Freescale Announces 2009 FTF Design Challenge

Registration for the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Design Challenge Americas is now open online. The design paper deadline is Dec. 19, 2008. With the FTF Design Challenge, Freescale invites the engineering community to find creative ways to use less energy, limit the environmental impact of existing products and create new products that help to improve the environment. Participants will create their designs using solutions from the company’s broad product portfolio. Participants retain ownership of their designs.

Participants who pass a challenge quiz become eligible to order a complimentary or discounted hardware tool, valued from $50 – $2,600 (USD), depending on the technology they select. These participants also will receive limited access to Professional CodeWarrior® tools, a software package valued at $4,995.

This year, participants will have access to virtual labs for developing code for an application. The Challenge includes an online community for participants to share design challenges and solutions as well as an opportunity to rate each others designs.

The top ten semi-finalists will receive $1,000 each to produce prototypes of their ideas. Three finalists will then be chosen at FTF Americas with the first place winner of the Americas Challenge receiving $10,000, the second place winner receiving $5,000 and the third place winner receiving $2,000. FTF Americas takes place June 22-25, 2009 in Orlando, Fla.

The Americas Challenge is open to engineers and students in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, United States, Canada and Mexico. All entries for the Americas FTF Design Challenge must be submitted online by December 19, 2008.

Freescale is hosting the FTF Design Challenge in the Americas, Japan, Europe, India and China to reward the most inventive green embedded designs with tools, cash prizes and high-profile recognition at FTF.

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2007 sales of $5.7 billion (USD).

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