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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, etc.
  • Microcontroller projects featuring Digilent's PIC-based embedded control boards, developed in environments such as Microchip MPLAB, MPIDE, etc.
  • Custom ARM-based SoC design and application development projects using the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9-based ZedBoard Zynq-7000 Development Board, developed in environments such as Xilinx ISE Embedded Edition tools.
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 and ARM 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)

For more information about ARM's university program: www.arm.com/university.


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

  • Sep 20, 2012: Contest announcement
  • Oct 15, 2012: Registration begins
  • Dec 15, 2012: Registration ends, enrollment acceptance & hardware distribution
         process begins
  • Jan 11, 2013: Enrollment acceptance process ends
  • Apr 10, 2013: Pre-evaluation forms submission
  • May 12, 2013: Final projects submission
  • May 18-19, 2013: 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

EU region: Estonia

  • Nov 12, 2012: Contest announcement and registration begins
  • Feb 18, 2013: Registration ends, enrollment acceptance & hardware distribution process begins
  • Mar 31, 2013: Pre-evaluation forms submission
  • Apr 28, 2013: Final projects submission
  • May 3, 2013: Final presentations in Estonia
  • May 18-19, 2013: Final presentations in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

To register or receive more information, please visit http://www.ddc2013.eu

US region: Baltimore, MD

  • Sep 20th, 2012: Registration begins
  • Dec 1st, 2012: Registration ends, enrollment acceptance & hardware distribution
         process begins
  • Dec 20th, 2012: Enrollment acceptance process ends
  • Apr 1st–8th, 2013: Pre-evaluation report submission
  • Apr 29th–May 3rd, 2013: Submission for the final project reports and presentations
  • May 11th, 2013: Final presentations in Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

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

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

India: Bangalore, India

  • March 19th, 2013 : Contest announcement and registration begins
  • April 5th, 2013 : Stage 1 evaluation
  • May 20th , 2013: Stage 2 begins
  • First week of June, 2013: Final presentations in Bangalore, India

To register or receive more information, please visit:
http://www.coreel.com/CDDC/index.html
 
See our previous contests!



Suggested FPGA boards:

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

ZedBoard
Xilinx/ARM ZYNQ™-7000
AP SoC
 

Nexys 3
Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA

Suggested microcontroller boards:
chipKIT MAX32™
Microchip® PIC32 32-bit MCU
 

CEREBOT 32MX7cK
Microchip® PIC32 32-bit MCU

Useful peripherals:


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