Texas Instruments Announces European Analog Design Contest

European Analog Design Contest (ADC) that tends to encourage system-level design within Universities has been announced by Texas Instruments. This is an opportunity for University students to show creativity and engineering skills whilst working on a design project using any of the TI’s broad range of high-performance analog Integrated Circuits (IC’s).

tiAccording to TI, this contest that is co-sponsored by Mouser Electronics and allows students to gain experience and recognition in the analog field as well as competing against other teams for cash prizes. All cash prizes will be paid to the team leader of each winning team.

What you can win

First Round: In the first round there will be twenty winning teams. Each of these teams will be awarded a cash prize of US$ 1,000. These twenty winning teams will progress to the second round.

Second Round: In the second round there will be four winning teams of the Texas Instruments European Analog Design Contest.

The TOP 4 team prizes will be awarded as follows:

First place: US$ 10,000
Second place: US$ 5,000
Third place: US$ 2,500
Fourth place:

US$ 2,500

Who Can Enter

The Texas Instruments European Analog Design Contest (ADC) is open to teams of between 2 – 5 members aged eighteen years of age or older who are registered engineering students (Undergraduate, Master and PhD) at a University in one of the participating countries listed below. All teams must nominate a team leader and have an advising professor to supervise their project. Students can only register for the ADC in one team per year.

The eligible countries include All EU countries, Algeria, Belarus, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine

How to enter

Step 1: Select your team and project

Each team must have a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 5 members. A team leader must be nominated from each team.

You are advice to think carefully and strategically when selecting your team members, considering the skills that you will need in order to complete your project report. A list of key skills that they feel will benefit your team include:

  • Organisation
  • Analog Knowledge
  • Programming Knowledge
  • Confident Report Writing in English

Step 2: Complete the registration form

Each team leader must complete the registration form on behalf of their team and send it to adc2013-emea@ti.com before the registration deadline.

Please note that in case you face problems downloading this registration form in certain web browsers, or if experience any problems, please right-click on the link and select “Save As” or email them at adc2013-emea@ti.com and they will send you a form via email.

Registration forms must be submitted by the team leader to adc2013-emea@ti.com before 23:59 (GMT) on 28th February 2013.

Step 3: Request tools and ICs

Each team leader will be given the chance to request up to $100 worth of TI tools (Boards/EVMs) from the EUP. Please note that ICs (Chips/Devices) are not included in this amount but information on how to obtain them can be found here. Only one email request will be accepted from each team so make sure the request is for all the tools that the team needs – up to the value of $100. More than one tool can be requested, but only three units of each specific tool will be given. Teams may use other Texas Instruments tools and ICs but only $100 worth of tools will be provided by the European University Program.

A list of tools which were popular in previous editions of the ADC and other student projects as well as information on how to obtain ICs can be found here.

Tool requests must be submitted by the team leader to adc2013-emea@ti.com by 23:59 (GMT) on 30th April 2013.

Step 4: Complete and submit your project report

Once you have requested your tools and IC’s your team needs to move onto the practical part of the project. Planning is key to a successful project and we recommend the following steps:

  • Create a timetable for each step of your project and ensure to allocate enough time
  • Agree on the scope of project and know who in your team will complete each task
  • Begin early with your desk research
  • Move onto the simulation
  • Build and test your design
  • Write your design report

Each team must submit a design report that meets all the requirements set out in the Report Guidelines. All design reports will be judged against the criteria set out in the Judging Criteria.

Design Reports must be submitted by the team leader to adc2013-emea@ti.com by 23:59 (GMT) on 31st July 2013.

Source TI