DesignSpark chipKIT Challenge


RS Components has announced the winners of its DesignSpark chipKIT(TM) Challenge, an online competition launched to encourage energy-efficient electronics design for embedded system applications. Competition entrants, comprising engineers, students and hobbyists from around the world, were invited to produce an open source energy-efficient and eco-friendly solution based on the Arduino-compatible chipKIT(TM) Max32?development platform from Digilent, which features Microchip Technology’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller. All entries were required to include an extension card developed using RS’ award-winning free-of-charge DesignSpark PCB software tool with code compiled using Microchip’s MPLAB® IDE software. Cash prizes worth a total of $10,000 have been awarded to eight projects, with the top three designs receiving $5000, $3000 and $1000 respectively, and a further five honourable mentions awarded $200 each. All applications were judged on the level of energy efficiency and the quality of the extension card’s PCB design. The competition winners are as follows: First prize Dean Boman…