TI Announces Microcontroller BoosterPack Design Challenge


TI Announces Microcontroller BoosterPack Design Challenge

January 15, 2013 — Starting today, Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI), in collaboration with Mouser Electronics, is inviting engineers, university students and hobbyists in the United States to enter the TI MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge.

TI MCU BoosterPacks are plug-in modules that enable developers, students and hobbyists to add greater functionality and peripherals to one of three TI MCU LaunchPad evaluation platforms. Up to three winners will be flown to San Jose, Calf. to demonstrate their winning designs in the TI booth at DESIGN West 2013.

Winners may also have the opportunity to have their original BoosterPack plug-in module designs considered for manufacture by CircuitCo Electronics.

The MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge is an opportunity for innovators to design a creative BoosterPack that exhibits a unique feature or compelling functionality that is not currently offered in the market. Makers can design a BoosterPack leveraging the differentiated features of any of the three TI MCU LaunchPad evaluation kits:

MSP430 LaunchPad, C2000 LaunchPad and Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad.

The TI MCU LaunchPad ecosystem lets engineers design easy-to-use, modular boards targeted at low-power, real-time control and connectivity applications.

BoosterPack plug-in modules enable greater functionality, flexibility, peripherals and scalability to easily extend LaunchPad’s capabilities with LCD, LED lighting, capacitive touch, motor control, Bluetooth and more..


TI MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge guidelines

Challenge participants will have until March 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. CST, to submit an original design online. Several of the requirements include:

  • Providing a schematic and a brief, written description of the BoosterPack design.
  • Designing a BoosterPack with bill-of-materials (BoM) not exceeding $40 USD and conforming to the BoosterPack pin-out standard.
  • Uploading the project to either Google Drive or Github online file sharing systems.
  • Recording a video describing the BoosterPack idea and uploading it to YouTube.

After the challenge deadline, a judging panel consisting of individuals from TI, Mouser and CircuitCo will determine the three contest winners. The online community can show their support via Facebook Likes and the Make the Switch forum. Winners will be announced March 22, 2013. Entities affiliated with this contest include TI, Mouser, CircuitCo, Total Phase, Anaren, 43oh.com and Olimex LTD.

Go to the TI website for more information about this contest and to submit an original BoosterPack design. For the avoidance of doubt, TI will not be under any obligation to manufacture any BoosterPack plug-in module designs.

Posted by: John Miklosz

Go to the Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) website for details.