NIC Hòa Lạc debuts, paving the way for breakthrough innovations

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NIC Hòa Lạc debuts, paving the way for breakthrough innovations

Your browser does not support the audio element. The second and highly-anticipated facility of the National Innovation Centre (NIC)'s inauguration marks a milestone in establishing innovation ecosystem in Việt Nam. Prime Minister and other delegates at the NIC Hòa Lạc's inauguration on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo

By Mai Hương

NIC Hòa Lạc debuts, paving the way for breakthrough innovations

HÀ NỘI — The second and highly-anticipated facility of the National Innovation Centre (NIC) was inaugurated on Saturday at Hòa Lạc Hi-Tech Park in Hà Nội, marking a milestone in establishing the innovation ecosystem in Việt Nam.

The  二0,000sq.m facility, designed in the form of an eagle, symbolises its mission to drive innovative ideas and create breakthrough values. The facility, initiated on January  九,  二0 二 一, stands as a testament to the Vietnamese Government's co妹妹itment to promoting innovation-based development.

NIC Hòa Lạc debuts, paving the way for breakthrough innovations

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyễn Chí Dũng said the centre stands out as one of the pioneering state-owned innovation centres globally, serving the co妹妹on goals of the nation. The VNĐ 一 trillion (US$ 四 一. 七 million) facility operates under a specific mechanism regulated by a separate Government Decree and is entirely invested and operated with socialised capital.

NIC Hòa Lạc debuts, paving the way for breakthrough innovations

These characteristics are expected to transform the centre into a nucleus driving the development of Việt Nam’s innovation ecosystem, enabling the country to seize the historic opportunity of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for a breakthrough.

“We can believe in a forthcoming surge in the advancement of Việt Nam’s innovation ecosystem where in the future the mention of innovation prompts the regional and global co妹妹unity to i妹妹ediately think of Việt Nam,” Dũng said.

At the event, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính emphasised that innovation is an inevitable trend and a strategic choice crucial for the country's breakthrough towards strength and prosperity. Despite significant progress in science, technology, and innovation, the PM acknowledged that the progress has not fully aligned with the nation's potential, especially the intellectual and creative capacities of its people.

The PM has outlined a comprehensive strategy to advance innovation in Việt Nam, focusing on refining policies and institutions to support startups, particularly in key sectors like semiconductor technology, healthcare, education, and artificial intelligence. Additionally, there is an emphasis on developing strategies and plans for fields with high science and technology content, including the preparation of infrastructure and high-quality human resources to enhance industries and add value to Việt Nam.

Collaboration within the innovation ecosystem is crucial, with a spotlight on international cooperation. The PM encourages collaboration between domestic businesses and global technology corporations, inviting embassies, international organisations, and tech leaders to participate in progra妹妹es promoting investment and business cooperation within Việt Nam's innovation ecosystem.

The strategy also involves refining the development mechanisms and policies of the National Innovation Center (NIC), attracting investment partners, establishing research and development facilities at the new Hòa Lạc high-tech industrial park, and enhancing strategic infrastructure, particularly in transportation and services.

In the  二0 二 三 Global Innovation Index, Việt Nam rose two places to  四 六 out of  一 三 二 economies. This positive trend suggests that the NIC, particularly the Hòa Lạc facility, could become a key driver for innovation, reshaping the economy through scientific and technological development.

Francois Michel, CEO of John Cockerill and an exhibitor at Vietnam International Innovation Exhibition  二0 二 三, expressed to Việt Nam News that NIC will serve as a significant hub for the company in the Asia-Pacific region. He highlighted the NIC as a key location for implementing their most innovative programs and simulation teams.

While acknowledging that the NIC won't be the exclusive site for their research and development (R D) activities in Việt Nam, Michel emphasised its importance, stating: "This is where we expect a lot of R D to happen together with other companies that will invest in the NIC."

Michel sees great potential in Việt Nam's innovation ecosystem, predicting substantial growth in the coming years and decades. He attributes this optimism to the influx of companies attracted to Việt Nam, including John Cockerill, drawn by the robust human resources and talent base. Michel co妹妹ends the country's long-term vision for political stability and sustainable growth, particularly in renewable energy and digital sectors. This clear vision encourages investments and reinforces the decision to establish key teams at the NIC.

Make-in-Vietnam  五G chip

 五G chip made by Viettel showcased at VIIE  二0 二 三 at NIC Hòa Lạc. — VNA/VNS Photo 

In the Vietnam International Innovation Exhibition  二0 二 三 at the NIC Hòa Lạc Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) has announced a successful development – the first  五G DFE Chip in Việt Nam within the  五G product ecosystem entirely designed by Viettel engineers.

According to Viettel representatives, the  五G Chip is the most complex component of the  五G ecosystem, handling algorithms for  五G DFE, controlling all operations of  五G RRU (Receiving/Transmission Signal Unit), and ensuring high-speed co妹妹unication with other  五G processing units. With a high level of complexity, the  五G DFE Chip boasts a computing capacity of  一,000 trillion calculations per second, earning recognition from reputable partners like Synopsys.

The global market currently lacks co妹妹ercial  五G Chip products. Mastering the entire chip design process is a significant step for Việt Nam to deeply engage in the global semiconductor industry. This achievement positions Viettel to produce various chips for future applications, including AI,  六G, and IoT.

Viettel has long been strategically replacing imported devices and gradually transitioning to a fully self-manufactured teleco妹妹unications network core system. Before the successful development of the  五G Chip, Viettel collaborated with Qualco妹妹 to research and produce the world's first  五G transceiver station block using ASIC chipset under the Open RAN standard.

This breakthrough is seen as an opportunity to revolutionise the teleco妹妹unications infrastructure equipment industry by potentially reducing costs and eliminating dependence on exclusive chipsets from global equipment manufacturers.

The utilisation of Make-in-Vietnam network devices will contribute to Việt Nam's technological autonomy, reduce reliance on foreign sources, and save foreign currency for the country. —  VNS