Manning Award of Distinction goes to inventor of some of the world's most widely used data compression technologies for digital communications



    CALGARY, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo's Dr. En-hui Yang
has won a $25,000 Manning Award of Distinction, sponsored by CanWest Global,
for his inventive solutions for data compression. More than 2200 Internet
Service Providers in over 50 countries use his technologies to speed digital
communications.
    Dr. Yang is Co-founder of SlipStream Data Inc., now a subsidiary of the
Ontario-based wireless-technology company, Research in Motion. Many of
SlipStream's products are the direct result of Dr. Yang's theoretical work on
data compression.
    "Once I developed a new theory and really appreciated its beauty," he
said, "I asked myself, how do I make it practical?"
    Dr. Yang continues to add to his series of file-shrinking and network
optimizing solutions, which speed tasks including Web browsing or checking
e-mail with portable communications devices such as smart phones and laptops.
As one end-user commented, after using Slipstream technology, non-accelerated
Web browsing feels painfully slow.
    Effective data compression makes data transfer more efficient, explained
Dr. Yang, adding that one benefit is the lower bandwidth needed for smooth
Internet sailing. In addition, with improved efficiency, less power is used,
thereby extending the life of batteries for portable communications devices.

    The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    This year the Foundation will award $165,000 in prize money. Four awards
totalling $145,000 will go to leading Canadian innovators. Another $20,000
will go to Young Canadians chosen at the 2007 Canada-Wide Science Fair.
    The Foundation was established in 1980 in the name of Alberta statesman,
Ernest C. Manning, to promote and support Canadian innovation. Since 1982, the
Foundation has presented $3.76 million in prize money through its annual
awards program.
    The 2007 awards will be presented at an awards gala on September 28th in
Toronto, Ontario. The 2007 Manning Principal Award Winner will be announced
September 25th.

    
    -  A Media Backgrounder about the innovator and his work is available on
       the Foundation's website: www.manningawards.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: on the Foundation, contact Bruce Fenwick,
Executive Director, (403) 645-8288 or Nina C. Pudwell, Communications
Coordinator, at (403) 645-3006 or Nina.Pudwell@encana.com; For more
information about Dr. Yang and Slipstream Data Inc., visit www.slipstream.com
or www.multicom.uwaterloo.ca/yang.html, or contact the award winner at (519)
888-4567, ext 32873 or ehyang@uwaterloo.ca

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