and application of scientific and technological knowledge as well as practical experiences.

Expert Advisory Council

1. Adjunct Prof. Dr. Kamal Alameh
2. Adjunct Dr. Nguyen Hoang Nghia
3. Dr. Phung Quoc Viet
4. Dr. Phung Son Lam

The center is cooperating with the Electron Science Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Australia. We are now contacting with some more universities and institutes in Australia to expand the operation.

About Nhatrang Hi-tech company, Ltd.

Founded June 2011
Location Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam

Hochiminh city, Vietnam (Branch)

Description Nhatrang Hi-tech company (NHTC) is the private company working in the electronic and ICT industry. We are the design house and manufacturer, focus on the gadgets for smart-homes, smart-cars and smart-displays
Products NHTC focus on the gadgets for smart-homes, smart-cars and smart-displays
Slogan Hi-tech is for serving human life
Email info@nhtc.com.vn
Phone +84-58-3601-379
Website http://nhtc.com.vn

[NHTC News – Dec 2011]

The robot contest at Cao Thang Technical College

Robot contest at Cao Thang Technical College

While Hochiminh city University of Technology (HCMUT) is the leading technical university in South Vietnam,  Cao Thang Technical College is the leading technical college, where supplies many quality workers for the labor market in South Vietnam.

Upgraded from the Technical school, Cao Thang  Technical college continues trying to make an interesting study environment for the pupils and students.

One among them, the department of electronic and electromechanic  are organizing the Line Follower Robot contest, that is simpler than yearly ABU Robot Contest, but it’s an encouraged effort, be suitable with the 3 years student.

The good beginning in an interesting playground brings up the passion, technical guys!

Let’s hope for the success of the contest!

Renesas Vietnam

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) is a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of semiconductor systems for mobile phones and automotive applications. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of microcontrollers and the second largest manufacturer of application processors. Renesas is also known for LCD drivers, RF ICs, mixed-signal integrated circuits and system-on-a-chip semiconductors.

Knowing Renesas Vietnam (RVC) management team in the HCMUS – RENESAS Micom Car Rally 2007 (MCR2007) when I was still a Consultant for the ROBOTVIET club.
Talking with Mr. Hara (President and CEO) was the good chance to know the working style of RVC, and also his plan to open the MCR in other universities.
I infact have no connection with him and RVC after that contest, however, I believe that we can co-operate in the future project, when having chance. I was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the RVC top management.

ELAN Microelectronics

ELAN Microelectronics Corporation is an IC designer and provider of 8-bit microcontrollers and PC Peripheral ICs. Situated at the Hsinchu Science Park, the Silicon Valley of Taiwan  (http://www.emc.com.tw)


Just knew ELAN from last year, but already worked with them on some projects and still working on some interesting things for now…
ELAN chip looks suitable for the simple application as toys, gifts, or household appliance….
There’s a long way to go ahead, for the cooperation with ELAN.
PS: The picture taken with Mr. Frankie, Sales Manager of ELAN HK

Atmel

Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) is a manufacturer of semiconductors, founded in 1984. Its focus is on system-level solutions built around flashmicrocontrollers. Its products include microcontrollers (including 8051 derivatives and AT91SAM and AT91CAP ARM-based micros), and its own Atmel AVR and AVR32 architectures, radio frequency (RF) devices, EEPROM and Flash memory devices (including DataFlash-based memory), and a number of application-specific products. Atmel supplies its devices as standard products, ASICs, or ASSPs depending on the requirements of its customers. In some cases it is able to offer system on chip solutions.

Starting with AT89C51 by using assembly language to understand how the MCU works, that’s the way all student in Vietnam opens the door of the Embedded world!

As said above, you can understand how popular the Atmel chip is in Vietnam. Asking me? Yes, of course I used to start by the same way.

Some recent years, there’s some change on the position of Atmel in Vietnam, because of the fake products and the long lead-time, however, it is still a most popular chip in Vietnam.

I’m familiar with AT89C51 and AVR ATmega, however, ATTiny is the first one we used in the large number (some ten of thousands).

Known Atmel Singapore via Arrow, this would be the good chance to open the relationship with the most popular chip in Vietnam.

NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications.

Using NXP’s MCU from the second year when studying at the University of Technology with the introduction from Mr. Kiem Huynh (Lecturer – the well-known coach in the Robot contest).

It would be the very good beginning, I quickly understood 8 bits MCU (LPC922, LPC932, P89V51Rx2), ARM7  MCU (LPC2000) and used them in some application when still being a student.

I connected Philips Semiconductors (Vietnam’s representative office) from 2004 and actually provided many support for them in the MCU contest 2nd and 3rd, with many useful information in my personal website.

I got their Certificated in the MCU contest 2005 and the Award for the contribution to the contest.

The interesting thing is, in the meeting with NXP’s team in June, 2010, I met Mr. Tan – Sales Director, who participated in the Celeration 5 years ago to give me the Award!  He was very supprised, and ofcourse, I was, too. The world is not big enough, huh?

We are now the good partner, not only with the NXP’s Singapore , but also the Vietnam office.

Doing business is just for doing business, but friends are the friends, aren’t you?

WIZnet

WIZnet (http://www.wiznet.co.kr) provides Hardwired TCP/IP chips, embedded Internet modules, external devices, and serial device servers in wired and wireless environments.

Sometime the business is going very well, just after some email from the unknown people, that’s the case I met with WIZnet, the company in Korea.

Meeting with Mr. Kit Wan in Shenzhen, China (2009) and WIZnet team (Mr. Jace Sohn, Mr. Kit Wan,..) in Dongguan, China (2010), there’s many stories to tell.

Keeping the good relation ship, my friends!

UPDATE: Picture taken with WIZnet Hong Kong team at IIC 2012.

Creative power of the young people

I usually talk with the young people about the technology, about the creativity, about how to use the tool to describe the idea, expand freedom of the human intelligence. Talk with them whenever having chance, in university or even in the coffee shop.

One of the most important factor to become the successful person in technology field is the creativity, and young people, with full of the creative power, would be the main force for that developing…

Young man, motherland needs you to become the powerful country…