Last night at a Renesas DevCon dinner event, Renesas and roster of partners announced an RX microcontroller (MCU) design contest that will use the RX62N Renesas Demonstration Kit that I wrote about earlier this week. The contest will in total offer $110,000 in cash and prizes. Moreover, Renesas has 1000 RDKs that it will distribute for free to engineers that want to compete. Final judging will happen live at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA next May.
Go to the RX Design Contest homepage and you can find everything that you need to participate. You will finds rules, registration info, more information about the prizes, a section devoted to software downloads and support, and more information about the RDK.
Since I wrote about the RX62N RDK earlier in the week, Renesas has also posted more information about what really triples as an evaluation, demonstration, and development platform. There is an RDK information page on the Renesas web site. Moreover the company has created an information and forum page on the Renesas Rulz developer community site where developers and contest participants can share information.
Back to the contest, I’ll have the privilege of serving as one of the judges. In addition Dave Jones of EEVblog fame will participate as a judge. And Both Dave and I will also chronicle the progression of the contest stages and events through our respective Internet forums.
As I told the crowd last night, I think the RX MCU and the RDK platform make an excellent basis for a contest. I look forward to seeing how participants leverage the multiple buses, fast Flash, and optimized instruction set of the RX. Moreover the peripherals on the RX62N CPU combined with the additional features of the RDK board – all of which I covered in the RDK post – will enable innovative and compelling contest entries.
The RDK also includes compelling demonstrations than can jumpstart your design work. For example there is even a motor-control demo that uses the ring of LEDs on the board to simulate the phases of a motor drive.
Partners in the contest include Micrium, RoweBots, Segger, Micron, IAR Systems, CMX Systems, and TotalPhase.