Xilinx Announces Winners of Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest

At an awards ceremony held this week, Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced the winners of its inaugural Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest, launched in June 2007 for engineering students at Chinese universities. The innovation contest is the first of its kind to establish an open source hardware community (OSHC) for senior undergraduates, masters and doctoral-level engineering students in mainland China designing with industry-leading FPGA platforms.

A panel of seven judges awarded 17 prizes to the winners for designs in industrial control, multimedia, telecom, consumer electronics and surveillance applications. The winning submissions were selected from 200 design teams made up of more than 1000 student participants. Contestants submitted online entries to http://www.openhw.org from June through September 2007. Winning entries scored highest with a panel of seven judges from academia, industry and government for practicality, creativity and teamwork.

“The enthusiasm this year’s contest has generated with young engineers is a testament to the tremendous talent at leading universities in China,” said Michael Wu, country manager for Xilinx China. “Given the success of our inaugural program, Xilinx is committed to continued collaboration with the China Institute of Electronic (CIE) in the coming years to encourage innovation with next-generation FPGA designers through the Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest.”

“We’re impressed by the breadth and depth of creativity exhibited by hundreds of design teams this year — and the incredible support provided by our long-time partners in academia, industry and government,” added Patrick Lysaght, senior director for the Xilinx University Program (XUP). “Programs such as this will play a key role in driving business and technology innovation in China by fostering communication, contribution and sharing within the open source hardware community.”

Winning teams were awarded prizes, cash and free training courses through the Extension Courses for Electronic Design, provided by the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE). The winning teams are:

  • 1st place Winner
    • Tian Yun, Xu Wenbo, Hu Bin and Gu Tao from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, “WCDMA System Digital Frequency Interference Canceller”
  • 2nd Place Winners
    • Design team led by Deng Qingxu of the Embedded Laboratory of Northeastern University Software and Theory Institute, “FPGA Dynamic Part Reconfiguration Technology Based Surveillance System for Thermal Power Plan”
    • Wang Yuguo, Tian Wei, Wang Chunqiu, Kang Weiguo, with directing professors Li Yunsong and Lei Jie of Xidian University, “The Reconfigurable Hardware Measure and Control Platform Based on Web Server”
  • 3rd Place Winners
    • Hai Ming, and Hai Shan of Dalian University of Technology, “Designing and Validating a 32-bit Synthesizable RISC CPU Core”
    • Zou Shilei, Mei Yu, Zhao Wenfeng, Wang Peng, Chenqian, Sun Biao, with directing professor Jiang Jianjun from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, “Distributed Data Acquisition”
    • Zhang Zhihui, Wang Bo, Liu Juntao, Li Xiaofei, with directing professor Zhang Yongjun from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, “FPGA Based TMPLS Network Design”
    • Zhang Shuai, Zhu Junchcao, Zhang Yijia, Yu Qing from Dalian University of Technology, “Using FPGA to Design and Realize Encryption System Based on Chaotic Encryption Algorithm and Combined with Multi-Level Shuffle Exchange Network”
    • Sui Yongsheng, Wang Pengda, Moazhen, Shiying, Li Xinxin from Dalian University of Technology, “FPGA based Liner CCD Color Election System”
    • Deng Jiajia, Qian Ruishuo, Zhang Weiwei from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, “FPGA Based Firewall System”
  • Merit Winners
    • Design teams from Anhui University, Xi’An Jiaotong University, Dalian University of Technology, Xidian University, Chengdu Electronic and Technology University, Harbin Engineering University and Chinese University of Science and Technology.
  • Individual Winners
    • Most Creative, Northeastern University for “FPGA Dynamic Part Reconfiguration Technology Based Surveillance System for Thermal Power Plan”
    • People’s Choice, Shanghai Jiaotong University, “FPGA-Based Hardware Platform Associated with a Surgery Navigation System”
    • Best Director Professor, Li Yunsong of Dalian University of Technology and Li Mingwei of Xidian University

Notably, winning entries accompanied by innovative business proposals are now under consideration for further investment by the Xilinx Asia Pacific Technology Fund and local venture capital firms, such as Wuxi Venture Capital and Taiwan Global Venture Capital Management Consultants.

About the Xilinx Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest in Mainland China
This year’s inaugural Open Source Hardware Innovation Contest is a cooperative effort between academia, government and industry in mainland China. Its goals are to: drive business and technology innovation; foster communication, contribution and sharing within the open source community; and accelerate the development of hardware intellectual property.

The contest is co-hosted by the Xilinx and the Chinese Institute of Electronics. All the participating teams received donations of FPGA development systems and design software through the Xilinx University Program. The list of sponsoring partners included: Shanghai Ultrawise Co. Ltd. (AUTC); SEED International Ltd.; and Iridium Ltd; Xilinx distributors Avnet and NuHorizons; IBM; National Instruments; International Digital & Embedded Technology Certificate Org. (IDETCO); Tokyo Electron Device (Shanghai) Limited; Excelpoint; Wuxi New District Information Industry Science and Technology Park Administration; Wuxi National IC Design Base Co. Ltd; EEFocus (www.eefocus.com); and Embedded Online (www.mcuol.com).

The seven-member panel of judges included: Xu Beijing, director of CIE; Professor Peng Chenglian, Fudan Computing and Information Technology School of Information Science and Engineering Department; Professor Sun Hongbo, Beijing Electronic Science and Technology Institute of the Office of Academic Degrees Committee of the State; Professor Zhou Jianjiang, Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics; Professor Ji Zhicheng, Jiangnan University; Chen Hao, General Manager of Ultrawise Corp.; and Kevin Xie, Xilinx China University Manager.

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