UPDATE: The deadline for the STM32 Design Challenge has passed, but you can see the phase-1 winners by clicking here.
You still have time to enter the STM32 Design Challenge: January 10, 2011 is the deadline!
Driving home from the South Austin COSTCO this afternoon, I noticed a billboard promoting the Texas Lottery. I am sure most states have a lottery of one sort or another. “Lucky numbers” notwithstanding, there is only one way you can improve your chances of winning the Texas Lottery: buy additional tickets. The STM32 Design Challenge has other methods of improving your chances of winning.
First, entrants to the STM32 Design Challenge will receive a Discovery Kit for STM32 Design Challenge. This kit greatly simplifies turning your great concept into a great working design. The kit includes the 72 MHz STM32F103 XL-Density Performance Line microcontroller with 1 Mbyte of embedded Flash, 96 Kbytes of RAM, and an in-circuit ST-Link debugger/programmer to debug Discovery applications and other target applications. 1 Mbyte is a pretty big Flash. This should enable a lot of design creativity and functionality. Additionally, the design contest is supported by three excellent Development Tool suppliers: Atollic, IAR and Keil – at no cost to the contestant. Please go to the contest Resource Page for further details, and to select the Development Tool best suited for your design.
Before you leave this page, be sure to review the other links to Application Notes and Embedded Firmware that could be useful for your design.
US$10,000 in prizes in total will be awarded. There will be several winners, but your entry must be submitted and received no later than January 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. For all the details on the contest go here.
Finally, I started this message with a comment on “luck.” Spend a minute and review the judges' bios
All of these guys have technology backgrounds, and are senior people in the industry. They are going to pick the winners based on the criteria in the rules, not at random. “Luck” is not a factor. You can improve your chances of winning by submitting a great entry.
I won’t wish you “good luck”, but rather “good designing.”