SOURCE: NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors

August 23, 2010 06:13 ET

NXP Cortex-M0 LPC1100 Design Challenge Receives Record Number of Designs

LPCXpresso Ships Over 10,000 Tools in Six Months and Adds Linux Support

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) - NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) and EE Times have completed the Cortex-M0 LPC1100 Design Challenge by announcing the final four winners. The challenge resulted in over 500 LPCXpresso enabled designs from over 40 countries and has fostered a social community with 1600 members and received over 25,000 unique web visitors. All qualified contestants received LPCXpresso development systems with integrated LPC-Link which provided a common Eclipse based platform for software development and enabled seamless system integration into their final designs. Using LPCXpresso, contestants explored the capabilities of the Cortex-M0 LPC1100 and showed through their exciting designs what they could do with 65c.

The contest also revolved around giving the contestants a voice towards the future development of LPCXpresso. Most of the contestants voted for the development to be supported on a wider range of computing platforms. NXP has already taken this into account and will be launching Linux support on 20th September at ESC Boston 2010, and will continue to develop and enhance the features of LPXpresso to support other platforms.

"With the Cortex-M0 LPC1100 Design Challenge, NXP and EE Times have extended the success of the LPCXpresso development platform," said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. "LPCXpresso has shipped to over 10,000 customers in just six months proving that Eclipse-based tools are becoming more and more viable and popular for sub dollar microcontroller development."

Winners from Design contest
NXP chose four winning designs and awarded them with a grand prize, a second prize and two honorable mentions. All the finalists demonstrated the unique capabilities of LPC1100 highlighting its unprecedented performance and power characteristics along with its intrinsic code reduction capability.

Grand prize winner:
Low-Weight,Low-Power Variometer and Flight Logger (for RC Gliders) using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Walkie-Talkie -- This design used LPCXpresso to poll variometers for altitude, altitude change, and temperature. In addition, it also polls the battery voltage; generates speech from .wav data in micro-SD, controllesmic-key of (Cobra Micro Talk) walkie-talkie; and stores the entire flight data on a micro-SD card.

Second prize winner:
Wikipedia Cortex -- With the help of LPCXpresso, the Wikipedia player offers smooth scrolling, clear text and the complete human knowledge in the palm of your hand. This device can also play photos, music and games as well as other applications with alternate firmware.

Honorable mention winners:
Energy Friendly Socket -- The socket calculates the power consumption of electrical appliances with communication using Zigbee radio link.

Noisy Display -- The soccer World Cup Noisy Display controls a row of RGB LEDs fixed to the end of a rattle to create patterns while the rattle is rotated. 

About LPCXpresso & LPC-Link
The LPCXpresso development platform features a powerful Eclipse-based IDE with an all-new intuitive NXP-designed user interface, optimized Cortex-M0 compiler and libraries, LPC-Link JTAG/SWD debug probe and target boards providing users with all the tools needed to accelerate product development and time-to-market. LPCXpresso is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced designer.

LPCXpresso users can evaluate, explore and develop within a single easy-to-use interface while retaining all the advanced features associated with powerful and expensive tools. Using the in-built plug-in interface, LPCXpresso users can also collaborate seamlessly with the other Eclipse-based platforms.

With the recent introduction of LPCXpresso for the LPC1768, the LPCXpresso development system now supports the full range of Cortex-M microcontrollers from NXP Semiconductors including the LPC1700 industry highest performance 120MHz Cortex-M3, the LPC1343 comprehensive USB Cortex-M3 solution and the LPC1114 industry lowest power 32-bit Cortex-M0 solution.

Availability

The LPCXpresso tool platform is available now for worldwide distribution.

To review all the designs, visit www.LPC1100challenge.com
For more information on LPCXpresso, visit: www.nxp.com/lpcxpresso
For more information on NXP LPC1100 microcontroller, visit: www.nxp.com/microcontrollers

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009. For more information visit www.nxp.com.

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