Circuit Cellar Online PIC2000 Contest


Circuit Cellar Online is the on-line version of Circuit Cellar Ink, a magazine founded by Steve Ciarcia.  In 1999, they announced a design contest in cooperation with Microchip.  The topic was 'Connecting the PIC to the Internet'.  When the winners were announced in July 2000, I was pleased to find out that I had won four of the seven prizes, including the top three!  My total prize was $20,000 (including $15,000 in cash).

The prize winning entries included a 10BaseT PIC Web Server.  Using a custom built printed circuit board, the PIC was interfaced to a standard PC ethernet board, allowing it to become a full fledged node on the local ethernet network.  Software contained in the PIC then implemented the full embedded web server as well as a number of user applications.  Those that won the contest included a Web Camera, a Web Chart Recorder, an X-10 Server, and a SLIP Server.


Receiving the awards at the 2000 Embedded Internet Conference in San Jose, CA.
From left to right: Myron Loewen (previous winner and now Microchip employee),
Cindy Trotto (Director of Marketing), myself, and Tom Cantrell (columnist for Circuit Cellar Ink).
Note that one can see a glimpse of the hardware prizes on the chair behind Tom.
full size of this and two other images
 

Information about my winning contest entries are available thru the links below:

chipcenter.com archive containing the official announcement of winners

Backup site in case chipcenter is down
The above pages were originally posted in the Circuit Cellar Online section of
ChipCenter LLC's Web site in August 2000. ChipCenter LLC holds the copyright
to these pages and has expressly granted permission for them to be posted on
this site.  ChipCenter is a leading site for electronics engineers where
they can find a wide variety of editorial information and purchase
semiconductors online.

Schematic

See my article in Circuit Cellar Ink #123, October 2000

The circuit board in the Web Server also won the Nuts and Volts/ExpressPCB contest.

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