I was glad to see the STM32 Design Challenge go “live” on November 8. Contests like this are a good thing all around and particularly good for engineers who want to learn new skills, get recognition for their efforts, and have a chance to win prizes.
I have been involved in managing several design contests for different companies, ranging from Motorola SPS and VLSI Technology, to the IEEE Computer Society. The STM32 Design Challenge is a great contest to consider entering.
Here are some reasons why you should consider entering: The STM32 Design challenge focuses on the STM32 Cortex ARM-based microprocessor family. These chips can run as fast as 72 MHz; that - along with the ubiquity of ASM usage generally - will allow for some very creative and useful designs. Thanks to the ST development tool, the STM32 Discovery Kit, you won’t have a steep learning curve to develop your system. Also, the contestants will be organized into three technology segments – actually by memory size segments - consisting of “Small” (under 32-Kbytes), “Medium” (32-Kbytes to 256-Kbytes) and “Large” (256-Kbytes to 1-Mbyte). These three divisions should level the playing field among the designs.
The STM32 Discovery Kit contest platform incorporates a high performance ARM® Cortex™-M3 32-bit RISC core microcontroller, high speed embedded memories (1 Mbyte Flash memory and 96 Kbytes SRAM), two APB buses, three 12-bit ADCs, ten general-purpose 16-bit timers, two PWM timers, as well as standard and advanced communication interfaces. A PDF of the STM32 Discovery Download kit manual
There are several prizes to be won in this contest, totaling $10,000! There will be a winner for each of the three memory segments in each of the three phases of the contest, with a Grand Prize and three Honorable Mentions awarded at the end. Even if you don’t win the Grand Prize, you will have a chance to win a “phase” prize and you will have a good experience, increasing your knowledge in developing a STM32-based system. Even if you don’t have time to submit a design, you can always join the Community to provide feedback and Rate the designs. Community members are eligible for prizes in each phase based on their participation.
Get complete STM32 Design Challenge contest details here
Finally, give it your best shot. You never know. You may be the Grand Prize winner!