Cypress Semiconductor, EE Times and ARM are currently holding the ARM Cortex M3 / PSoC 5 Design Challenge. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded throughout the contest. Three winners will be selected based on creativity, design efficiency, usefulness, video cleverness, and track specific criteria: use of analog resources, digital resources and PSoC Creator Component. An additional winner will be selected by a vote of the members. From these four $1000 winners, a grand prize winner will be chosen by the Jjudges and awarded an additional $2500 prize.
The ARM Cortex-M3/PSoC 5 Design Challenge consists of three phases:
Phase One: Conceptual Design Phase
Each Contestant will develop a conceptual design, including an abstract, title, and block diagram, and upload these elements of the design. Contestants have the option to create and submit a PSoC Creator design file. This item is not required but will receive additional consideration from the judging panel. The top 100 designs will receive a Cypress developer kit. The Conceptual Design Phase is open to until January 17, 2011 at 8 a.m. EDT. One contestant from this phase will be chosen as Most Original Application, by the Judges, with ratings input from contest members. All remaining contestants are still eligible to proceed to the next phase.
Phase Two: Early Prototype Design Phase
Contestants from the Conceptual Design Phase will enter the Early Prototype Design Phase. During the Early Prototype Design Phase, each contestant will develop their design in prototype form, and provide a video of the working prototype. During this phase, each contestant must select at least one of three resource categories: analog, digital or components. Along with the video, each contestant will also provide an accompanying bill-of-materials, schematics, and PSoC Creator project file (source code), all which must be uploaded by March 14, 2011 at 8 a.m. EDT. Three winners as Best Video will be chosen by judges and community ratings. Three contestants will be selected from the analog, digital and component Categories, as well the top three remaining contestants based on their community ratings. A total of twelve (12) Contestants will still be eligible to proceed to the next phase.
Phase Three: Final Prototype Phase
Twelve contestants selected as finalists from the Early Prototype 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 Cypress Semiconductors (shipping costs and materials will be provided by Cypress). Along with the prototype, each contestant must submit a 2-page product brief, with instructions on how to operate the design, and all related software projects, such as executable module and software block diagram and other relevant material, on or before May 1, 2011 at 8 a.m. EDT.
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