The distributor is inviting design engineers to submit design projects built around a Microchip MCU or DSC for the competition which has various prizes valued at $7,000.
The competition entries should also use CadSoft Eagle version 6.
After registering on the element14 Community, users can submit a screenshot of their layout and add a description of their project on the competition page.
Users who do not have an EAGLE license can download a free 30-days trial version on www.element14.com/eagle-freemium to participate in the contest.
“The choice of MCU remains critical to most product developments so we are delighted to partner with CadSoft in the EAGLE Design Challenge,” said Mike McGlade, Channel Manager of Microchip.
The prizes are Dell Alienware M17x r3 + EAGLE version 6 Professional incl. all three modules; a Microchip – DV164037 – evaluation kit and DM163022-1 8-bit development board and Eagle Version 6 Professional incl. all three modules.
Visitors to the element14 website will be able to vote for the best designs. Then a judging panel consisting of CadSoft, Premier Farnell and Microchip representatives along with independent expert Prof. Dr. Francesco Volpe from the University of Applied Sciences in Aschaffenburg will pick the winners.
Judging criteria include clarity in description of the product, the electronic concept, the design complexity, the design quality and the functionality.
For more details and terms and conditions please visit: www.element14.com/eagle-competition