LONDON – NXP Semiconductors NV is inviting RF engineers and students worldwide to submit creative application ideas for RF power components. It has opened registration for a competition with prizes worth $25,000.
RF power transistors are used in telecommunications, aerospace and broadcast infrastructure, as well as various industrial, scientific and medical applications. As RF LDMOS technology has become more powerful, rugged and cost-effective, this has in turn enabled new applications such as RF-driven lamps.
The NXP HPRF Design Challenge will award prizes to design entries based on criteria including creativity, design efficiency, usefulness, originality and proof of concept. The prizes include an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2011 MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, which takes place June 5 to 10.
The challenge takes place in three phases: conceptual design takes place up until February 20, hardware design should be completed by April 24 and in the third phase a prototype should be produced by May 29.
The conceptual 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 region will be selected to 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.
The top three finalists will have an all-expenses-paid trip to IMS2011 and the grand prize will include a $3,000 Apple Store voucher.
"The goal of our HPRF design challenge is to inspire talented RF engineers to think creatively and bring RF power to new and interesting application areas. In other words: be daring. Surprise us and we'll support you in bringing your concepts to life," said John Croteau, senior vice president and general manager, high performance RF and power lighting solutions for NXP.
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