MEMS design contest posts $5,000 first prize

November 12, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Cadence, X-Fab, Coventor and Reutlingen University, the sponsors of a two-year worldwide MEMS design contest have announced the opening of registration and that the winning team will get $5,000 in cash.

The contest, which was announced in March 2016 (see Design contest aims to advance MEMS ) is intended to encourage the development of innovativem MEMS and mixed-signal designs.

The first-prize winner will receive a $5000 cash award, have their design manufactured at X-Fab's wafer fab get a free one-year license to Coventor's MEMS design software. The second and third prize winners will receive $2,000 and $1,000 cash prizes respectively, along with a tour of X-Fab's foundry. The contest registration is open until December 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced at the Cadence user conference, CDNLive EMEA, in Munich, Germany, in 2018. The key dates for the contest are:

December 31, 2016: Entry deadline

March 1, 2017: Entry acceptance notification; design phase starts

December 31, 2017: Design submission deadline

February 28, 2018: Prize announcements

CDNLive EMEA 2018: Awards ceremony

Design teams are encouraged to enter the contest at http://info.coventor.com/mems-design-contest-2018.

"All four organizations behind this effort are committed to furthering the integration of MEMS design, mixed-signal design and device fabrication," said Stephen Breit, vice president of engineering at Coventor, in a statement.

The organizers will provide free training workshops to help participating design teams become familiar with the design tools, methodologies and process technologies needed to create their MEMS and mixed-signal designs. Participants will also receive free access to various IP blocks that can be used as part of their design such as digital SC, I/Os, RAM and ROM blocks.

Related links and articles:

www.cadence.com

www.xfab.com

www.coventor.com

www.reutlingen-university.de

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