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NXP & Mouser launch design contest

17th November 2014
Nat Bowers

NXP Semiconductors has introduced their line of multi-gate, multifunction, dual PCB configurable logic devices with Schmitt-trigger inputs. The Dual PCB Configurable Logic product line will be the centrepiece in a design contest featuring products from other NXP Business Units, including Smart Analog, Load Switches, Protection and Filtering, Small Signal MOSFETs, Small Signal Diodes, and other devices on the same evaluation board.

By offering more flexibility in the combinations of logic functions that can be achieved, NXP Logic allows design flexibility, reduced inventory cost and faster qualification in customer's applications.

Clifford Lloyd, Business Development Director, Logic Business Line, NXP, who presented to editors and analysts at electronica, comments: "To improve design flexibility there has been an increase in the demand for combination logic devices. The dual configurable logic devices combine two or more different functions in a single package offering the flexibility to configure them separately. As a result, engineers will always have glue logic readily available to create design solutions efficiently and economically."

The Dual PCB Configurable Logic Contest will be this year's entry in the 2015 Big I.D.E.A. (International Design Engineering Award), sponsored by NXP and Mouser. The Big Idea will launch worldwide with huge cash and merchandise awards for the most creative design using all the NXP products together in one application solution. Developed by Convergence Promotions, the Big I.D.E.A. offers many great prizes. Starting 1st January, 2015, the contest will entail engineers navigating from the sign-up process, through an on-line schematic tool, to working with a demo board in the final submission. Prizes are awarded at the conclusion of every stage of the contest, so more engineers can qualify, regardless of how far they go in the contest.

According to Glenn ImObersteg, President of Convergence, "This is the first time a contest of this scope has been attempted in the embedded industry. Normally, design contests feature just an MCU or other product from a supplier, but by bringing many of the business units and products at NXP together for this one effort, we can really demonstrate some of the products that NXP can offer the design community."

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