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ams AS6501 Offers Speed, Precision for LiDAR and Medical Imaging Applications

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ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, today introduced the AS6501, a two-channel time-to-digital converter (TDC) which enables high-speed scanning and high precision in single-beam optical ranging equipment and medical imaging systems.

The AS6501 features high-speed LVDS interfaces for the Start and Stop signals at the light source in optical ranging equipment and scanners, and LVDS measurement outputs. It can be used to measure the time-of-flight of optical signals to a precision of 20ps per channel, or 10ps in dual-channel high-resolution mode, and captures measurements at very high speeds of up to 70Msamples/s.

Single-beam laser ranging systems based on the precise, high-speed AS6501 can render extremely accurate and detailed outlines of objects in the field of view “ an essential requirement of new assisted and autonomous driving systems in vehicles. Positron emission tomography (PET) medical imaging systems can also use the AS6501 to produce highly detailed images of a patients body.

By optimizing the AS6501 for single-beam applications, ams has been able to combine very high performance with compact dimensions. The two-channel AS6501 is housed in a QFP48 package measuring just 7mm x 7mm, a 40% reduction in board footprint compared to its four-channel counterpart, the TDC-GPX2. The AS6501, which includes on-board logic for measuring the time interval between the Start and Stop signals, requires few external components.

Power consumption is as much as ten times lower than that of competing TDCs that offer a similar level of precision: typical power consumption in normal operation is just 450mW at a supply voltage of 3.3V. Stand-by current is 60µA.

The AS6501 can also be used in designs based on a microcontroller which require a serial peri-pheral interface (SPI). The AS6501 features a four-wire SPI for configuration settings, which can also optionally be used for data read-out.

By creating a compact version of our highly regarded TDC family with two channels, ams has been able to make high-speed time-of-flight measurement possible in a wider range of applications, including those with tight space and cost constraints, while maintaining the extremely high performance of the successful TDC-GPX2 device, said Norbert Breyer, Product Manager at ams.

The AS6501 is available now in production volumes. Unit pricing is available on request from ams.

For sample requests or for more technical information, go to www.ams.com/time-to-digital-converter/AS6501.

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Suncity Group Announces 2021 Outlook

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Striding Towards a Bright Future

 

MACAU – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – Under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a very difficult year for the world. In the face of the severe challenges, Suncity Group has been working hard to achieve its vision of sustainable development in all areas. With its philosophy of “Innovating With Diversity, Striving For Success”, the Group strives to develop its business in the fields of VIP services, entertainment, global tourism, food and beverage, luxury fashion, etc., and is committed to becoming a leading integrated resort operator, with the expansion of its global hotel and resort management business as its core focus. At the same time, as an enterprise rooted in Macao and backed by our motherland, it is one of Suncity Group’s priorities to promote Macao as the “Creative City of Gastronomy”. With this in mind, the Group has actively and successfully expanded its food and beverage business to the Mainland, promoting cooperation between enterprises of Macao and of the Mainland. Also, HOIANA, the Group’s feature project in Vietnam, will serve as a bridge to introduce Vietnam’s culture of gastronomy to the Mainland, in response to national policies of “going global” and “bringing in”.

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HOIANA, Suncity Group’s first integrated resort set to open its doors in 2021

Tigre de Cristal will focus on developing local Russian clientele, Japanese and Korean travellers as the target source market

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Suncity Group prepares to further expand its food and beverage business in the Mainland

Suncity Group is committed to bringing in the finest food culture to the Mainland

 

Leveraging on its experience in resort and hotel management, Suncity Group has been actively expanding its global hotel and resort management business and marching towards the goal of becoming an internationally renowned integrated resort operator. Year 2021 will see the grand opening of the Group’s first integrated resort HOIANA, with all facilities set to open their doors at the same time. Among the wide array of facilities included the entertainment facilities of Hoiana Suncity, the golf course of Hoiana Shores designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the 4 luxury hotels managed and operated by Rosewood Hotel Group – Hoiana Hotel & Suites, New World Hoiana Hotel & Residences, KHOS Hoiana and Rosewood Hoi An, offering over 1,000 guest rooms.

