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Competition promotes energy efficient electronics design

25 November 2011

RS Components (RS) has announced details of its DesignSpark chipKIT Challenge, a global competition launching on 28 November 2011. Run in partnership with Elektor and Circuit Cellar magazines across Europe, Asia Pacific and the US, the chipKIT Challenge is an online competition that challenges electronics design engineers, students and hobbyists to produce an energy efficient, eco-friendly design.

Entrants will use the award-winning, free-of-charge DesignSpark PCB software tool from RS and the Digilent chipKIT Max32 development platform featuring the 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller from Microchip Technology, to realise their designs.

Registration for the chipKIT Challenge is available here, with participants invited to submit design projects showcasing the functionality of the chipKIT Max32 development kit and DesignSpark PCB in an environmentally  friendly application. The first 1,000 qualified entrants to register will be eligible to receive a complimentary chipKIT Max32 development board.

A panel of judges, comprising design engineers and experts, has been established to evaluate the projects based on a range of criteria including energy efficiency, originality, usefulness, and design optimisation. The competition winners will share a total cash prize of US$10,000.

During the competition entrants will also be encouraged to share ideas and post updates to the RS online DesignSpark community and automatically qualify for a bonus Community Choice Award as well as entry into prize draws.

The closing date for entries is 27 March 2012. Winners will be announced in April 2012.

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