Monday, February 7, 2011

Break the 8/16-bit habit

Most people, including me, like to get stuff for free. Electronic component manufacturers know this and often they offer free samples in the hope that their parts get designed in. Microcontroller manufacturers have started doing design contests and other campaigns to get new users for their products. One of the latests campaigns was launched by NXP for their ARM Cortex-M0 parts.

NXP already did do a design contest (or challenge as they called it) for their LPC1100 parts and now they are giving away LPCXpresso boards that contain a Cortex device. To get one, all you have to do is to show how you plan to stop using 8 and 16-bit devices. You can do this by sending in a picture or a video and if accepted it will be posted here.

Here is the video I sent in.

NXP's website does not mention which LPCXpresso board you will get, but I suppose it will be the board with the LPC1114.

Here are some photos & videos I received in response to this article. Feel free to share your way of breaking the 8/16 bit habit by sending me your photo and/or video and I will put them up here too.

L. Francey prefers to use his obsolete microcontrollers to create arty objects.

Marc will eat anything that has legs.

Jonathan likes Aciiid!

Denis combines his passions for nature and electronics.


  1. Wow - that is an interesting way in dealing with your habbits!


  2. Well, I'll think about how to stop using 8/16 bit microcontrollers in a funny way!

  3. Drat! I made a perfectly horrid picture, only to find out their web input form is broken.

    Bummer. Still, those MCU's look pretty impressive.

  4. I also sent my video
    how do you know if you're going to send the chip?

  5. I am not sending the chip, NXP does. I received my board this morning. Their was a check box on the submission form to get confirmation when the submission was accepted.

  6. do we need a corporate email for this?