Chinese-developed 3G technology is having a breakthrough

China Mobile Ltd said on June 6 it achieved a breakthrough figure of mobile phones launched for TD-SCDMA, one of China’s homegrown 3G technologies.

Li Huidi, vice-president of China Mobile Communications Corp, said that about 47 mobile phone models have been launched since the beginning of the year for TD-SCDMA. Thirty-two of those handsets were smartphones.

TD-SCDMA is the Chinese-developed 3G technology that China Mobile adopts. TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access) is a mobile telephone standard for wireless network operators who want to move from a second generation (2G) wireless network to a third-generation (3G) one. Supporting data transmission at speeds up to 2 Mbps, TD-SCDMA combines support for both circuit-switched data, such as speech or video, and also packet-switched data from the Internet. TD-SCDMA was developed by the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT) in collaboration with Datang and Siemens.courtesy: blog.chiaaet.comMarket observers have said that TD-SCDMA is falling behind the other two 3G technologies – the WCDMA used by China Unicom and the CDMA2000 of China Telecom – in terms of the number of terminals and the availability of chipsets.

However, Li said that eight chipset makers are now able to provide TD chipsets, and that Qualcomm Inc, the world’s top smartphone chipset supplier, is about to launch a series of TD chipsets this year.

“China Mobile would consider prioritizing partnerships with mobile phone makers that launch TD versions of cell phones first,” Li said at a Beijing news conference.
(source: China Daily)

BYD e-buses greening transportation on Dutch island

Shenzhen-based passenger car and bus manufacturer BYD has won a tender to provide the island of Schiermonnikoog, part of Friesland province, with 6 electric buses. The province will also purchase the required charging stations, as well as a 15-year service contract with BYD for the maintenance of the bus.

The bus service will be operated by Arriva, starting from early 2013. The BYD K9 bus model has seen quite some international succes, with customers in Finland, US, and Canada among others. The K9 measures in at 12m x 2.5m x 3.3m with a short wheelbase for inner city operation. In city driving conditions its range is reported to be 250 km.

Read more here (in Dutch only).

Chinese research from the inside: the perspective of a EU fellow from the UvA

Italian fellow Filippo Bedani obtained a fellowship from the second round of the EU-China Science & Technology Fellowship (STF) Programme and is finalizing his two-year’s stay in China. He is a PhD student from the UvA and will defend his PhD in Amsterdam next week. NOST Beijing conducted a short interview to obtain a better understanding of the STF and of Chinese research from the inside. Please click here for the whole interview.

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Dutch offshore wind technology leaves a strong impression in Shanghai

On the first day of the Offshore Wind China 2012 conference and exhibition, the Holland pavilion attracted many visitors. Several Dutch companies united by the ‘Holland Home of Wind Energy’ exporters association, showcase Dutch technology solutions for the Offshore Wind industry.

The Chinese wind energy industry developed on a high pace last decade. China is in terms of installed wind capacity (on land) the world’s market leader. In offshore wind a 150MW tidal demonstration project was recently connected to the grid.

Dutch companies present at Offshore Wind China 2012, see opportunities in collaboration with China in the fields of: engineering, development of new concepts, operations and maintenance, aerodynamics, testing, wind turbine performance, rotor blade design, marine cable installation and hydraulic piling.