NXP LPC1100 Design Challenge

The Design Challenge is taking place right now. Contestants can use the NXP’s Cortex-M0 based LPC1100 and the LPCXpresso developer kit to build and test their designs. The NXP LPC1100 Design Challenge is organized into three phases: Conceptual Design, Hardware Design, and Final Prototype. Each phase has new requirements for contestants, and the judges and community members will determine the winners of each phase. The Grand Prize is $3,000 in Apple gift cards.

Conceptual Design Phase
Each Contestant will develop a conceptual design, including an abstract, title, and block diagram, and upload these elements of the design to the Contest Website. Once contestants have submitted a valid entry, contestants will receive a FREE LPCXpresso developer kit. The Conceptual Design Phase is open to new Contestants from February 1, 2010 (the “Start Date”) until frozen on March 31, 2010 at 8 a.m. EDT (the “Entry Deadline”). If all required elements are not submitted before the frozen time, contestant will be disqualified. One contestant from this Phase will be chosen as Most Original, by the Judges, with Rating input from the “Members” of the Contest Website and announced on April 7, 2010. All remaining contestants are still eligible to proceed to the next phase.

Hardware Design Phase
Contestants from the Conceptual Design Phase will enter the Hardware Design Phase. During the Hardware Design Phase, each Contestant will develop the hardware component of the Contestant’s design in prototype form, and provide a video of the working prototype. Along with the video, each contestant will also provide an accompanying bill-of-materials, schematics, and other design related material specified by the Sponsors, all which must be uploaded by the Contestants to the Contest Website before the entries are frozen on May 3, 2010 at 8 a.m. EDT. If all required elements are not submitted before the frozen time, contestant will be disqualified. One contestant from this Phase will be chosen as Best Video, by the Judges, with Rating input from the “Members” of the Contest Website and announced on or about May 10, 2010. There will be ten contestants selected, still eligible to proceed to the next phase.

Final Prototype Phase
Ten contestants from the Hardware Design Phase will enter the Final Prototype Phase. During this last Phase, each Contestant will polish his or her design and ship the final working prototype to the NXP Semiconductors, Attn: Amit Bhojraj, 1109 McKay Drive, M/S 76, SJ-M4 San Jose, CA 95131 (shipping costs and materials will be provided by NXP). Along with the prototype, each contestant must submit a 2-page brief, with instructions on how to operate the design, and all related software projects and other relevant material, on or before all entries are frozen on May 31, 2010 at 8 a.m. EDT. The Challenge is not responsible for lost of broken prototypes. A maximum of 5 Finalists will be determined. Judges at the UBM Embedded Systems Conference in Chicago, Illinois on or about June 8 – June 10, 2010 (the “2010 ESC Chicago”), with input from a vote of the Members in the manner described on the Contest Website, will announce the winners of the Grand Prize and Second Prize, as well as up to three Honorable Mentions.

More info: NXP LPC1100 Design Challenge