element14 has teamed with CadSoft Computer GmbH to invite engineers to take part in the EAGLE Design Competition between 01 May to 31 August 2012.

Electronic design engineers and enthusiasts will need to submit their innovative design projects to win prizes with a pot value of $7000. The competition, which is powered by Microchip and hosted on the element14 Community, aims to bring the most innovative design engineering communities together using CadSoft EAGLE’s Version 6.

To enter the competition applicants must ensure that all designs use EAGLE Version 6 and that a Microchip MCU or DSC is integrated in the design. After registering on the element14 Community, users can submit a screenshot of their layout and add a description of their project on the competition page. Users who do not have an EAGLE license can download a free 30-days trial version on www.element14.com/eagle-freemium to participate in the contest.

“EAGLE is an established PCB design software tool in the engineering community used globally by customers from large companies to students and individuals,” said Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft. “A large number of universities, schools and colleges have an EAGLE license in place and numerous well known brands love and use our award winning software every day. This gave us the perfect reason not to limit the competition to a special target group or topic. We have varied users with great ideas and are excited to see their submissions.”
“The choice of MCU remains critical to most product developments so we are delighted to partner with CadSoft in the EAGLE Design Challenge,” said Mike McGlade, Channel Manager of Microchip. “Microchip’s extensive range of 8/16/32-Bit MCUs/DSCs will cater for both novice and expert entrants in this contest.”

The prizes:
1. DELL Alienware M17x r3 + EAGLE version 6 Professional incl. all three modules
2. MICROCHIP – DV164037 – KIT, EVAL, ICD3 W/ EXPLORER 16 & DM163022-1 8-Bit development board + EAGLE Version 6 Professional incl. all three modules
3. EAGLE Version 6 Standard incl. all three modules

The outcome of the competition will feature peer-voting from the element14 community. Members of the leading global technology community can “like” entries and comment on the submission. Based on the community “likes” and comments, a judging panel consisting of CadSoft, Premier Farnell and Microchip representatives along with independent EAGLE expert Prof. Dr. Francesco Volpe from the University of Applied Sciences in Aschaffenburg will pick the winners.

Judging criteria include clarity in description of the product, the electronic concept, the design complexity, the design quality and the functionality.

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