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Students, show off your technical talent @ Mentor’s University Design Contest 2010!

June 24, 2010

I really envy the students of today! They live in such lucky times!! There are so many opportunities for them to learn, grow and flourish, and so many avenues to venture!!!

Here’s one more opportunity for those brilliant students from various engineering colleges across India.  Friends, you can participate and show off your techical talent by participating in Mentor Graphics’ University Design Contest 2010!

Veeresh Shetty, Mentor Graphics.

Mentor's Veeresh Shetty.

I was elated when Veeresh Shetty of Mentor Graphics informed me today about this great contest!  Thanks a lot, Veeresh, and Mentor Graphics India, especially, my friend Raghu Panicker, for taking time to think about spotting talent among students.

Time to participate and win, dear students!
First, what do the students get out of this contest? Well, there’s prize money involved! The top three winners will earn a Certificate of Recognition. There will be one Winner team followed by two runner-up teams. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $3,000, 1st Runner-up – $2,000 and 2nd Runner-up – $1,000, respectively.

So, what’s the purpose behind this contest? Well, this is the inaugural Mentor Graphics University Design contest 2010 in India.

The objective/focus of this contest is to provide an opportunity for engineering students to showcase their technical talent and competency using Mentor Graphics tools. The company expects to grow this contest with increased representation and participation, and draw maximum number of contestants.

What’s the aim?
The contest aims to provide an opportunity for engineering students from different technology streams to participate in the contest and demonstrate their technical capabilities, problem solving, project management and design skills in a contest against their peers.

It will also provide all participants with new perspectives on how design teams from different disciplines and different regions of the country approach a common design problem. Students will also get  a chance to meet experts to showcase and present their ideas, and network with fellow participants to discuss newer ideas of working on a project.

And here’s the contest!
What are the contestants supposed to do? The DUT will primarily consists of five blocks:
1. Fetch (Must be designed in System Verilog)
2. Decode (Must be designed in Verilog)
3. Execute (Must be designed in VHDL)
4. Write Back (Must be designed in Verilog)
5. Testbench (Must be designed in System Verilog)

What happens once students have submitted their projects? The contest involves the following three stages:

Stage 1: Preparation and Submission of Paper/Project
Stage Two: Poster Presentation
Stage Three: Paper/Project Presentation

Technical committee and judges
The technical committee for this contest will be techno-experts from Mentor Graphics, headed by Rajeev Sehgal, Development Engineering Director. Each team’s paper submission will be reviewed by the technical committee based on:
* System Functionality : The hence designed MCU will be required to correctly execute sample instructions file.
* In case the complete system is not functional unit level functionality will be considered.
* RTL Code (Apart from TestBench) must be synthesizable.
* Timing of unit blocks must be honored.
* Coding style and Block partitioning will be considered.
* Synthesize the DUT and show it working on a FPGA board. Use of ethnography and contextual research.

In addition the next two stages will be reviewed based on:

* Clarity and organization of the project/solution.
* Relevance and clarity of presentation material (slides, etc).
* Quality of argument used to justify why the solution is worthy of consideration.

Early this year, I was also part of an initiative, again involving Mentor Graphics, this time with the RV-VLSI Design Center, where a similar design contest was rolled out for students. Look forward to seeing more such initiatives. Best of luck to the students participating in this contest! You can contact: mktg_india[at]mentor.com for details!

  1. Vivek Saxena
    June 25, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Hi Pradeep,

    It is really heartening to see such kind of initiative taken by Mentor Graphics once again. The contest announced early this year in association with RV-VLSI Design Center has been successfuly completed the first two phases, viz., completion of the projects and nomination of the best group from each particiapting colleges. The winners will be announced soon.


  2. June 25, 2010 at 6:52 am

    That’s great news, Vivek.. Would love to hear more about the projects, etc. Regards.

  3. sneha
    June 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I passed out in 2009 B.E. Electronics Engg;working currently as an embedded engineer with KPIT cummins Infosystems on Matlab platform.Am I eligible to take part in Mentor Graphics’ University Design Contest 2010 ..or is it only for college students

  4. June 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Hello Sneha, good to hear from you.

    I believe this is open for engineering students from colleges. Nevertheless, you should get in touch with Mentor Graphics to find out more at mktg_india[at]mentor.com!

  5. Anubhav
    June 29, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I am a third year engineering student.I am very excited about this competition and wanna take part in it but i couldn’t figure it out that when its going to happen so please tell me date and timings.

    Warm regards
    Anubhav Srivastav

  6. June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Anubhav, the contact ID is given, so better shoot an email… best wishes.

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