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Texas Instruments announces "Innovation Challenge: India" for engineering students


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2013-04-04 11:47:48 - Bigger scale contest intends to draw students to use more electronics in designing efficient products

Bangalore, April 4th, 2013: Texas Instruments (TI) announced the launch of "Innovation Challenge: India" at the Texas Instruments India Educators Conference in Bangalore today. "Innovation Challenge: India" will be a much larger contest than the TI India Analog Design Contests held in the last few years. The two-tiered contest will start at the college level across India in May 2013 and culminate in a national level contest in April 2014.

Students will have to design products using at least three TI Analog ICs, or two TI Analog ICs and a TI Embedded Processing IC. The winners at the national level will receive a prize of US$ 10,000 and the Texas Instruments Chairman’s trophy. Students can win exciting prizes in the

college-level contests as well.

More than 700 professionals, academicians and students from engineering colleges are attending the first-ever TI India Educators Conference in Bangalore on April 4th and 5th, 2013. Over 90 technical papers and 30 poster papers related to system and applications design based on TI analog ICs and embedded processors are being presented in four tracks at the Conference.

The Conference was inaugurated by Steve Lyle, Director - Diversity & Work Force Development, TI; Dr. Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra, President & Managing Director, TI India; and Brad Ruzicka, Worldwide University Marketing Manager, TI. The program also includes a post-conference tutorial on April 6th & 7th that features six tracks running in parallel.

At the Conference, students are showcasing over 60 electronic products developed by them using TI technology. These exhibits are categorized into eight application areas: Automotive Electronics, Industrial Automation, Instrumentation, Home Automation, Energy Conservation, Robotics, Medical and Assistive Technologies. A special booth also showcases TI’s solutions for solar energy harvesting.

In addition, three keynote demonstrations were shown during the conference inauguration in the form of "technology plays" that presented "Internet of Things," "Low-Power RF"and "Digital Light Processing" (DLP) technologies from Texas Instruments.

The play titled "The Infinite Coffee Cup" brought out how technology can help a cafe to serve its customers better even when the waiter is Charlie Chaplin! "Sherlock Holmes in the Modern Times" brought out how technology can make detective work "elementary, my dear Watson!". "Let there be light" brought out the deployment of DLP technology in entertainment and education.

"TI is committed to nurture engineering talent and our University programs bring together everyone who is working towards the common goal of equipping our students with industry-necessary skill-sets," said Steve Lyle, Director - Diversity & Work Force Development, TI. "As a company focused on innovation, we hope to inspire students to get creative with technology and chip design."

"In India, we have a robust University program encompassing over 800 engineering colleges to help encourage innovation in system and applications design using TI’s Analog and Embedded Processing products," said R Madhu, Director - University Programs, TI India. "In addition to setting up labs in these colleges, we conduct workshops, train-the-trainer programs and innovation contests for students to help develop and hone their practical aptitude. Many universities have included TI technology in their curricula."

"Innovation Challenge: India will help us to draw students to the field of system design," said Dr. C P Ravikumar, Technical Director - University Relations, TI India. "The college level contests will help us to identify student teams who will take part in the national level innovation challenge."

Texas Instruments has partnered with Cranes Software and some regional partners to conduct the college level contests across the country.

About Texas Instruments:

Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

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