MSP 430

The Challenge
How to Get Started
Contest Judging
How to Win
Prizes
Entry Requirements
Eligibility
Deadlines
Sponsorship
Legal Notices
Rule Updates
2002 MSP430 Gadget-O-Rama Design Contest

The Challenge
Are you ready to implement your next great MCU design idea? Why not enter the MSP430 ultra-low-power Flash MCU design contest? Designs are not limited to any category of application -- just select from any device from TI's family of MSP430 ultra-low-power Flash microcontrollers and high-performance analog products to enable your design!

Some Possible Application Areas Include:
•  Utility Metering (gas, water, electric)
•  Portable Instrumentation (glucose meters, heart-rate monitors, thermometers)
•  Intelligent Sensing (security systems, smoke detectors, electronic tags)

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How To Get Started
No purchase is required to enter the TI MSP430 Design Contest.

To Register:
•  E-mail your name, company name, mailing address and phone number to gadgetorama2002@nutsvolts.com and
•  Visit www.ti.com/sc/msp430 to access all of the product informational resources required to make your design entry a success!

Additional References:
•  Databooks and other technical documentation
•  Samples
•  Development Tools

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Contest Judging
Independent judges from the Nuts & Volts editorial staff and academia will have full responsibility for selecting winning designs. Winners will be determined based on originality, feasibility, manufacturability and how well and extensively the design utilizes the MSP430's trademark ultra-low-power and integrated analog peripherals. No employee of Texas Instruments or its agents will be permitted to see, review or judge any of the entries. All decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be notified on or before December 31, 2002.

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How To Win
Entries will be judged based on originality, innovation and use of Texas Instruments MSP430 ultra-low-power Flash microcontrollers and other TI products. Components used in final design do not necessarily have to be manufactured by Texas Instruments, but judges will give additional credit for TI content. All entries must be designed with existing commercially available components. No hypothetical or "mystery" parts allowed. All submissions must contain sufficient detail to allow the construction and testing of the entry. Entries must be more than a high-level block diagram. Each entry must include a brief description/synopsis of the application circuit. This description must not contain any intellectual property and Nuts & Volts/TI shall have the right to publish this description.

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Prizes
Texas Instruments will award a total of $10,000 (USD):
•  1st place winner receives $5,500
•  2nd place winner receives $3,000
•  3rd place winner receives $1,500

No checks or prizes will be issued to U.S. residents until a Social Security number is submitted. All winners will be notified in December of 2002, as well as featured in the January 2003 issue of Nuts & Volts.

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Entry Requirements
Contestants should submit the below items by October 31, 2002 via mail to:

MSP430 Design Contest Entry
Nuts & Volts
430 Princeland Court
Corona, CA 92879
Attn: Robin Lemieux

•  A completed entry form.
•  A publishable, technically descriptive, abstract in Microsoft® Word® or ASCII text, including a hardcopy (approx. 500 words) and block diagram of the design. Every entry must contain an abstract with either a block diagram or a schematic in digital format (please include a disk that contains the abstract and diagram). If the abstract of any entry does not contain a block diagram, then the project schematic will be deemed part of the abstract when used for publication purposes.
•  Complete and legible schematics of the hardware used.
•  Complete documentation of the project and its operation, including software, flowcharts and diagrams (where appropriate). In addition, entrants must submit fully compatible source code digitally (send four [4] copies on 3.5" disks [1 copy per judge]).
•  Four (4) copies of all documentation (1 copy per judge)
•  Four (4) identical photographs of the completed project (1 copy set per judge) All entries must include a photo of the project. Submissions must contain 4 copies of any prints that are sent. Note: Do not send the physical project unless you are notified as being a winner.

Contestants may enter more than one project but must submit each as a separate entry. There should be no personal identification or corporate affiliation markings on ANY of the submitted material. Your name, address, or corporate affiliation should appear ONLY ON THE ENTRY FORM. Contestants who leave their names in headers, footers, table of contents pages, schematics, etc. may be disqualified.

All core hardware must be Texas Instruments brand (check eligible components here).

All entries must be received on or before October 31, 2002. Entries received after this deadline are deemed ineligible.

We encourage all contestants to seek patents for any unique or proprietary aspects of the design prior to submission. The design remains the intellectual property of the contestant. To avoid additional shipping and organizational difficulties, all copies of entry documentation become the property of Nuts & Volts and will not be returned. Source code submitted with any entry remains the property of the entrant and is not distributed except to the judges nor it is published without the entrant's specific permission.

