Quick-fire, 20-minute Design Contest; Silego's “High Noon October 22nd GPAK Shootout”

October 22, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Yesterday's EDN Europe Newsletter included notification of new software design features from Silego for its GPAK programmable mixed-signal array chips; today, at 18:00 CET (5pm BST) the company has a “live” Design Contest that it says will take around 20 minutes, with a $500 prize.

Most IC design contests, Silego says, involve months of effort, extensive reports and data collection, but not Silego Technology’s: the $500 20-minute GPAK Shootout design contest is conceived as a “lunch hour” exercise (for those on Pacific Daylight time, hence “high noon”). You can compete to win $500 by being the fastest engineer, or finish to earn other prizes.

At the appointed hour this evening, Silego will release on its contest web page , a schematic for a typical circuit that can be integrated into its GPAK ICs. Participants will use GPAK2 Designer Software, implement an equivalent design using the GPAK2 IC, and then email the completed design file (*.gp2) to shootout@silego.com. The first person to submit a working design, as judged by Silego’s FAE Chuck Husted, wins a $500 Bounty. The first 20 entries with a working design will win a GPAK Shootout T-shirt. Every participant is entitled to 60% discount on the GPAK2 Kit on the Silego Webstore, enabling you to practice, the company says, for its next event in November; this will be around US Thanksgiving Day so is (naturally) the “Turkey Shootout” contest.

Participants wishing to hone their skills prior to the contest are encouraged to view and implement this practice circuit . You can download the free-of-charge GPAK Designer Software from the Silego website.

“The GPAK Shootout is intended to illustrate how customers really can integrate 20 components in 20 minutes for 20 cents,” said John McDonald, VP of Marketing. “GPAK designer software is similar to schematic capture software except the result is a small cheap IC, instead of discrete components which take up lots of space on your PCB. If our parts are fast to implement and easy to use, our design contest should also be fast and easy, and we also want it to be fun.”

Silego; www.silego.com