9 Chinese startups making waves at MWC 2024

  • Shenzhen Photonic Crystal Technology Co, LTD, founded in 2017, is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, is a wholesale business mainly engaged in enterprises.
  • Taolink technologies is an enterprise which founded in 2019, Shanghai. Taolink Technologies is a startup company focused on the development of advanced wireless Internet of Things transmission technologies and products.

In this MWC conference, the fierce competition between large enterprises highlights the tension and competitive pressure of the market, however, start-ups have shown unique highlights and innovative charm on this stage. Start-ups stand out for their flexibility and innovative ability to not only quickly adapt to market changes, but also quickly launch new products and services that meet consumer needs. This agility allows start-ups to hold their own in a fast-paced and volatile market environment and compete strongly with traditional giants.
–Miurio Huang, BTW reporter

The 2024 World Mobile Communications Conference (MWC) officially opened in Shanghai on June 26. Innovative concept products were showcased across venues from N1 to N5, each presenting its design ideas. This year’s conference theme, Future First, focuses on three sub-themes: Beyond 5G, AI Economy, and Digital Manufacturing, attracting thousands of communication enterprises, IT equipment manufacturers, and other related enterprises from around the world. Many large enterprises at the forefront of the product display area captured the majority of the audience’s attention. Following this, China’s three major telecom operators also competed to showcase their strengths. However, many Chinese startups displayed their unique styles as well.

1. NanoAR

NanoAR, founded in 2017, is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, is a wholesale business mainly engaged in Hd transparent projection display, AR (augmented reality) display and equipment for a variety of modern applications.

The photonic chip transparent screen developed by NanoAR was once displayed in the showroom of Audi 4S store, showing a dazzling sense of science and technology, and perfectly integrated with the concept of Audi scientific and technological innovation and enlightenment of the future.

The main features of the transparent screen include full transparency, ultra-high definition and full color, which can quickly attract consumers, improve the consumption experience and increase sales. Due to its fully transparent design, it can be flexibly placed and add multiple self-owned advertising Spaces that perfectly integrate with the environmental space.

NanoAR displayed in the conference

At the NanoAR’s exhibition booth, the Shenzhen-based startup showcased their photonic smart cockpit transparent display system. The system is based on the photonic transparent chip display technology with completely independent intellectual property rights, which can transform car sunroofs, side Windows and partitions into transparent high-definition displays. It is suitable for in-car immersive entertainment, information display, communication and office scenes, making smart cars truly a third space. This technology is currently the world’s only transparent display technology for smart cars certified by vehicle regulations.

However, the startup faces some challenges. Photonic transparent display technology is still in the development stage, and its stability and reliability over long periods of use and various environmental conditions need to be further improved. Its application scenarios and practical uses still need to be explored and validated more widely, especially in real-world applications in commercial and consumer electronics products.

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2. Taolink technologies

Taolink technologies is an enterprise which founded in 2019, Shanghai. Taolink Technologies is a startup company focused on the development of advanced wireless Internet of Things transmission technologies and products.

They developed TurMass™, a new generation of LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology that is nationally produced and fully proprietary.

TurMass™ reaches the international advanced level in terms of system capacity, transmission bandwidth, power consumption and comprehensive cost, providing advanced and competitive narrowband wireless IoT access technology and complete system solutions for smart cities, smart parks, industrial IoT and industrial private networks. Their vision is about Everything is interconnected. And their mission is to be a world-class provider of Internet of Things technologies and products.


Upon entering the N2 conference, attendees gathered at the XREAL stage, drawn by the appeal of XREAL’s 50MP 3D dual camera and the XREAL Beam Pro.

Known as a newly established international startup, XREAL has rapidly risen in the market with its core technologies and innovative products. The company’s founder, Chi Xu, has a Silicon Valley background, having worked at Nvidia and Magic Leap, and is a firm believer in augmented reality. XREAL’s initial startup strategy is focused on overseas markets. In 2019, the lightweight AR glasses launched by XREAL won the title of Best Startup, becoming the first company from China to win the award since its inception.

At the event, XREAL showed off their latest products: the AR space screen, XREAL Air glasses, and the new hardware product XREAL Beam.

XREAL’s stage was busy

AR space screen is a general term for virtual screen display technology through the combination of AR glasses developed by XREAL and different terminal devices. The previously released XREAL Beam projection box lays the foundation for the specific application of this AR space screen technology.

Based on advanced chip computing power, self-developed space perception algorithm and EIS electronic anti-shake algorithm, XREAL Beam introduces three innovative space display modes: hover, PTZ and floating window. Users can freely adjust the position, size and distance of the screen in the space, so as to bring a more stable, freer and more suitable for a variety of life scenes.

In addition, XREAL Beam works with XREAL Air for a wide range of device compatibility, supporting both wireless and wired connectivity, and is compatible with almost all personal smart devices, including mobile phones, tablets, computers, and game consoles and consoles.

At the event site, XREAL set up several experience areas, including flash mob, AR+ mobile, AR+ office, AR+ gaming, AR+ car. These areas allow users and visitors to personally experience the use of AR glasses combined with different terminal devices, as well as the effect of AR space screens, making the experience more intuitive and real.

4. Arbigtech

At the exhibition, a startup founded to empower efficient productivity through industrial AR solutions called Arbigtech is also attracting.

Arbigtec focuses on AR industrial remote assistance, digital workflow digitisation, and AI recognition, leading innovation at the forefront of technology.

