ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HEADS ASSOCIATION

November 2014

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TI, Mouser Sponsor Collegiate Engineering Challenge

By Mouser Electronics

       Mouser Electronics Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, has teamed with Texas Instruments to create an opportunity for engineering students to get some invaluable real-life experience in electronic design and problem solving, and perhaps win some serious money in the process.

       TI, a global semiconductor company and a recognized leader in the industry, is now accepting entries for the North American Texas Instruments Contest – Innovation Challenge. Mouser is an exclusive partner in sponsorship of the event. To learn more, visit http://www.mouser.com/ti-innovation-challenge-2014.

        The design contest is designed to encourage engineering students in North America to submit design projects that utilize TI technology. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best entries as determined by the judges. There is no cost to enter and each entrant or team will receive a $200 coupon from Texas Instruments to help defray the cost of components.

        Prizes range from $1000 to the grand prize of $10,000.

         Last year’s grand prize winner was Aaron Bonnell-Kangas of Ohio State University. He designed and built a Battery Interface Module, a 36-cell-capable lithium-ion battery monitoring circuit designed for an electric road racing motorcycle

       The contest is open to individuals and teams of up to five students at universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada, excluding Quebec. To compete, students must use two or more TI analog ICs and a TI Processor in their design project.

       Entrants must be currently registered as a full- or part-time graduate or undergraduate student in engineering at an accredited college or university with an engineering school. An engineering professor must sign off on the entry form.

        The contest already is under way. It will end at 11:59 p.m. (CST) on May 24, 2015.

        Entries will be judged on five criteria: originality and creativity of design, real world application, level of engineering analysis, usage of TI ICs and processors and working demonstration of design in a video. A maximum of 10 points will be awarded in each of the five categories.

       The grand prize is $10,000. Second place is $7,500. Third place gets $5,000. Prizes of $1000 will be awarded in each of 10 categories: best use of TI wireless connectivity, most innovative automotive application, most innovative home automation application, best video demonstration, best humanitarian impact, best chance at commercialization, best use of entire TI portfolio, most unique concept, most “environmentally green” and most effective power solution using TI’s Webench.

        As an authorized distributor for TI, Mouser stocks the widest selection of TI's newest components and development tools while providing same-day shipping around the world. For more information, visit http://www.mouser.com/ti/. Mouser is an avid supporter of ECEDHA and the education community.

       Texas Instruments designs and manufactures analog technologies, digital signal processing, and microcontroller semiconductors. TI is a leader in semiconductor solutions for analog and digital embedded and applications processing. The global global semiconductor company innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI sponsors similar contests in Europe, India, Korea, China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

       Each entrant or team is limited to one design entry. All design ideas must incorporate the use three different TI devices, integrated circuits (“ICs”) and a TI processor. Analog ICs must come from the following categories: (1) data converters; (2) amplifiers; (3) power management devices; (4) interface devices; (5) switches; (6) RF devices; (7) temperature sensors; (8) clocks and timers; and (9) comparators. All TI processors are accepted. Other TI devices may be incorporated into the design, but only those integrated circuits in the categories above will be counted toward the IC Requirements.

       Entrants may use the $200 coupon to obtain an EVM for use in connection with the contest. Limit one coupon per entrant and per design team. ICs may be obtained free of charge via TI Sample Program on www.ti.com (subject to TI Store terms of use). Any entries that do not comply with the device requirements will be ineligible. Texas Instruments will notify winners by email on or about July 1, 2015. A list of winners will be posted on July 29, 2015.

      Winners may be invited to the TI Innovation Challenge Finals award ceremony in July 27-28 in Dallas, but are not required to be present to win. The prize will be awarded by September 30, 2015. 

        A team from Rice University won second place last year with their Motion Path Analysis Tool for Cerebral Palsy Patients. Third place went to a team from the University of Florida for their Universal Interface Cube, a device created to make even the most complex home entertainment system easy enough for your grandmother to use.

        Encourage your departments to visit Mouser.com to learn more about this exciting opportunity for students. Visit http://www.mouser.com/ti-innovation-challenge-2014.



 
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