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Renesas Electronics unveils green energy challenge for designers

Renesas Electronics unveils green energy challenge for designers

Renesas Electronics has launched a global design contest, inviting embedded engineers to showcase their skill in developing green energy designs.

The RL78 Green Energy Challenge begins 26 March and ends 31 August and winners will be announced at the Renesas DevCon, Anaheim, California in October.

The contest, based around Renesas' RL78 microcontrollers and software support environment, challenges engineers to develop designs in areas such as energy harvesting, low power, metering, monitoring and control systems.

"As embedded systems become more connected, Renesas Electronics is enabling new ways to gather data, manage resources, make intelligent decisions and interact with the world around us," said: Mohammed Dogar, Renesas Electronics Europe's product marketing manager, Industrial & Distribution Unit. "We've committed to our vision of a 'smart society' where electronic systems use less power, are more intuitive and improve overall quality of life. In the RL78 Green Energy Challenge, we're looking for designs that define the essence of green energy and inspire others to stand up and do the same."

Renesas will provide a RL78 Renesas Demonstration Kit (RDK) to up to 780 contestants who provide a qualifying abstract related to green energy. The RDK is an evaluation and demonstration tool for Renesas RL78/G13 mcus. According to Renesas, the use of the RDK is encouraged but not required. The contest will be coordinated across Europe, North America, Brazil and Asia.

Renesas Electronics America will award the following prizes: First place, $8000, plus a trip to Renesas DevCon 2012; second place, $5000; third place $2000; and five honorable mentions receiving $500 each. Renesas and partners will also have weekly drawing for prizes such as books, t-shirts, software and hardware solutions. Participating partners will also present their own hardware and software prize awards, based on criteria for their respective prizes.

Judges will select the winning green energy designs based on a scoring of technical merit, design originality, usefulness, cost effectiveness, and documentation.

To join the competition, register at from March 26th, 2012.

Chris Shaw

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