 

Located in central Vietnam, the integrated resort HOIANA is only 40 km away from the Da Nang International Airport, with its 3-km coastline and a stunning sea view. The first phase of HOIANA covers an area of over 165 hectares, with the second phase project commencing in 2021. Utilizing its unique coastline, the next phase of the resort will focus on increasing the number of guest rooms as well as the expansion of retail areas, including beach resorts and a Vietnamese Village. Future developments also include facilities such as water and adrenaline park, observation deck, etc., all with the aim to create the finest entertainment hub of Southeast Asia. At the same time, taking advantage of its geographical location, HOIANA will target at bringing in tourists from Southeast Asia as its main source markets in the future. Suncity Group believes that HOIANA will bring significant revenue and sustainable development prospects, and is a demonstration of its determination to gradually evolve into an integrated resort operator and actively expand its resort management business.

 

In addition, through Suncity Group Holdings Limited (1383.HK), Suncity Group is now the single largest shareholder of Summit Ascent Holdings Limited (102.HK), and participates in both operations of Tigre de Cristal Resort Phase I in Vladivostok, Russia and the development of the resort’s second phase. Currently, Tigre de Cristal Phase I is the largest integrated resort in Russia, with a positive trend in business and revenue growth driven by the local Russian clientele. Set to open for preview in late 2022 and grandly open in 2023, the Phase II development project will also commence in 2021, doubling the number of entertainment facilities as well as tripling the number of guest rooms. The project will also add to the resort 4 new restaurants and bars, premium outlet and duty free shopping, multi-functional area, and a beach club and spa. Thanks to its prime location in Northeast Asia, Tigre de Cristal will be well suited for Japanese and Korean travellers. In the future, the Group will focus on developing local Russian clientele, while introducing Japanese and Korean travellers to the resort as the target source market.

 

Through the acquisition of Suntrust Home Developers, Inc. (Stock Code: SUN:PM), Suncity Group is also actively engaging in the development of the Westside City Integrated Resort in the heart of Entertainment City in Manila, Philippines. The project covers an area of over 20 hectares and is set to open its doors before 2023, creating the hub of entertainment of Philippines together with our local partners.

 

Moreover, Suncity Group is expanding into East Asia to further target at Japanese and Korean travellers, with plans to develop resorts in Miyako Island of Okinawa and Niseko of Hokkaido in Japan, with construction to begin in 2021. The Group plans to build a resort hotel in the Yonaha Maehama Beach Area, which is known as “the most beautiful beach in the East”, in Miyako Island of Okinawa, Japan and is expected to complete in 2023. The resort will provide 100 hotel rooms and 40 private villas with their own pools, as well as a variety of special water sports, including stand-up paddling, snorkelling and deep diving. In addition, the Group plans to build a luxury resort in Niseko of Hokkaido, Japan, which owns the reputation as one of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts in the World”. With development plans in the works in 2021, the project will cover an area of approximately 20 hectares, combining the natural beauty of Niseko and convenient leisure amenities. The completion of these new integrated resorts will serve as a testament to Suncity Group’s determination to become Asia’s leading integrated resort operator and an enterprise rooted in Macao that is actively responding to the national policy of “going global”.

 

Adhering to the spirit of patriotism, Suncity Group has been actively supporting the policy of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, placing the development of the Motherland as our top priority. Through the business expansion of Sun Food and Beverage in the Mainland, Suncity Group aims to bring in the best of foreign cultures and contribute to the country’s prosperity. Since last year, Sun Food and Beverage established 8 restaurants in Chengdu and Chongqing, including “Danang Vietnamese Cuisine”, “Pho Thuy”, “Bangkok Cock” and “Đồ ăn vỉa hè Hoi An Danang”. Together with HOIANA, invested by Suncity Group Holdings Limited in Central Vietnam, the Group strives to introduce Vietnam’s culture of gastronomy to the Mainland.

