Welcome to the Lattice MachXO2 “Do-it-All PLD” Design Challenge

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The objective of this four month, three-phase Design Challenge is to foster an online social community where contestants can display their design ideas to the electronics engineering community using the Lattice MachXO2 Pico Development Kit. A panel of Lattice and EDN judges will choose up to fifteen Semifinalists, and then up to five Finalists. Community Members will then vote for a Grand Prize Winner, who will be awarded $3,000!

Registered Community Members who vote for designs during the final phase are eligible to be selected at random to win one of ten $100 prizes. Read the complete details for prizes and contest rules and regulations, here

Only United States residents are eligible to be contestants. If you live in a country other than the United States, you may become a Community Member and vote on designs, but you will not be eligible for prizes.

Contestants who do not reach the Concept phase remain Community Members and can still vote for other contestants and qualify for member prizes. Register as a Community Member starting June 13, 2011.

The approximate retail price of prizes to community members and contestants is in excess of $5,000! 

Challenge Overview

The Lattice “Do-it-All PLD” Design Challenge is organized into three phases: Conceptual Design, Design and Final Voting. Each Phase has new requirements for contestants, and the Judges and Community Members will determine the winners of each phase. Winners of each phase earn valuable prizes!

(1) Phase One: Conceptual Design Phase –Each Contestant will develop a conceptual design, including a title and abstract of no more than 750 words, and upload a word document to the Contest Website. The Conceptual Design Phase is open to new contestants from June 6, 2011 (the “Start Date”) until frozen on August 1, 2011 at 8 a.m. EDT (the “Entry Deadline”). If all required elements are not submitted before the “freeze” time, contestant’s status will revert back to Community Member. Up to fifteen contestants from this Phase will be chosen as Semifinalists by the contest Judges and will be announced on or about August 15, 2011. All remaining contestants are still eligible to be Community Members, vote for winners and are eligible for prizes. Semifinalists will receive a MachXO2 Pico Development Kit ($49 value).

(2) Phase Two: Design Phase – Semifinalist contestants from the Conceptual Design Phase will enter the Design Phase. During the Design Phase, each contestant will be required to complete a Product Brief document (up to 1000 words) and block diagram, all of which must be uploaded by the contestants to the contest website before the entries are frozen on September 9, 2011 at 8 a.m. EDT. If all required elements are not submitted before the freeze time, contestant status will revert back to Community Member. Up to five contestants from this Phase will be chosen by the Judges as Finalists, announced on or about September 19, 2011.

(3) Phase Three: Voting Phase –Contestants from the Design Phase selected as Finalists will enter the Voting Phase. During this last Phase, Community Members will vote for the Best Design, (one vote per Community Member). The Design with the most votes at the conclusion of the Voting Phase (September 30, 2011), will be announced as the Grand Prize winner and awarded $3,000.

Community Members who vote on at least one design will be entered in a drawing, and ten Community Members will be chosen at random and each will be awarded one $100 prize.

The Contestant Grand Prize winner and Community Members winners of the random drawing will be announced on October 4, 2011 on the Lattice Design Contest Website.