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To develop innovative projects using Digilent products. These can be:
  • Digital design projects featuring Digilent's FPGA boards, developed in environments such as Xilinx ISE WebPack or ISE Foundation, National Instruments LabView, etc.
  • Microcontroller projects featuring Digilent's PIC-based embedded control boards, developed in environments such as Microchip MPLAB, MPIDE, etc.
This contest is open to all university students and will be held in a number of regions around the world. See below for the regional contest nearest you!
(Check back often as new regional contests will be announced in the following weeks.)




Digilent will be awarding generous prizes to the top finishers. Also, some participants will be awarded the Digilent hardware they used for their project as a prize.



The following are two well-received design contest seminars given by Digilent's own technical writer, Tom Isenberg. Past contestants have found these to be very helpful in the preparation of their presentations and written reports.

"Guidelines for Reports and Presentations": DOWNLOAD (ASF)
"Business Communications: Advice for New Engineers": DOWNLOAD (ASF)


Here are some samples of excellent submission from previous contests.

Presentation Sample - DigitalSynth: (PowerPoint)
Report Sample - FPGA for Life: (PDF)
Report Sample - DigitalSynth: (PDF)





EU region: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Nov 16, 2011 - Registration begins
  • Dec 23, 2011 - Registration ends
  • Dec 23-Jan 15, 2012 - Enrollment acceptance & hardware distribution begins
  • Jan 15-30, 2012 - Confirm the receipt of hardware
  • Apr 10-15, 2012 - Pre-evaluation report submission
  • Apr 25, 2012 - Approval of final project reports and presentations
  • May 7, 2012 - Submission of final project reports and presentations
  • May 12-13, 2012 - Final presentations in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Information Packet: This zip file contains the registration form, rules document, and guidelines & templates you'll need to submit your project.

EU Contest Poster

To register or receive more information: ContestEU@digilentinc.com


US region: Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Jan 25, 2012 - Registration begins
  • Feb 13, 2012 - Registration ends
  • Feb 23-Mar 1, 2012 - Hardware distribution
  • Apr 10-15, 2012 - Pre-evaluation report submission
  • May 1, 2012 - Submission of final project reports and presentations
  • May 6, 2012 - Final presentations in Indianapolis, IN

Information Packet: This zip file contains the registration form, rules document, and guidelines & templates you'll need to submit your project.

US Contest Poster

To register or receive more information: ContestUS@digilentinc.com


Shanghai, China

  • Mar 18-April 30: Registration
  • May 25–May 26: Pre-evaluation report submission
  • May 28: Announcement of teams entering final presentation
  • June 8: Final presentation in Shanghai Software Industry Innovation Park




 
See our previous contests!



Suggested FPGA boards:

Basys 2
Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA
(100K or 250K gates)
 

Nexys 3
Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA
 

Atlys
Xilinx Spartan®-6 FPGA

Suggested microcontroller boards:
chipKIT MAX32™
Microchip® PIC32 32-bit MCU, based on the Arduino™ platform
 

CEREBOT 32MX7
Microchip® PIC32 32-bit MCU

Useful peripherals:


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