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TI honors innovative microcontroller designs

Posted: 30 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DesignStellaris? Cortex M3? MCU? microcontroller? award?

An anti-lock brake system for bicycles that uses a Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3-based 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) has won an award at the DesignStellaris 2010 contest. Richard Wotiz's Bicycle ABS Brake System beat out nearly 1,000 entries from more than 60 countries to bag the top award at the competition honoring technological advancements in the embedded industry.

The system uses Texas Instruments Stellaris LM3S9B96 MCU to control brake force and minimize wheel skid via a pair of stepper motors.

Two other outstanding projects were cited: Japanese Osamu Tamura's camera-based eye-tracking system that utilizes the Stellaris MCU as a USB host, Ethernet node, and camera controller and Frenchman Sylvain Davaine's GPIB screen saver that serves as a USB stick-based screenshot capture tool with a direct connection for all GPIB instruments, including lab equipment.

Sixteen other designs received special mentions. Among them were a six-axis articulated robot, a secure ACC PIN reader, a lithium-ion battery module, an electronic motorbike, a 2.4GHz RC radio system, a networked real-time gas leak detector, a hands-free USB mouse controlled via eye movements, and a handheld pollen sensor.

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