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Analog Design Contest Winners - Rice University!

TI's Engibous Analog Design Contest winners! $10,000 North Amera Engibous Prize
The 2011 Texas Instruments Engibous Analog Design Contest announces winner!

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Analog Design Contest – Texas Instruments Announces 2011 Engibous Prize Winner!
Rice University’s senior design team Electric Owl won the $10,000 cash prize for their full-custom set of avionics as a technology demonstration for an eventual unmanned aerial vehicle for exploring the surface of Mars. Starting with a stock balsa wood airframe, the team built an entire avionics system with fully redundant sensors, autopilot control, automatic failover to normal radio-controlled operation, digital telemetry, and integrated ground control software. For more information and videos from the other contestants, see
Robotics team chooses Stellaris® Jaguar for competition
Members of the FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 2468 from Westlake High School demonstrate their robot for the Logomotion™ game. They explain why they made the switch to the Stellaris® 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller’s Jaguar motor control module to help them easily program an agile robot for competition. If you have a university or high school competition team using TI technology, let us know! Email
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Highlights this quarter
Android development kit for Sitara™ ARM® Cortex™-A8 MPUs
TI makes it easy for you to develop on Android with the latest software development kits (SDKs) for Sitara™ ARM® MPUs including the AM35x, AM37x and OMAP35x with performance up to 1GHz and numerous peripherals to fit most embedded applications. SDKs are available for Éclair, FroYo and Gingerbread. Download and begin your development now.
Online MSP430 LaunchPad Technical Workshop includes Video Instruction
Powerpoints, code, labs and videos walk you through getting started with the amazing $4.30 MSP430 Launchpad. The workshop is a free, on-line, in-depth introduction into MSP430 basics including: Introduction to the microcontroller and Code Composer Studio IDE, Initialization and programming the GPIO, use of the ADC, interrupts and the timer as well as optimizing your code for low-power operation and using serial communications. A great resource for any student.
North America Analog Design Contest Now Open to All Universities in U.S. and Canada
TI’s Analog Design Contest is now in its 6th year, and for the first time undergraduate students from any accredited university in the U.S. and Canada can enter. To be eligible, students must be in a senior design course or other project course, and must build their project using either 3 TI analog ICs or 2 TI analog ICs and a TI processor. We fly the best teams, and their professors, to Dallas to compete for the Engibous Prize: $10,000 1st place, $7,500 2nd place, and $5,000 3rd place. Visit and encourage your students to enter.
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Tools and resources
Getting Started with StellarisWare Workshop Materials Online
The Stellaris® LM3S8962 Evaluation Kit provides a compact and versatile learning platform for Ethernet + CAN enabled Stellaris ARM® Cortex™-M3-based microcontrollers. Now with a free and on-line, in-depth introduction workshop providing you with the basics of working with the MCU and easy to use StellarisWare software, these materials can help you get started: Intro to peripherals, Code Composer Studio, Stellarisware, initialization, GPIO, interrupts, timer, ADC, PWM module, Ethernet and more. Each section steps through the usage, programming and testing of the peripherals covered.
Get coding your MSP430 MCU with GRACE
Grace is a graphical user interface plug-in to Code Composer Studio that allows peripheral set up within minutes. This will save much of the work of pouring through user guides and copying code examples and allow your students to focus on the more important aspects of coding applications on an MCU. This latest version of Grace has expanded support to the new MSP430G2xx3 Value Line devices, which feature capacitive touch I/O and hardware UART.
MSP430 Capacitive Touch Booster Pack
The Capacitive Touch BoosterPack (430BOOST-CAPTOUCH1) is a plug in board for the $4.30 MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430G2 – sold separately). This BoosterPack features several capacitive touch elements including a scroll wheel, button and proximity sensor. When paired with the LaunchPad kit, the Capacitive Touch BoosterPack provides a complete hardware and software reference design to enable developers to quickly and easily replace any physical button with a capacitive touch element.
TI offers smarter grid solutions, for now and for the future
Visit the smart grid website to access TI smart grid solutions which include a broad portfolio of systems products, software and tools for grid infrastructure, utility metering, communications and home or building automation development. Across the smart grid application spectrum, TI supports every stage of the design process, from device selection and software development to tools and system solutions.
TI spins motors ̵ with all new Motor Solutions Guide
TI combines more than 20 years of motor drive and control experience, a broad portfolio of analog and microcontroller products and a comprehensive offering of tools, software and support to deliver efficient, reliable, cost-effective motor solutions. Customers can get the right products at the right performance to quickly spin any motor, including AC Induction (ACIM), Brushed DC (BDC), Brushless DC (BLDC), Permanent Magnet Synchronous, and Stepper. Download our all NEW Motor Solutions Guide.
Get the Wireless Connectivity Selection Guide
Download TI’s new Wireless Connectivity Guide to view featured product overviews and selection tables for the industry’s broadest portfolio of wireless connectivity devices.
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Conferences and Events
Join Texas Instruments at Anaheim Tech Day, Oct 4
Attend a day packed with technical design seminars and IC training aimed at providing a learning forum for design engineers, professors and students, where practical high-performance solutions, tools and workshops are presented for analog and digital technologies. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with a number of Texas Instruments’ experts and gain valuable ideas for solving your technical. Register HERE.
Visit TI at Frontiers in Education (FIE) 2011, Oct 12-15
FIE in Rapid City, South Dakota has become the premiere conference for innovative curricula and engineering education and research excellence. TI’s University Program will be active at FIE Sign up now before spaces fill for Professor Mark Yoder’s (RHIT) Hands-On Tutorial or TI sponsored Workshop both providing hands-on guidance for teaching with Beagleboard. TI’s booth will include a rich variety of DSP, MCU, and Analog demos. Join us in South Dakota! Register HERE.
Recap: NIWeek, Aug 2-4
Earlier this month in Austin, Texas, National Instruments hosted NIWeek, the industry’s premier event on graphical system design that attracts more than 3,000 of the world’s brightest engineers, educators, and scientists. The event included three days of interactive technical sessions, targeted summits, hands-on workshops, and exhibitions on the latest developments for design, control, automation, manufacturing, and test. TI had a strong presence as a premiere sponsor of the show and presented popular DSP, MCU, and Analog demos.
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