Freescale Announces Finalists in its First Green FTF Design Challenge

Top five receive advanced Freescale tools to develop sustainable designs and compete for cash prizes totalling $61,000

Austin, Texas, (PresseBox) - Freescale Semiconductor today announced the five finalists invited to compete in the company's first green engineering design contest. The Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Design Challenge Europe finalists will strive to develop the next generation of sustainable embedded systems based on Freescale's energy-efficient technologies and easy-to-design-with development tools.

Freescale selected five finalists from a field of more than 200 participants made up of embedded systems developers and engineering students representing Europe. Each submission was judged on creativity, design efficiency, technical complexity, number of Freescale devices used, and overall application innovation to improve the environment.

Each of the five finalists will receive a $1,000 (USD) award, a professional CodeWarrior® development platform and a video camera to capture their design building experience. Freescale invites these finalists to develop prototypes of their designs to be submitted to an expert panel for final judging at FTF Europe, October 7.

Other International FTF Design Challenges have opened over the past several months. Freescale will award more finalists' prizes and a first-place winner in each regional design challenge. In addition to the five first-place winners receiving $10,000, they will be invited to move on to the Grand FTF Design Challenge where they can vie for an additional $50,000 in prizes and a ticket to the FTF 2009 of his or her choice.


Top Five Finalists (in no particular order):

- ZPP (Zero Power Platform) by Stefan Heinbockel from Siemens AG
- An environmentally friendly irrigation system by Erol Aran from InI Bilisim Ltd.
- Kinetic energy recovery system for vehicles by Chenghan Li from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
- Smart Heating System by Jingning Zhang from Telecom Bretagne
- Buy Buy Standby from Carlos Cossio by ApliSoft


The finalists will submit their completed prototypes by the September 1, 2008 deadline. Each finalist will receive a cash prize, complimentary travel and accommodations in addition to free admission to the Freescale Technology Forum where attendees will vote on the winning prototype.

Freescale will announce the FTF Design Challenge Europe first place winner who will receive $10,000, second place winner who will receive $5,000 and third place winner will receive $2,000.


Freescale Technology Forum Europe October 7, 2008 InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel Paris, France Background:

Announced in October 2008, Freescale's FTF Design Challenge invites embedded designers worldwide to "go green", rewarding the most inventive design teams with cash prizes and high-profile recognition. The challenge includes free technical training and a professional CodeWarrior development platform that supports a range of Freescale's technologies. For more information, visit

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2007 sales of $5.7 billion (USD)

About the Freescale Technology Forum

Created to inspire innovation and collaboration, the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) has become the developer event of the year for the embedded semiconductor industry. The Forum, which debuted in 2005, has drawn nearly 20,000 attendees at FTF events worldwide since its inception. For more information about FTF events, go to

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