Digi-Key and Freescale have designs on creativity

07 May 2014

The distributor joins with Freescale and ARM in the Design with Freedom Contest, using new development platforms and online CAD tools.

The trio is encouraging  the European engineering community to submit hardware product innovations and foster creativity in online board-level product design.  Contestants can choose among any of the 14 Freescale Freedom Development Platforms, including the Kinetis E versions and the Xtrinsic portfolio of sensors as well as the newly released FRDM-K64F board.

Prototype entries need to be built with one of Freescale’s Freedom cost-effective development platforms, using Digi-Key’s complimentary Scheme-it online design software to choose a block-level circuit design. Once approved, contestants can move to the next level where they are required to submit their design prototype overview along with an image or video.  Participants must use the Freescale Freedom board for their product design although they may choose to use their own board or they can purchase one from the Digi-Key. Although only one board is required, bonus points will be awarded for use of multiple Freescale devices in the design.

Convergence Promotions, the leader in ARM core-based programs, Aspen Labs, the designer of Scheme-it, and EEWeb, a leading online electrical engineering community are collaborating to produce the Freedom Design Contest.

The contest is limited to entries submitted from EMEA-based engineers. The initial block designs must be submitted via Digi-Key’s Scheme-It online design tool by June 30. Then, the next-level prototypes are due September 15.

Prizes will be awarded at every stage of the contest, giving the engineers the ability to participate as time permits. A team of engineering and product design experts from Digi-Key, Freescale and ARM will judge the submissions, announcing the final prize winners at Electronica in Munich, Germany on November 11, 2014.


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