Collaborating with partners ranging from university research bases to medical simulation environments, This startup devises solutions both for services and  products, their major corporations ranging form data center, corporate computing to cybersecurity services;

The reason why they exist is to enhance fault tolerance, develop new devices, and collaborate across industries including chemicals, logistics, and shipping, injecting new AI-driven vitality to streamline collaboration and increase precision in mass production processes.

AR glassed model which applied mostly in industrial sector

5. Mlink

Since its inception in 2013, Mlink Tech has risen rapidly in just ten years and become a leader in the field of internet of Things communication chips.

At this MWC, Mlink’s satellite communication chip made its first public appearance, and it’s full series of chip product lines covered key technologies such as 5G positionning, 5G RedCap and NB-IoT, attracting a lot of attention.

At the same time, the company also demonstrated 5G positioning intelligent terminals and shared a number of smart application cases.

It is understood that Mlink focuses on the research and development of cellular communication chips, and its products are widely used in communication,5G internet of things, car networking and other fields.

Form the original team of three to today’s talented people, after 10 years of grinding and growth, the company has developed into an industry leader.

The stage of Milink

6. O-cubes microelectronics

White Box Microelectronics Technology, supported by the Shanghai Municipal government, led by IC senior personnel, headquartered in Shanghai, research and development centres throughout Xi ‘an, Chengdu.

The company focuses on the design of SDH chips, aiming to provide integrated communication sets through architectural innovation.

SDH can be applied widely in products covering many fields of wireless communication, such as low-orbit satellites, commercial aerospace, etc., and have completed many types of chip layout.

Although it’s a startup, it has applied for more than 200 intellectual property rights, authorised nearly 160 invention patents, and obtained many certifications such as ISO 9001.

At the exhibition, White Box Microelectronics showed their full-scene full-link products featuring the integration of heaven and earth, including digital baseband chips, RF front-end chips, digital IF chips, amplitude-phase multifunctional chips.

“The company’s phased array sheath and digital baseband SoC chip together to form a series of shaped scene solutions, to help commercial aerospace, mobile communications and other diverse scene applications, continue to evolve towards the future of high frequency, large bandwidth, low cost direction.”

President Lufang

7. Shenzhen Hicloud D&C Technology Co,Ltd

Shenzhen Hicloud Data centre Technology Co., Ltd (Hicloud), a high-tech startup by the Highlander Group, specialises in Research and Development, manufacturing, and operation of underwater data centres.

The undersea data center is like a hidden treasure on the earth, quietly immersed in the silence of the deep sea, carrying our future hope and development possibilities.

As China’s first underwater data centre service provider, Hicloud excels in UDC and IT services due to its industrial integration capabilities.

An Underwater Data centre (UDC) comprises a shore station, sea cables, and water-cooled subsea components. Its system boasts excellent PUE, efficient modular construction, maintenance-free operation, and rapid deployment.

UDC deployment enhances equipment reliability while minimising land use. Microsoft pioneered the UDC concept, with tests showing a server failure rate one-eighth of traditional IDCs.

From 2020 to 2021, Highlander completed approvals tests in Zhuhai and Haikou, verifying UDC’s eco-friendliness, stability, and feasibility.

In December 2022, Hicloud deployed the first UDC modules in Qingshui Bay, Hainan, providing services to China Telecom and others.

In June 2023, Atlas Technology, a prominent Web3 infrastructure service provider, announced its strategic partnership with Hicloud. The collaboration aims to develop innovative solutions for reducing energy consumption in data centers and advancing technological boundaries. As a result of this partnership, Atlas has become the inaugural commercial Web3 user of the UDC project.

“Partnering with Hicloud on the UDC project is an important step in supporting a more innovative and sustainable Web3 economy.”

Raymond Yuan, founder and Chairman of Atlas.

8. Muchuang

Wuxi Muchuang Integrated Circuit Design Co., LTD (Muchuang), is a high-tech integrated circuit enterprise, standing out as a unique special new small and medium-sized enterprise in Jiangsu Province.

Founded in December 2018, it relies heavily on the support of the Institute of Microelectronics at Tsinghua University and collaborates closely with the Laboratory of Micro and Nanoelectronics and System Chips at Wuxi Institute of Applied Technology of Tsinghua University.

Muchuang is diving headfirst into the tech world’s deep end, crafting chips that are like Swiss Army knives for computers. Their main offerings is password security chips and super-smart network controllers. they’re aiming to be the MVPs of security and speed in the cloud, on networks, and in everyday tech gadgets.

Pop quiz

In AI terminology, what does NLP stand for?

A. Neural Learning Processor
B. Natural Language Programming
C. Neural Language Processing
D. Natural Language Processing

The correct answer is at the bottom of the article.

9. Sixtents Technology

Sixents Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. is a powerhouse in precise GPS positioning, offering top-notch services and solutions. With a network spanning 3,000 CORS stations across China, they harness cutting-edge VRS technology and their own RTK algorithm to deliver round-the-clock precision. This setup taps into 5 satellite systems and 16 frequencies, ensuring real-time accuracy down to centimeters or even sub-meters. Their services benefit sectors like autonomous driving, bike sharing, agriculture, surveying, smart ports, and consumer tech.

Sixents collaborates closely with industry giants like Inceptio Technology, Dongfeng Usharing Technology, and Weltmeister to integrate their services into vehicle models. They also team up with key players in the Beidou ecosystem, such as TuSimple and autowise.ai, to drive innovation in applications like Tangshan Port and Suzhou buses. Sixents is all about forging partnerships that revolutionise IoT with high-precision positioning, making waves in industrial applications.

The correct answer is D, Natural Language Processing


Miurio Huang

Miurio Huang is an intern news reporter at Blue Tech Wave media specialised in AI. She graduated from Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University. Send tips to m.huang@btw.media.

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