 

In order to further expand its footprint in the Mainland, Sun Food and Beverage is preparing to open more quality branded restaurants in 2021. In the meantime, Sun Food and Beverage has successfully created new cooperation opportunities for the catering industry in Macao and the Mainland by taking initiative to organise investment visits to the Mainland. Currently, Sun Food and Beverage is actively supporting the “Luzu Temple District Renovation Project” of Chongqing as the company plans to open at the site more branded restaurants presenting Vietnamese cuisine, not just to increase company revenue, but also to help reinvigorate the old district. In addition, Sun Food and Beverage is preparing to set up a joint venture with Macao’s catering industry and open 3 restaurants in the area, bringing Macao-style hot pot, Portuguese cuisine and local desserts to Chongqing. This move not only enriches Mainland’s catering market, but is also a way to support the Macao Special Administrative Region Government’s core effort to promote Macao as “Creative City of Gastronomy”.

 

In the entertainment sector, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited has been actively expanding its entertainment-related businesses, covering film productions, online films, concerts and other commercial performing arts. In 2021, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited will expand its footprint in Southeast Asia through its subsidiaries in Japan and Malaysia, and is also enthusiastically preparing for the full recovery of the film industry this year. Currently, productions of film and TV drama invested by the Group from last year have been completed and are scheduled to be released in 2021, including “Limbo” starring Gordon Lam, which is scheduled to participate in international film festivals, “Dust to Dust” starring Gordon Lam and Da Peng, “Mom, Don’t Do That” produced by and starring Alyssa Chia. In addition, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited will be producing Macao’s first action and car racing film this year, with Han Han as producer of the film. For the acclaimed films “SPL: Sha Po Lang” and “Paradox”, production of the sequels “SPL III: War Needs Lord” and “Paradox II” will also begin in 2021.

 

As Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group stated, the tough year 2020 is now in the past. With the new COVID-19 vaccines being distributed worldwide, the global economy is expected to soon recover, which will be conducive to a strong growth of the motherland and Macao’s social, economic and tourism sectors in 2021. At the same time, staying true to the core values of patriotism, he understands that the prosperity of Macao and the country are inextricably linked. In the future, Suncity Group will continue to look forward to a prosperous future together with the country and Macao by vigorously upholding and following the long-term direction of the country in all aspects.

 

High-resolution images can be downloaded in the gallery:

https://dropbox.suncity-group.com/url/ztw4svj4hfr3hcs4

 

About Suncity Group

Suncity Group was founded in 2007. Since establishment, Suncity Group has been striving to provide the extraordinary VIP entertainment service for our guests, and we then opened a number of VIP Clubs in various 6-star hotels and resorts throughout Macau with the rapid growth of our business. Meanwhile, we successively set up exclusive VIP Clubs in Manila, Seoul, Incheon, Phnom Penh and Da Nang, etc.

 

Adhering to the spirit of “Innovating With Diversity, Striving For Success”, Suncity Group spared no effort to develop high-end entertainment services and products as well as roll out global VIP loyalty program for the selected members to enjoy entertainment, travel, catering services, luxury shopping and motion picture. Today, the scope of our business covers most sectors, especially in the fields of global travel, film production, concert and event planning, catering and luxury goods.

 

As a Macau born and bred enterprise, Suncity Group is not only devoted to develop the Asian market, but also oriented to expand the global network. In the future, we will surely continue to diversify our VIP entertainment services, attract more exclusive members and make every effort to promote our business in every corner of the world.

 

Official Website | www.suncitygroup.com.mo/en

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‘IT & Digital’, ‘Business Operations’, and ‘Sales’ Are The Top Functions Companies Are Looking to Augment in a Post-Pandemic Environment

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 6 January 2021 – Despite two in five (61%) employers expressing a pessimistic outlook towards the current job market, 56% indicate that they have been recently hiring or intending to hire new talent to meet their current business goals. In particular, the top three functions employers have been hiring or intending to hire for are ‘IT & Digital’ (45%), ‘Business Operations’ (39%) and ‘Sales’ (29%).

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These are some of the key findings from NTUC LearningHub‘s (NTUC LHUB) recently launched survey in The New Normal of Sector Skills report. Gathering the perspectives of 367 business leaders (senior managers or directors and above) and 567 full-time employees working in Singapore, the report aimed to uncover the shifts in dynamic of training and employment opportunities across six major industry clusters.

