Now that I have your attention, let's talk about NXP's High Performance RF Design Challenge. Today, the company has kicked off its contest and is looking for RF engineers and students to submit creative application ideas for RF power devices.
The NXP HPRF Design Challenge will award prizes to design entries based on criteria including creativity, design efficiency, usefulness, originality and proof of concept. Prizes worth $25,000 include an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2011 MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, US.
Here are the highlights/important dates for your reference:
The NXP High Performance RF Design Challenge will take place in three phases:
- Phase I: Conceptual Design – January 10, 2011 to February 20, 2011
- Phase II: Hardware Design – February 28, 2011 to April 24, 2011
- Phase III: Prototype – May 2, 2011 to May 29, 2011
The Conceptual Design Phase requires an initial design, including an abstract, title and block diagram. Contestants receive a free HPRF Design Challenge kit once a valid entry has been submitted.
During the Hardware Design Phase, each contestant will develop and provide a proof of concept of a working prototype – for example, as a video or as a measurement report – as well as an accompanying bill-of-materials, schematics, layout file and other design-related material.
A group of finalists from EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas will enter the Final Prototype Phase, during which each contestant will be given an opportunity to polish his or her design in a regional NXP HPRF design lab, with transportation and accommodation costs covered by NXP.
For more information, head here: www.hprf-design-challenge.nxp.com
If you plan to participate, please comment below. And Good Luck! I'm looking forward to seeing the winners in Baltimore.