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International Hardware Design Contest 2017.

Read this article for more information.

Important Dates

  • Registration start date: 8:00 am PST, Nov. 16, 2016
  • Registration deadline: 5:00 pm PST, Jan. 31, 2017
  • Preliminary design submission date: 5:00 pm PST, April. 15, 2017
  • Final design submission date: 5:00 pm PST, May. 15, 2017

The final award winners will be announced at 2017 IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC).


$2,500 for the first place team, $1,500 for second place team and $1,000 for the third place team. Up to $600 travel support will also be provided for the top five teams to attend DAC.

What is the International Hardware Design Contest 2017 ?

Starting this year, ACM Special Interest Group in Design Automation (SIGDA) will sponsor an annual hardware design contest with dedicated themes to boost the research and development in the related areas. For this first year, the theme is set to be FPGA for Internet-of-Things (IoT). IoT is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items-embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these “things” to collect, exchange and operate on data. How these “things” are designed is of critical importance to the efficacy and efficiency of IoT. In this contest, we will explore the use of low-power FPGAs to implement new concepts and designs in IoT edge computing.

Who are eligible?

  • The contest is open equally to teams from both academia and industry. Collaborative teams between the two are also welcome.
  • Each team is required to register (following the guidelines in the “Contest Registration” section). A brief pre-screening will be conducted and the notification of whether the registration is accepted or not will be sent out within 1 business day.
  • Each accepted team will be provided with a Lattice FPGA board, which is required to be part of the design. Please choose one of the four boards described in BOARD CHOICE GUIDANCE section.
  • Each team may use other components such as GPUs, CPUs, etc. if needed to form a heterogeneous system. However, we will not provide these additional components and they must be acquired at the team's own expenses.

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For registration and contest related inquiries, you can email: Need to add “HDC2017” to the subject line of any email. Register as early as possible and no later than the deadline outlined, because free FPGA boards will be limited to the first 25 teams on a first come first served basis.

To register the team, please provide the following information:

  • Affiliation of the team/contestant(s)
  • Names of team members
  • One correspondence e-mail address for the team
  • Name of the team
  • A short paragraph of no more than 250 words about your design idea and the problem you are planning to solve.
  • Gmail address (Technical support will be provided through Google Groups)

To find out more about this event, visit Website.

Source : HDC 2017

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