When asked about their recruitment endeavours, seven in ten (72%) employers say that it has been challenging to fill roles due to shortage of talent with the required skill set. This was most apparent in those in the built environment (77%), manufacturing (76%) and essential domestic services (75%) industry clusters.

In addition, to plug skills gaps, employers say they have been upskilling employees with complementary skill sets (55%), reskilling employees (40%) to take on newly created roles, and proactively attracting local talents (40%) to join their workforce.

On the other hand, when asked about the functions which employees are looking to move to in order to secure a stable job and career, ‘leadership & management’ (39%), ‘business operations’ (32%) and ‘administrative’ (30%) emerged as the top three functions.

Moreover, two in three (66%) employees feel the need to upgrade their skills to move to another industry that may be more resilient. About one third (31%) of the respondents are open to moving into the healthcare industry, while 23% are open to moving to biopharmaceuticals manufacturing and 21% are open to moving to infocomm technology. Among this group of respondents, employees from the built environment and trade & connectivity industry clusters feel the strongest need to move to another industry. 

Commenting on the findings, NTUC LHUB’s Chairman, Eugene Wong, says, “Digital adoption and business transformation will continue to accelerate across industries, prompting employers to actively re-assess the talent pool they need in order to navigate the new economy.”

“In the new world order where new information and technologies are being fielded at an exponential rate, employers must lead their companies in upskilling or reskilling to learn in-demand competencies that help companies navigate a COVID-19 economy. It is heartening that more employers now see the value in upskilling and reskilling their employees, and many are also ramping up their efforts to attract our local talent pool. This signifies a bright spot for individuals who are reassessing their career paths, and they can leverage upskilling and reskilling resources to capture opportunities in these areas.”

To download The New Normal of Sector Skill report, visit https://www.ntuclearninghub.com/sector-skills-report-2020

About NTUC LearningHub

NTUC LearningHub is the leading Continuing Education and Training provider in Singapore which aims to transform the lifelong employability of working people. Since our corporatisation in 2004, we have been working employers and individual learners to provide learning solutions in areas such as Cloud, Infocomm Technology, Healthcare, Employability & Literacy, Business Excellence, Workplace Safety & Health, Security, Human Resources and Foreign Worker Training.


To date, NTUC LearningHub has helped over 21,000 organisations and achieved over 2.5 million training places across more than 500 courses with a pool of over 400 certified trainers. As a Total Learning Solutions provider to organisations, we also forge partnerships and offer a wide range of relevant end-to-end training solutions and work constantly to improve our training quality and delivery. In 2020, we have accelerated our foray into online learning with our Virtual Live Classes and, through working with best-in-class partners such as IBM, DuPont Sustainable Solutions and GO1, asynchronous online courses.


For more information, visit www.ntuclearninghub.com.


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TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong launches China Compulsory Certification (CCC) services for electrical and electronic products

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 12 January 2021 – In cooperation with the China Quality Certification Center (CQC), TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong has been authorized by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) to provide convenient China Compulsory Certification (CCC) services for overseas clients. TÜV Rheinland’s CCC product testing scope covers information technology equipment (CNCA-C09-01) and some household and similar-use appliance (CNCA-C07-01) categories, such as electric ovens, microwave ovens, rice cookers, vacuum cleaners, electric irons, liquid heaters, skin and hair care appliances, power adapter chargers, computer built-in power supplies, display devices used in conjunction with computers, etc.

CCC is implemented by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) to ensure safety for consumers in China. All products in the catalog must meet the requirements of CCC product certification Since the signing of Supplement VII to the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), Mainland China has been gradually opening up its CCC market to Hong Kong testing and certification bodies.

From June 1, 2020, authorized testing organizations in Hong Kong can cooperate with designated mainland certification organizations to test all products processed or manufactured in the world except China that need to apply for CCC. TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong has always been a testing laboratory accredited under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), and has signed a CCC Test Authorization Agreement with the CQC. It can conduct CCC testing services for the  overseas customers.

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