NUREMBERG, Germany Freescale Semiconductor used the Embedded World conference here to open registration in Europe for its first worldwide design contest. Top regional winners will be invited to compete in the Grand FTF Design Challenge, competing against other first place teams to win a total of $61,000 in cash prizes.
The Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Design Challenge Europe is focused on the development of sustainable applications to encourage engineers to test the boundaries of green embedded systems design.
“Energy management and other green issues are becoming major considerations in virtually every purchase decision: consumer or corporate,” said Steve Wainwright, vice president of sales and marketing & general manager, Freescale EMEA.
Embedded systems engineers and students are challenged to create innovative, green electronic designs using a select group of Freescale solutions. Once registered, participants receive a kit with hardware and software development tools to start on their designs, submitting final design papers by May 23.
Product families included in the challenge are the MMA 7260Q acceleration sensor, MPXV5004 pressure sensor, MC1321/212/213 wireless ZigBee family, MCF51QE128 and S08QE128 8- and 32-bit compatible MCUs, S12XE, 16-bit MCU with the XGATE co-processor, MPC8313E-RDB and MPC8544E PowerQUICC II Pros, and the MC932MXS.
The judging process will coincide with FTF Paris, which will be held October 7 – 8, where top regional winners will be recognized and awarded cash prizes.
Freescale is hosting Design Challenges in the Americas, Japan, Europe, China and India. To be eligible to participate in the Europe Design Challenge, participants must be 18 years or older and live in Europe including Israel.
First place regional winners will receive $10000, in addition to being invited to participate in the Grand FTF Design Challenge. Second place winners receive $5000 and third place $2000.
Additional information about entry requirements, official rules, the design selection process and winner notifications is available here.