Only winning projects must be shipped to Nuts & Volts (postal address below). The contestant bears all responsibility for shipping and insuring their winning entry to Nuts & Volts. If you are chosen as a winner, we will contact you with all the details on how you need to ship your project to us. Projects will be returned once the winning entry is photographed. In the event of logistical problems in sending your completed project to us, special arrangements can be made among Nuts & Volts, Texas Instruments, and the winner as a follow-up alternative.

All contestants entering projects in Texas Instruments MSP430 Design Contest agree to assign Nuts & Volts exclusive first-publication and nonexclusive full-publication rights of the contest project if they win any monetary award and if Nuts & Volts elects to publish it. If the project is published as a separate article in Nuts & Volts or Nuts & Volts Online, the contestant will be paid at standard Nuts & Volts Press remuneration. All contestants entering projects in the Texas Instruments MSP430 Design Contest assign to Nuts & Volts and Texas Instruments the right to publish (print or electronic/Internet media) the submitted project abstract. Prior publication or the prior Internet posting of essential ingredients in an entry is not a disqualification. The publication rights described herein refer only to the physical materials presented as a MSP430 contest entry.

Contest rules are subject to change. Check RULE UPDATES for any rule changes.

Address all correspondence concerning the contest to:

MSP430 Design Contest
Nuts & Voltso 430 Princeland Court
Corona, CA 92879
Attn: Robin Lemieux

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Eligibility
Any individual or group of individuals residing in the United States and 18 years of age or older may enter, except employees of Nuts & Volts, Texas Instruments, its agents or distributors or its subsidiaries and their immediate families and those with whom they are domiciled. The contest is void where prohibited by law.

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Deadlines
Design entries must be postmarked by midnight October 31, 2002.
Winners will be announced on or before December 31, 2002.

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Sponsorship
The Design Contest is being conducted by Nuts & Volts and exclusively sponsored by Texas Instruments. Your entry does not become property of Nuts & Volts or Texas Instruments.

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Legal Notice
Texas Instruments is solely responsible for the payment and distribution of all prizes and monetary awards. The prizes will be awarded and mailed to the winners. There will be no substitution for prizes other than as offered. Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. The winners agree that signing the contest entry form constitutes an affidavit of eligibility and agreement to the terms and conditions of entry as stated above. The winners will be notified by mail, e-mail, and/or telephone on or about December 31, 2002. The judges' decision is final. If a winner fails to respond within 30 days of notification, an alternate winner will be selected. Prizes are not transferable.
•  No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law, odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Each prize will be awarded. No substitution for prizes other than as offered. Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Prizes are not transferable.
•  The winners will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, liability release and grant permission to use their name and likeness for advertising promotion within 21 days of notification or an alternative winner will be selected.
•  No responsibility is assumed for lost, late or misdirected entries. Awarding of a prize does not constitute an endorsement by Nuts & Volts or TI of the design or approach.
•  Direct employees of Nuts & Volts or Texas Instruments, their affiliates, advertising, promotion, production agencies, members of their immediate families, or those with whom they are domiciled are not eligible.
•  By entering, players release Nuts & Volts and Texas Instruments, its agents, and hosting service from all liability with respect to the use of the prizes awarded herein, agree to be bound by these rules, and consent to the use of their names and likeness for advertising and/or promotional and/or marketing purposes without additional compensation. Nuts & Volts and Texas Instruments are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information including, but not limited to, technical malfunctions, human error, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, entry materials that have been tampered with, or e-mail or mail-in entries that are illegible, late, lost, damaged, postage due, or misdirected. Nuts & Volts and Texas Instruments are not responsible for any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any material in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void. Nuts & Volts and Texas Instruments reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this contest if it becomes technically corrupted or if for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infections by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Texas Instruments or Nuts & Volts, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this promotion. This contest shall be governed by the laws of the United States.
•  For a copy of prize-winning names, available after December 31, 2002, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: "The TI MSP430 Design Contest", Nuts & Volts, 430 Princeland Court, Corona, CA 92879, Attention Robin Lemieux.

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Rule Updates
Any individual or group of individuals residing in the United States and 18 years of age or older may enter, except employees of Nuts & Volts, Texas Instruments, its agents or distributors or its subsidiaries and their immediate families and those with whom they are domiciled. The contest is void where prohibited by law.

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