Microchip 16-bit Embedded Control Design Contest

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that it has partnered with Circuit Cellar Magazine to launch the “Microchip 16-bit Embedded Control Design Contest”. Engineers have until October 16, 2007 to win their share of the $15,000 in prizes and gain international recognition for their ingenuity in designing with the over 90 16-bit PIC24 microcontrollers and dsPIC(R) Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) that are commercially available today. Contestants can also win bonus points within the three primary and seven subcategory prize categories by using any of 17 eligible Microchip analog, communication and memory devices in conjunction with a Microchip 16-bit controller.

The first step is to request a free sample kit. Sample kits include four 28-pin 16-bit controllers with a wide range of features; 17 bonus parts — including some of Microchip’s best analog, communication and memory devices; and a contestant resource CD containing a full software development suite, including the fully-enabled Special Contest Edition MPLAB(R) C30 C compiler, free software comprising application libraries, application notes, code examples, stacks, RTOSs and webinars, and coupons for steep discounts on five different Microchip development tools.

“I’m wowed by the opportunities afforded our audience through the Microchip 16-bit Embedded Control Design Contest,” said Steve Ciarcia, editorial director and founder of Circuit Cellar Magazine. “Not only will our co-sponsor distribute a wide range of chips for guys like me to abuse, I know that the greater design community will have a field day designing with this ubiquitous brand.”

The primary prize categories include $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,750 for first place. Subcategory prizes consist of the following seven $750 awards:

1. Effective Use of SMPS Resources (for example, resources found on dsPIC30F2020)
2. Effective Use of Motor Control Resources (for example, resources found on dsPIC30F2010)
3. Use of Smart Sensing Methodologies
4. Connected (Communications) Applications
5. Effective Use of Peripheral Pin Select (for example, resources found on PIC24FJ64GA002)
6. Effective Use of DSP technology (found on all dsPIC DSCs)
7. Best Use of Bonus Parts (see list of 17 eligible Microchip devices, below)

The eligible Microchip bonus parts, which must be used with one or more Microchip 16-bit controllers, are included in the free contest sample kit and consist of the following:


  • MCP9700 Voltage Output Temp Sensor
  • MCP9800 Serial Output Temp Sensor
  • TC4427A Low-Side MOSFET Driver
  • MCP608 Precision, Dual Op Amp
  • MCP6022 10-MHz, Dual Op Amp
  • MCP6S26 6-Channel PGA
  • MCP3421 18-bit Del-Sig ADC
  • MCP4011 6-bit, Volatile Digipot

Communications Peripherals:

  • ENC28J60 10BASE-T SPI Ethernet Controller
  • MRF24J40 IEEE 802.15.4(TM) RF Transceiver


  • 24LC01BT-I/OT 1-Kb I2C(TM) Serial EEPROM
  • 24LC16BT-I/OT 16-Kb I2C Serial EEPROM
  • 24LC512-I/SM 512-Kb I2C Serial EEPROM
  • 93LC46BT-I/OT 1-Kb Microwire Serial EEPROM
  • 93LC66B-I/SN 4-Kb Microwire Serial EEPROM
  • 25LC010A-I/SN 1-Kb SPI Serial EEPROM
  • 25LC256-I/SN 256-Kb SPI Serial EEPROM

Microchip Customer Support
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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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