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All systems go for yearlong Microchip PIC32 design challenge

Posted: 18 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Digi-Key TechnInsights Microchip? PIC32 32bit? yearlong design challenge?

TechInsights has launched the Microchip PIC32 Design Challenge (, a yearlong contest and community sponsored by Microchip Technology Inc. and Digi-Key Corp.

The goal of the design challenge is to foster a social community where designers can build, test and display their embedded 32bit designs to peers with blogs, videos and forums by using the Microchip's PIC32 Starter Kit, an easy to use, all-in-one, PIC32-based module. The challenge is organized in four phasesPaper Design, Hardware Design, Software Design and Final Prototype. Each phase has its own deadline and eliminates a certain number of contestants.

The design challenge's interactive community is made up of registered members who rate each of the contestant's designs according to established design criteria. Three industry expert judges as well as member peers will vote each week to see which contestants move to the next phase.

In addition, each week, members will be eligible for prizes that exceed $100,000 based on their community participation and activity. The grand winner will receive a home theater system valued at $8,000, which will be awarded at next year's Embedded Systems Conference San Jose on April 1 in Silicon Valley.

"This design challenge is a great opportunity for engineers to show their expertise in 32bit design. And the social aspect of peers rating, voting and even collaborating on the best designs will make it even more exciting," said Richard Nass, editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Design and Judge.

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