Give a boost to your TI MCU LaunchPad Evaluation Kit - Enter TI's MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge!

    Give a boost to your TI MCU LaunchPad Evaluation Kit - Enter TI's MCU
                        BoosterPack Design Challenge!

Enter original designs by March 1, 2013 for the chance to demo your design in
the TI booth at DESIGN West. Entrants may also have the opportunity to have
CircuitCo consider their designs for manufacture.

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Jan. 15, 2013

DALLAS, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Developers can now give their TI
microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad Evaluation Kits an extra boost – and showcase
it at one of the largest technology trade shows in the world! Starting today,
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN), in collaboration with Mouser
Electronics, is inviting engineers, university students and hobbyists in the
United States to enter the TI MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge. TI MCU
BoosterPacks are plug-in modules that enable developers, students and
hobbyists to add greater functionality and peripherals to one of three TI MCU
LaunchPad evaluation platforms. Up to three winners will be flown to San Jose,
Calf. to demonstrate their winning designs in the TI booth (#1607) at DESIGN
West 2013. Winners may also have the opportunity to have their original
BoosterPack plug-in module designs considered for manufacture by CircuitCo
Electronics. For the avoidance of doubt, TI will not be under any obligation
to manufacture any BoosterPack plug-in module designs. For more information on
BoosterPack plug-in modules and to see previous examples, designers can go to

The MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge is an opportunity for innovators to
design a creative BoosterPack that exhibits a unique feature or compelling
functionality that is not currently offered in the market today. Makers can
design a BoosterPack leveraging the differentiated features of any of the
three TI MCU LaunchPad evaluation kits: MSP430™ LaunchPad, C2000™ LaunchPad
and Stellaris® LM4F120 LaunchPad. The TI MCU LaunchPad ecosystem allows
engineers to design easy-to-use, modular boards targeted at low-power,
real-time control and connectivity applications. BoosterPack plug-in modules
enable greater functionality, flexibility, peripherals and scalability to
easily extend LaunchPad's capabilities with LCD, LED lighting, capacitive
touch, motor control, Bluetooth® and more.

TI MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge guidelines

Challenge participants will have until March 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. CST, to
submit an original BoosterPack design online at Several
of the requirements include:

  oProviding a schematic and a brief, written description of the BoosterPack
  oDesigning a BoosterPack with bill of materials (BOM) not exceeding $40 USD
    and conforming to the BoosterPack pinout standard.
  oUploading the project to either Google Drive or Github online file sharing
  oRecording a video describing the BoosterPack idea and uploading it to

To read the full contest rules applicable to this contest, go to

After the challenge deadline, a judging panel consisting of individuals from
TI, Mouser and CircuitCo will determine the three contest winners. The online
community can show their support via Facebook Likes and the Make the Switch
forum. Winners will be announced March 22, 2013 on Entities
affiliated with this contest include TI, Mouser, CircuitCo, Total Phase,
Anaren, and Olimex LTD.

Join other LaunchPad enthusiasts and BYOB - Build Your Own BoosterPack

Since their introduction in 2010, MCU LaunchPads have quickly become a popular
evaluation platform within the design community, selling close to half a
million kits to date. Many have already built their own BoosterPack plug-in
module and shared them with the online community. The best-selling C5000™
Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack and the C2000™ LED BoosterPack as well as
the new CC2530 ZigBee® BoosterPack are examples of BoosterPack plug-in
modules, but they are just the beginning. Join the LaunchPad community, build
your own BoosterPack and see how far your designs can take you!

For more information about this contest and to submit an original BoosterPack
design, visit To find out more about BoosterPacks plug-in
modules, visit

TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software

From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP microcontrollers, to Stellaris® ARM
® Cortex™-M microcontrollers to real-time control C2000™ microcontrollers and
Hercules™ safety microcontrollers, TI offers a broad range of microcontroller
solutions. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's
complete software and hardware tools, extensive third-party offerings and
technical support.

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